The Miami Dolphins continue their work on the practice field today amid their modified organized team activity schedule — and for the first time welcomed select members of the South Florida media to watch the practice and take in Miami’s early efforts to lay the foundation for 2021. And while many observations regarding the OTAs are under lock and key, one bit of information that can be shared is attendance.
And now, thanks to a report from the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley and Barry Jackson, we know which members of the team are currently missing from the attendance in Davie — or at least which ones were missing from the action throughout the course of the day today. The Herald is reporting the following players were missing from OTAs (which are voluntary):
CB Byron Jones
LB Jerome Baker
OL D.J. Fluker
WR Will Fuller V
TE Adam Shaheen
IDL Raekwon Davis
Some absences, such as the one by Davis, are not related to football at all. Davis is reportedly attending a graduation in Alabama, back where he played his college ball.
But even with some notable players absent from the voluntary OTAs, it is a promising collection of talent that is indeed present and getting some mental reps — which is the primary benefit of the work being given at this point in the offseason. And with none of these reps being available to any of the players on last year’s team due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that a young, hungry team like the Dolphins has plenty of players willing to walk their paces through their assignments with their teammates to help push along the installation process.