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Pennington lends Dolphins helping hand

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Retired quarterback Chad Pennington is serving as the Miami Dolphins' guest coach during this week's OTA.

Pennington led the Dolphins to their last playoff appearance in 2008 before injuries eventually forced his retirement.

"He has a lot of knowledge," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said of his guest quarterback coach. "He played in the game a long time at a high level. He was a student of the game his entire career and you can tell that just by talking to him.

"I spent some time with him early in the off-season, went up to Kentucky to see him. But he's a good guy, understands the game very well, obviously, and is very helpful in just giving us any tips he has whether it's reading the defense, how he handled a certain situation, how he handled his footwork on certain plays."

The Dolphins' first, second, and third-round picks didn't participate in OTAs this week, but it was expected.

Defensive end/linebacker, the first-round pick from Oregon, is recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. But NFL rules prevent his attendance until his school's academic year concludes next month.

Cornerback Jamar Taylor, the second-round pick from Boise State, had hernia surgery earlier this month. He attended the OTAs but didn't practice. He said he there's a chance he's ready for the mandatory June 11-13 mini-camp, but he'll almost certainly be ready for training camp in July.

"I don't see any problem," Taylor said. "As long as I'm back healthy and back running I'm just going to try to make it happen from there."

Left tackle Dallas Thomas, the third-round pick from Tennessee, was at practice but not taking part as he recovers from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He's expected to be ready for training camp.

Veteran guard Lance Louis attended but didn't practice as he recovers from knee surgery.
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