DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins kicked off the first day of a three-day minicamp with Randy Starks in attendance for the first time all offseason.
Starks, a two-time Pro Bowler who has sat out all of the team's voluntary program pursuing a long-term contract, avoids a $66,000 fine by participating in the mandatory minicamp.
The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Starks, guaranteeing him $8.45 million for one season, but Starks, who will turn 30 in December, wants a multi-year deal.
During Starks' absence from OTAs Jared Odrick has filled in as the starting defensive tackle paired with Paul Soliai. Odrick, a two year starter at defensive end, could be making the position switch full-time.
Olivier Vernon, a former University of Miami standout the Dolphins selected in the third-round of the 2012 draft, has spent all offseason as the starting right end. He'll likely compare with Dion Jordan, the Dolphins' 2013 first-round pick, for the starting role when training camp begins in July.
Jordan has not been allowed to attend any of the Dolphins offseason program because Oregon is on a quarters system and NFL rules won't allow him to join the team until his semester ends. According to Oregon's class schedule Jordan should be taking finals this week.
Observations from Omar Kelly:
I suspect Randy Starks will be put on the 2nd team D-line during minicamp. Feel sorry for the 2nd team O-linemen who will receive his abuse.
It is sporadically raining in Davie. The Dolphins might be using the Nick Saban Memorial Bubble all day today. We'll see.
Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor is working on his rehab assignment on the side of the bubble.
Jonathan Martin is wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg.
Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick remain the first team defensive tackles. Olivier Vernon remains the starting right end.
Dannell Ellerbe, who missed some of last week's OTAs, is in attendance today.
WR Joe Hasting, D-lineman Jerome Long, FB Ryan D'Imperio and DT Tracy Robertson are here on a minicamp tryout (not signed).
It appears Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall should have their names written in pen as starting CBs for Miami if they hold up physically.
First round pick Dion Jordan is not in attendance. He can't participate in NFL activity until his classes have finished.
Charles Clay is beginning today's practice as the 2nd TE. Michael Egnew comes in behind him.
Ryan Tannehill just got picked off by Reshad Jones. BAD throw.
Rookie Dallas Thomas is participating in team drills as the 2nd team left tackle.
Will Yeatman is playing left guard today. It appears his possible switch to OT is over.
Lance Louis, who has been rehabbing an ACL he tore in late November, continues to do his rehab assignment. He might begin camp on PUP.
Dustin Keller is here, and dressed, but I haven't seen him involved with team portion of practice yet.
Dan Carpenter just MISSED a 34-yard field goal.
Carpenter responds by making a 34-yard field goal on his next rep.
I'm sorry. Both of those were 45-yard field goals for Dan Carpenter. I didn't carry the one.
Lamar Miller remains the starting tailback for Miami. Daniel Thomas continues his second team role.
Dustin Keller was held out of team drilling during the first day of minicamp.
Randy Starks sparingly practiced with the team during day one. He did line up for field goal block.
Mike Wallace caught a nice 20-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill. He was wide open.
Will Davis broke up a long ball throw from Pat Devlin to Brian Tyms. He flashed good ball tracking on the play.
Armons Binns pulled in a nice catch from Matt Moore, dropping into a open zone vs. the 2nd team defense.
Lamar Miller, Brent Grimes, Brandon Gibson, and Brian Hartline are fielding the punts.
Chris Clemons stepped in front of a pass down the seam for an interception during 7-on-7 half field work.
Rookie Don Jones continues to spend most of his practice snaps at safety.
Brian Tyms continues to make acrobatic catches.
Phillip Wheeler picked off Pat Devlin during half field 7-on-7. Wheeler breaks up a pass to Charles Clay during full field 7-on-7s.
Jelani Jenkins gets a pass deflection during JV work, which features Matt Moore as quarterback.
Nolan Carroll gets a deflection during 7-on-7s on pass intended for Marvin McNutt.
Don Jones intercepts a Pat Devlin pass during JV 7-on-7s.
Cameron Wake stuffs Michael Egnew at the line of scrimmage, preventing him from running his route.
Emeka Onyenekwu forces a strip on a sack of Ryan Tannehill during 7-on-7.
Rishard Matthews with a nice over the shoulder sideline catch from Ryan Tannehill.
Kyle Miller caught a nice back shoulder throw from Matt Moore, who primarily worked with the JV unit today.
Rishard Matthews caught a back shoulder throw from Tannehill.
Jeff Fuller caught a touchdown pass from Pat Devlin during 11-on-11.
Paul Soliai bats down a pass on third down during 11-on-11, ending the series.
Dion Sims worked with the first team offense during 11-on-11s today.
Armons Binns dropped a possible touchdown pass from Matt Moore during red zone work.
Mike Gillislee make a shifty run for a first down on a play that featured Sims as his lead blocker.
"That's why they brought me here, to score points," Mike Wallace said of the offense to score more touchdowns.
When I asked Dustin Keller if he can gets off the line against former Jets teammate Quinton Coples his response was "without a question!"
[Pic] Ryan Tannehill's busted up shoes. "I've had them since week 12 last year. They're broken in good." http://t.co/uaxcdZPpWQ
Ryan Tannehill said developing chemistry with his WRs is "huge. Some much of quarterback-receiver (chemistry) is being on the same page."
"Night and day compared to last year," Ryan Tannehill said of his confidence. Says his knowledge of the game has improved drastically.
"We're pushing the tempo, challenging the defense and seeing how the (offensive) guys handle it," Tannehill said.
Dan Carpenter ended practice with a 45 and 47-yard field goal. Caleb Sturgis didn't kick today. Maybe tomorrow.
Michael Egnew caught a 25-yard pass from Pat Devlin that got the 2nd team offense to the 1-yard line during 2-minute drill.
Don Jones pulled in an interception during the early portion of the 2-minute drill. The pass was tipped in the air by Egnew.
The weather cleared up today and the Dolphins did go outside. No rain during the day 1 session.
Dustin Keller said he sat out today's practice for precautionary reasons, directed all questions to Philbin.
Joe Philbin said he's examined what the team did since April 15, so no depth chart issues. The goal is to play-practice faster.
Philbin said the greatest growth he's seen from Ryan Tannehill is the work at the line of scrimmage.
"He's been away from us for a while and we're just trying to get him acclimated to playing football again," Philbin said.
That last quote was about Randy Starks, who returned to the team.
When asked about Mike Sherman saying the biggest change the offense needs to make is getting in the endzone, Philbin responded with "Amen."
Joe Philbin said John Jerry is "doing a good job" with his weight. "He's not much heavier."
"I like the way he handles his business," Philbin said of Caleb Sturgis.