Dolphins HC Tony Sparano has indicated most of his starters won’t play in tonight’s pre-season finale against Dallas at Sun Life Stadium. But he will be keeping a close eye on the production of one potential first-teamer who has struggled in the early weeks of camp: rookie running back Daniel Thomas.
Sparano said learning how to pass block, which is something he didn’t do at Kansas State, has been a gradual process for Thomas.
“In the beginning it was overwhelming a little bit,” Sparano admitted. “But ‘Nix’ (running backs coach Jeff Nixon) has brought him along and he stepped in there pretty good three or four times today.
“This is something new to him, (but) he’s doing it and having success doing it and he knows that’s really going to be what, at the end of this thing, gets him on the field too,” Sparano said. “You know you’ve got to be able to protect the quarterback and I think he’s done a really good job doing that.”