Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson hadn’t satisfied Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle on completion of his 1st rookie minicamp practice Friday, but he did have a speedy interaction with a Dolphins legend.
As he walked out to the observe area for that original session, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino, who is now in Miami’s front workplace, was there to greet him.
“It was just a welcome, finding to know me a minimal bit,” stated Thompson, the Kansas State alum who was taken in the seventh spherical of the draft by the Dolphins. “I was heading out to observe, so it was quite brief passing by. Just said hi there, and he stated he’s having ready to get to know me and do the job with me a small little bit. That was awesome.”
Thompson, mature for a rookie as he will convert 25 following thirty day period, then had the all-time great watching drills as he threw his first passes in a Dolphins follow jersey soon immediately after signing his agreement Friday morning.
“It’s incredibly surreal,” Thompson said. “Obviously, one of the NFL greats, currently being capable to be existing. Received to fulfill him, and [quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell] was stating that he arrives close to and hangs out and watches movie. We can have entry to check with him a concern, whatever the scenario may perhaps be. Which is a excellent tool to use, and I program on utilizing it.”
Thompson arrives to the Dolphins understanding his job. He’s not anticipated to place up Marino-type quantities — just support Tagovailoa and veteran backup Teddy Bridgewater as he and Chris Streveler will contend to be the team’s No. 3 quarterback.
“I’m coming in below to help the quarterback place be the ideal quarterback space in the NFL,” Thompson reported. “I’m heading to do what ever it normally takes to support the staff gain. Whatever they have to have, whatever Tua desires to be productive, that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m below for. I’m listed here to make the team superior and aid us gain in regardless of what way doable.”
Thompson came out to Miami originally after getting drafted to tour the team’s services, meet folks in the firm and get his playbook. He went back to Kansas City and moved out from his position at K-Condition ahead of returning to South Florida on Thursday forward of Friday’s 1st of two minicamp times of on-area perform.
“The earlier two months have been a whirlwind,” he stated, “but I have also been diving into the playbook and discovering that to wherever I can be prepared to appear in below and have a excellent camp and fantastic commence here. It’s been extremely active. Time’s just flying by. Busy’s very good.”
It aids Thompson that he has familiarity with a lot of of the features of new Dolphins mentor Mike McDaniel’s offense. The Wildcats, mostly in a West Coastline offense, did a wide variety of factors offensively, which includes 50-50 work in shotgun and under centre. Thompson also has familiarity with the perform-action move, operate-move choice (RPO) and calling plays in a huddle, which quite a few college or university groups really do not do.
“First and foremost, you obtained to consider treatment of the football,” Thompson reported. “You just can’t flip about the ball in this offense. Just obtained to be very self-assured in what we’re executing. There is fairly a several [things] that are going on and obligations that we have, so just currently being in a position to sluggish the video game down and make the game uncomplicated, and I consider that is the most significant component of this activity in normal and playing quarterback.
“Right now, every little thing seems complicated since it’s all new. I’m just getting far better. It’s going to be a course of action that I’m going to have to perform by and have some bumps in the highway, experience some adversity. That is heading to be great. Just received to place the time in it, and I will.”
Bevell arrived absent amazed with Thompson’s commence as a expert.
“I genuinely appreciated his command,” the new Dolphins quarterbacks coach reported. “I preferred the way he was able to enter the huddle, talk with the fellas because the performs get pretty wordy. And then he was in a position to make some plays with his arm. Excellent initially day.”
Thompson’s maturity was absolutely one thing he appreciated when analyzing him in the pre-draft course of action ahead of Miami’s determination to draft him.
“He usually, as I watched his tape, played it with a superior base,” Bevell stated. “He’s an older guy. He’s performed it for a whilst, as well. He’s acquired a great deal of experience.”