By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
The Miami Dolphins were back on the practice field for camp today at their training facility in Davie.
Three quick observations from practice: Wide receiver DeVante Parker struggled to get free from Xavien Howard all practice. Quarterback David Fales seems poised and practices like he’s been officially named as the backup. Kicker Jason Sanders with two 61 yard FG’s might have just created some distance in the placekicker battle.
Apart from these on-the-field happenings, the team hosted military and first-responders at their training facility. During this event, I took the opportunity to speak to Kevin Matza. Kevin is a recently retired chief petty officer, US Navy.
— Jason Jenkins (@jasonljenkins) August 12, 2018
Kevin told me he has been a Miami Dolphins fan for over 30 years, following along in his mom and grandparents footprints. He said they were die-hard fans for over 30 years. I then asked Kevin what it meant to him to be honored for the day at the Dolphins training facility.
“As far as a team and the military goes, it is incredible the way this team supports and reaches out to the military. My friends and I have done the flag on the field, met players and have been treated with the utmost respect on all levels of the team and this organization.
There were times when I was deployed that I’d wake up at 2 a.m. just to watch a game or catch the draft, so for me to be on the field for games or at The Practice Facility with the team means so much. It really is a dream come true. As sappy as it sounds, I even have a challenge coin that the team presented me in my retirement shadow box.”
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill signs autographs for the US Military Veterans attended training camp practice today. pic.twitter.com/X3kY9MGDpg
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 12, 2018
During the session, many players took time after practice to honor those who serve or have served in the United States military. They allowed their families the opportunity to take pictures, get autographs, and interact with them.
I spoke with one Dolphins player who said it’s an honor to meet them and thank them for their service to our country.
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