DAVIE - John Jerry has battled weight issues his entire football career, from Pop Warner to the pros, and it appears his battle with the bulge continues in 2013.
Jerry, who has served as the Miami Dolphins starting right guard for two of his three seasons, claims he began the offseason program weighing under 340 pounds. But it appears he’s put on a few extra pounds during the three weeks Miami's OTA practice sessions.
Jerry is listed at 345 pounds on the team’s minicamp roster.
When asked whether Jerry is heavier than when the offseason program began coach Joe Philbin’s response was: “Not much.”
“He’s doing a good job,” Philbin said about Jerry, whom the coaches wants under 340 pounds. “He’s not much heavier.”
Jerry, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, has spent every snap this offseason as the Dolphins starting right guard. But this former Ole Miss standout might have competition during training camp in July when Lance Louis, a free agent addition, is medical cleared to practice.
Louis tore the ACL in his left knee in late November while starting at right guard for the Chicago Bears. Louis, who has started 28 games for the Bears in his four seasons, is optimistic he’ll be able to practice with his teammates in a month or two.
Observations from Omar Kelly:
— New fullback Evan Rodriguez is wearing No. 48.
— Florida International's coaching staff is here visiting the Dolphins.
— Richard Marshall has spent the past two days working as the nickel, returning to the role he held early in 2012.
— Again, Dolphins first-round pick Dion Jordan is the only player not here. He's not allowed to attend because of NFL rules.
— Olivier Vernon has spent all of the offseason as the Dolphins starting right defensive end. Will it allow him to hold off Dion Jordan?
— I'm always fascinated that Brent Grimes goes through his stretching drill holding a football. Does it every day.
— Jamar Taylor continues to work on the side. This gives fellow CB Will Davis an opportunity to entrench himself in the top 4.
— Dustin Keller is holding a helmet, but I don't see him practicing with the team.
— Caleb Sturgis is kicking today. He just made a 47-yard field goal.
— Caleb Sturgis just split the uprights on a 48-yard field goal.
— Tight end Dustin Keller is beating up a tire with a sled hammer as part of his rehab work. Guess he's not practicing again today.
— Dan Marino is here to watch the Dolphins minicamp practice. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee is also here.
— It is thundering in Davie so we'll be using the Nick Saban Memorial bubble for day 2 of OTAs.
— New addition Evan Rodriguez is working as a fullback and he's A LOT bigger than his peers. Lean too.
— Dallas Thomas spent his second day participating in team drills as a left tackle.
— Randy Starks got more involved in practice, but committed a false start on his first snap of 11-on-11s.
— Mike Wallace couldn't bring in a 37-yards touchdown pass from Tannehill. The throw was a little long, but Wallace was behind Brent Grimes.
— Armon Binns spent a few snaps working as the starting slot receiver.
— Lee Robinson dropped a possible interception during 7-on-7.
— A collision with Armon Binns prevented Kelcie McCray from pulling in an interception during 7-on-7s.
— Very heated action during 11-on-11. Ryan Tannehill was trying to rally a come from behind and threw two interceptions in the rally.
— "We're going to have more explosive plays. We've got faster receivers on the outside," Mike Pouncey on the offense.
— First, he followed up a 40-yard run and catch to Brian Hartline by getting picked off in the end zone by Brent Grimes on a throw to Wallace.
— Tannehill responded for the offense next drive by closing the 10-point deficit with a touchdown pass to Armon Binns, who beat Will Davis.
— On Tannehill's final drive he was picked off by De'Andre Presley, ending the series with a bad third down throw. Presley jumped Wallace route.
— Ryan Tannehill's final drive started with a penalty when Brandon Gibson jumped offsides.
— Charles Clay scored a short touchdown during 7-on-7s after dropping two passes. A very up and down day for Clay.
— Clay dropped a slant from Tannehill during 11-on-11 where he was a couple yards behind Kelcie McCray. Would have been a touchdown.
— Armon Binns caught a touchdown pass during goal line work for 7-on-7s.
— Lee Robinson sacked Pat Devlin during 11-on-11.
— Koa Misi picked off Tannehill on a low pass to a tight end. Good return on the play.
— Nolan Carroll worked as the kickoff returner again, returning to the role he had as a rookie.
— Kicker Caleb Sturgis missed two of the five kicks he made during his day. All kicks were in the 45-yard range.
— Pat Devlin threw a back shoulder pass that Jeff Fuller caught for a touchdown. Fuller has had a strong two days.
— Randy Starks got more involved with the practice today and worked as the starting DT paired with Jared Odrick in the nickel package.
— Nolan Carroll broke up a pass to Rishard Matthews on fourth-and-10. Was a huge deflection in a situational 11-on-11.
— When I asked GM Jeff Ireland if there's going to be action today, referring to Vonta Leach, his response is "there's always action."
— Kyle Miller made two straight big catches during the JV units series. He's really impressing lately. He's 53-worthy so far.
— Marcus Thigpen dropped a possible touchdown pass from Pat Devlin.
— Kyle Miller pulled down a 14-yard touchdown pass from Devlin, who threaded the needle to connect on the throw.
— We might be looking at our first position battle other than kicker if Armon Binns keeps practicing like he's been doing since OTA started.
— Armon Binns finished 2012 as Miami's starting slot and took away reps from Brandon Gibson during Wednesday's practice.
— Dustin Keller did not work with the team today. Michael Egnew and Charles Clay shared the tight end work. Clearly, Clay struggled.
— "As always we're looking for any way, any opportunity to improve your football team," Philbin said when asked about Vonta Leach visit.
— Philbin said fullback is not a easy position to evaluate during OTAs without pads.
— Philbin said his defensive schemes will be evolving. "We've added some things we've tested out, experimented with."
— "Tough guy. That's what I remember most," Philbin said of Vonta Leach.
— "He's a good athlete. We liked him coming out of college...He's a young developing player," Philbin said of Evan Rodriguez.
— "Lead by example, be unselfish, care about his teammates," Philbin said of expectations for Mike Wallace.
— Joe Philbin said Armon Binns is playing fast and "he makes the plays that are there."
— Joe Philbin said Armon Binns has been developing as a slot WR because the coaches want "a bigger target in there."
— Philbin commended De'Andre Presley for the practice sealing interception he made on Ryan Tannehill's come-from-behind series.
— The Dolphins' top performers during OTA today are. 1. Armon Binns (playmaker) 2. Brent Grimes (clutch end zone INT). 3. Koa Misi (INT on RT)
— The one thing I have noticed is the defense pulled down more catchable balls this offseason. The linebackers are clutch with their hands.
— The interception Koa Misi pulled down would have been a challenge for a receiver considering how low the ball was thrown. No problem for 55.
— And by far the best daily camp battle is Mike Wallace vs. Brent Grimes. They both have speed and it is an even matchup.
— I've concluded part of the reason Ryan Tannehill clearly favors Hartline is because Wallace faces Grimes, and no game planning YET.
— But Brian Hartline IS the most consistent offensive player on the team IMO. He's clutch every day, and I can't remember a drop.