Mike McDaniel is a real one. Dolphins hope Tua is, too.

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker (55) takes a photo with fans after practice at the NFL football team's practice facility, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker (55) takes a photo with fans after practice at the NFL football team's practice facility, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

It's entirely possible that Tua Tagovailoa plays at a Pro Bowl level and the Dolphins losing a first-round pick in the next NFL Draft becomes far less relevant.

Miami has to hope so.

Because Stephen Ross was sloppy and because Brian Flores was bitter, the NFL nailed Miami for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton and lost two picks, including the first.

The good news is Tua has looked good in the last two open practices.

His arm looks stronger. He's carrying himself with confidence. He's even a bit salty.

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I thought it was really interesting this week that defensive coordinator Josh Boyer said there will be some "wholesale" changes to the defense.

What Boyer considers "wholesale" and what we consider "wholesale" may differ.

Boyer faces an interesting balancing act. He wants to put his own imprint on the Flores-less defense. But the familiarity of the scheme is a huge plus with so many returning players.

Who else has looked good early in training camp?

Jevon Holland. Jaelan Phillips. Christian Wilkins.

And yes, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. (Also undrafted rookie wide receiver Braylon Sanders).

It will be fascinating to see if tight end Mike Gesicki, who has been tagged, becomes frustrated with a lack of targets. I think that may very well happen, though it's hard to say if Gesicki will at any point this season go public with his real feelings.

Probably.

Speaking of real feelings, Mike McDaniel is a real one, friends.

This guy is so self-aware. He actually said this week that he wants to make sure he doesn't ignore a player walking past his office while working on offensive plays.

McDaniel cares about people and shows people respect. I'm hoping he wins. And I'm not ashamed at all to say that.

I root for good people.

Here are some stories from this week that I hope you'll like.

If you read this or liked a story I recently wrote, would you drop me a note at jschad@pbpost.com or tag me in a mention at @schadjoe?

I'd really like to hear from you if you're out there.

I'm looking forward to watching the Dolphins at Bucs practice next Wednesday and Thursday. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Joe

Joe Schad is a journalist at the Palm Beach Post part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at jschad@pbpost.comHelp support our journalism. Subscribe today.

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