1. David Garrard is the leader in the clubhouse at quarterback.
No surprise there. That's been the in-house thought for a while now. It's strange to say considering Matt Moore was the team MVP last year for his play. But with a different system and different coaching staff Garrard has the edge. The issue moving forward is how this predicates playing time in the preseason and where that will leave Ryan Tannehill. "I think we'll be fine at quarterback, no matter who it is,'' Mike Sherman said.
2. Vontae Davis gets a big message sent to him.
Richard Marshall was signed in the off-season to start if Davis or Sean Smith faltered or to be the nickle cornerback. I'm guessing he'll still be that nickle cornerback. The disappointing part is the coaching staff evidently felt the need to fire a broadside at Davis to get more out of him. Davis was suspended a game last year and played very well ever after. The thought was that would steady his work habits to the point his talent would shine. Evidently that's not the case just yet. Let's see how this idea works.
3. Roberto Wallace received another uncomfortable message.
He's as low as you can go on the receiver chart: Fourth team. He's listed on one side behind Chad Johnson, Brian Hartline (who isn't practicing) and Marlon Moore (whom I have barely noticed at practice). Wallace has made some big plays in practice. But coaches don't see the necessary consistency from him. They can't be any more clear with the message. Get better or you won't be around any longer.
4. John Jerry is the third team right guard behind Artis Hicks and Nate Garner.
In other words, he's a longshot to make the team. Want a sampling of why the Dolphins are on a treadmill? Here are the five third-round picks before 2012: 2007 - Lorenzo Booker; 2008 - Kendall Langford; 2009 - Patrick Turner; 2010 - Jerry; 2011 - Used in a trade-up to get Daniel Thomas.
5. Derrick Shelby is one of the early positive signs.