Dolphins add scrimmage for Wednesday

Aug. 14, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With the first full week of fall camp in the books, the Jacksonville football team will have some heated competition for spots on the depth chart through the end of camp.

While there have been plenty of changes, head coach Kerwin Bell has added a scrimmage on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to get the Dolphins some extra experience in the system.

"We've had some changes on the depth chart at certain positions on defense, but on offense, everyone is still equal for right now," Bell said. "We're adding the scrimmage for Wednesday so we can better evaluate these guys to see where we are at heading into the final two weeks of camp."

There was some movement on the depth chart, including position changes. Jon Martinson has moved from tight end to defensive end. A.J. Land, a highly touted signee, has moved from linebacker to strong safety and is currently backing up James Mills.

There is also some competition for starting spots. Linebacker Chris Cherry has moved up at middle linebacker. Mills has been impressive throughout camp and is the starter at strong safety.

There is a battle to be the starter at running back with Cecil Coltrane, Ron Harris, Rudell Small and Tommie Rogers vying for playing time.

Preseason Notebook

Aug. 6 - Dolphins report for camp
Aug. 7 - First practice report
Aug. 8 - Inside the depth chart
Aug. 9 - Season tickets on sale
Aug. 10 - Ready for scrimmage?
Aug. 11 - Scrimmage #1 Report
Aug. 13 - JUDolphins.com chat
Aug. 14 - Depth chart update

Upcoming Schedule

Aug. 15 - Scrimmage #2 Report
Aug. 16 - Quotes from Media Day
Aug. 17 - Prepping for Scrimmage
Aug. 18 - Scrimmage #3 Report
Aug. 20 - JUDolphins.com chat

Rogers' progress has been hindered due to an injury he suffered late last week that limited his role in the scrimmage. Small took the most carries of any of the running backs and was quite impressive with his average of more than four yards per carry.

Coltrane and Harris also had big moments as well, with Harris turning in a spectacular 32-yard run - breaking free after it looked like he was going to lose yards on the play.

"I'm a big believer that competition in practice makes you stronger as a player," Bell said. "I like having guys battling for spots because you see them pushing each other to get better."

PRACTICE REPORT: With the first two-practice day on Monday, the Dolphins jumped back into their one practice mode on Tuesday for two hours as the offense and defense has been installed.

With the installation process complete, the Dolphins are now fine tuning the system as they look to gain consistency.

"We've had some very lively practices the past two days, which I love to see," Bell said. "They are really getting after it and the coaches are doing a good job of having these guys prepared."

In the second practice on Monday night, the Dolphins went through a session of the Oklahoma drill.

"We did Oklahomas on Monday night and we we're hitting until dark," Bell said. "Every one of our guys was still getting after it until that final whistle blew - which is how I want us to play."

TWO-A-DAYS CONTINUE: The Dolphins will have a long two-a-day practice on Wednesday, opening the day with a practice in the morning followed by the scrimmage at 7 p.m. It is the second of the Dolphins' six two-a-day practices scheduled during fall camp.

This is going to be a tough week as the Dolphins will have another scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.