What to watch for: Thursday's team scrimmage

Back-up Running Back Battle

It's clear that the #1 running back on the roster is Lamar Miller.  Miller has taken the majority of the snaps on the first team offense and has excelled in the Dolphins screen game.  The question the Dolphins have in the backfield is, who will take over the #2 role.  Much to the dismay of Dolphins fans, Daniel Thomas and 2nd year RB Mike Gillislee  have filled that role during this weeks OTA's.  Newly acquired RB Knowshon Moreno has spent his time working on his fitness instead of taking first team snaps with the team as he came to Miami out of shape.  It will be interesting to watch which running back will split the reps with Miller tomorrow.

Linebacker Rotation

The Dolphins are testing multiple personnel looks this week at linebacker.  Koa Misi had been lining up at MLB this year to begin Dolphins organized team activities but  swapped once again this week with Dannell Ellerbe for a couple different looks.  I believe the Dolphins like Misi at middle linebacker and would expect to see him get the start in that spot tomorrow with Ellerbe on the strong side and Wheeler as the weak side linebacker.  I'm also looking to see the young guys nipping at the heels of Wheeler and Ellerbe.  Jonathan Freeny has had some good practices and Jelani Jenkins has filled in for Ellerbe on some first team defense.  Jordan Tripp is a promising young rookie, and could earn his spot on the team by showing up on days like tomorrow.  


It's hard to tell this early in offseason practices who's on the mend, who's completely healthy or who's battling through nagging injuries.  A lot of players with injury history, or a lot of wear and tear on their bodies will usually take scrimmages off.  But I'm interested to see a few Dolphins players in particular.  WR Brandon Gibson, who injured his knee (torn patella) late last season, has been an active participant in most of the Dolphins activities this week including the WR skeleton drill.  Gibson has said that he should be 100% by training camp, but I wouldn't be surprised if the coaching staff sits him out tomorrow and lets some young guys get his reps. I don't expect to see DT Jared Odrick, who has missed all of the Dolphins OTAs.  And C Mike Pouncey and CB Cortland Finnegan were sidelined with undisclosed injuries today and we could see them all take a seat tomorrow alongside Brandon Gibson for tomorrows scrimmage.