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The defense lands six interceptions, three off Tua; more stock in stock, stock down – The Denver Post

If Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa thought he had it all figured out after a series of encouraging practices, Tuesday’s return from team drills after sitting out the preseason opener was a lesson in ‘humility.

Tagovailoa easily had his worst practice of training camp, throwing three interceptions on a day when all of the Dolphins quarterbacks combined for six.

Tagovailoa was intercepted by safeties Brandon Jones, Jevon Holland and cornerback Nik Needham. Substitute Teddy Bridgewater threw an interception to cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, and rookie Skylar Thompson was picked late in Tuesday’s session by Elijah Campbell and Quincy Wilson, the varsity school standout birthday boy who also played for the Florida Gators.

“That’s how we consider ourselves a standard,” linebacker Elandon Roberts said of the solid defensive effort. “Turnovers win games. We must strive to counter our attack and be able to do so. It’s good. We just have to be able to put it together when it’s time to go on Sunday.

It’s the ebbs and flows of training camp. Tagovailoa had a series of effective and efficient practices between joint sessions with the Buccaneers last week and several intra-squad practices leading up to it. Interceptions aside, he was wide on several shots on Tuesday.

“Iron sharpens iron. We go out and do our best to improve each other,” said wide receiver Trent Sherfield, who wore the orange jersey as the best player the previous practice and had another outstanding performance on Tuesday.

“I feel like the defense got the best of us [Tuesday]. They came out and they performed well. We struggled to execute our plays forward, outside, quarterbacks, running back. Everyone struggled to execute. … [Wednesday], we will go out. We will try to get them back again.

“There are days when the defense wins, and then there are days when the offense wins.”

Although it was a practice for Tagovailoa and the quarterbacks, the Dolphins defensive backs managed a rebounding effort, after Saturday’s exhibition, when the Bucs’ passing game caught on. Jones, Needham and Igbinoghene all had interceptions and were close to the ball on other plays after the three gave up a passing touchdown between them on Saturday.

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Igbinoghene had a minimal interception from Bridgewater in red zone drills that could have been dismissed for a touchdown. Bridgewater had a successful stint outside of interception, throwing touchdowns to Lynn Bowden, Cethan Carter and Sherfield. He then reconnected with Sherfield, Cedrick Wilson and Braylon Sanders in another series of red-zone touchdowns. …

Tagovailoa had an impressive situational drive, when he hit Wilson in midplay, then Tyreek Hill sliding down the middle for a big chunk and Chase Edmonds in the flat to get Miami into the red zone quickly. Practice stalled for a Jason Sanders field goal after Raheem Mostert dropped a third pass and 2 flats. …

Mike Gesicki saw more involvement in the form of targets, catching a touchdown from Tagovailoa, another from Thompson, as well as another reception in Thompson’s apartment. …

Connor Williams again had a pair of high snaps early in the job at 11-for-11 after he didn’t play Saturday at Tampa Bay. This was no longer noticed as a problem in later parts of the practice. …

Terron Armstead was back to an increased workload at left tackle, like in Thursday’s joint session with the Bucs, after taking the weekend off. Like Thursday, he called it a day in one of the final series for the first team. …

Darius Hodge, after his sack-fumble that led to a Sam Eguavoen touchdown on Saturday, had a third sack from Bridgewater that had a lot to do with coverage. …

Zach Sieler put pressure on Tagovailoa which forced him to throw. Eguavoen broke a pass from Bridgewater in the middle. …

The run game was mostly kept, but Edmonds crossed the left side of the line between the tackles for a sizable gain early in Tuesday’s 11-on-11 practice. …

Sanders, after going 4-for-4 on field goals with two for 50-plus on Saturday, tested his leg on Tuesday, having an unsuccessful 66-yard attempt on the crossbar and a 60-yarder with enough distance but wide to the left.

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Sherfield was the star of practice with four total touchdowns, including three in the red zone from three different quarterbacks. Already with the orange jersey from Thursday’s joint practice in Tampa, he could easily make the case for another day with him for a first straight winner since McDaniel has made it a motivational tool for the Dolphins in organized team activities. But it could go to one of the defensive backs with an interception.

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It has to be Tagovailoa for all three interceptions. Two of them suffered the strain of a two-minute drill, when the quarterback was forced to maneuver quickly on the field. McDaniel said he’d be surprised if Tagovailoa didn’t see any live preseason action, and now he’s lining up to start in Saturday’s preseason home opener against the Raiders.

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Outstanding sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Waddle missed practice Tuesday for undisclosed reasons. He looked fine after practice, catching balls on the Jugs machine. …

Others not seen practicing were outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett, offensive tackle Greg Little, fullback John Lovett and offensive lineman Kellen Diesch. …

Safety Sheldrick Redwine and cornerback Kader Kohou were present but were seen running to the side during team drills. Redwine missed joint practices with the Buccaneers and Saturday’s preseason game.

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