For those looking for promising signs from the Dolphins' new offense, Saturday was your day.
In short, the Dolphins got the ball in the hands of their playmakers, and points were scored.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill utilized his athleticism when he kept on a read option on the first play in an 11-on-11 drill.
The next play was a reverse with wide receiver Brian Hartline carrying the ball.
Then Tannehill handed off to running back Lamar Miller who had a nice gain up the middle.
And, yes, there was even a successful deep pass from Tannehill to wide receiver Mike Wallace.
The play-calling was creative. The execution was crisp. There were no mishandled snaps. Coach Joe Philbin said he still has to review the practice video.
"But my gut tells me it was a good practice, it was good energy," he said. "[Friday] I think we were seven minutes behind. That happens when the center-quarterback exchange is going all over the place. I do think [Saturday] was a better practice."
Sure, the offensive line, with its five new starters, still struggled. Tannehill would have sustained a few sacks. And once the defense, which was again active and disruptive, stripped the ball from a receiver and recovered the fumble.
But overall Saturday was a day of improvement for the Dolphins' offense.
Sunday's practice first in full pads
The Dolphins will have their first full pads practice Sunday, and it should be pretty physical, especially because they're off on Monday.
This will be the biggest test for the re-tooled offensive line. It goes against a quality defensive line.
Expect to know more about the linebackers, also. Middle linebacker Koa Misi and strongside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe switched positions during the offseason. The Dolphins hope this move aids the run defense.
Running backs should be telling in a few ways. They run behind a new offensive line and they're facing a revamped linebacker unit.
•Wallace, who had 12 dropped passes last season, has been sure-handed so far in training camp.
•There was a crowd of about 1,200 at Saturday's practice, about the same as Friday's debut. Perhaps the 8 a.m. starting time is keeping the crowd on the low side.
•The defensive line, which should be the strongest unit on the team along with the wide receivers, continues to impress. Ends Cam Wake and Olivier Vernon were particularly active.
•Quality depth remains a question. There are a few quality backups (quarterback Matt Moore comes to mind) but in general there's a noticeable dip in execution when the backups take the field on both sides of the ball.
•WR Damian Williams. He caught a deep pass from Tannehill and seemed to catch everything thrown his way. And he gets yards after catch (YAC), too.
•WR Marcus Thigpen. He had a nice reception late in practice but he's basically been a forgotten man since moving from RB. It's crucial he retains his KOR and PR jobs.
DE Derrick Shelby (unknown ailment; wearing sleeve on right knee) and DT Jared Odrick (unknown ailment) were limited. LB Jelani Jenkins (unknown ailment) left the practice field early and didn't return. DT Issako Aaitui (unknown ailment) was limited.
Quote of the day
"Very smart, very aware. ... I like his poise. He's very coachable, he learns, he listens well. I expect him to develop, but I like what I've seen the last two days."
Joe Philbin, Dolphins coach on rookie RT Ja'Wuan James