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Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson (19) prepares to play during NFL football training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex at Hard Rock Stadium Friday, May 5.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson (19) prepares to play during NFL football training camp at the Baptist Health Training Complex at Hard Rock Stadium Friday, May 5.

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A high priority for every rookie quarterback – heck, every quarterback – is to avoid egregious mistakes.

And that’s where Skylar Thompson was exemplary in his first NFL training camp.

Thompson missed a few throws that he should have made, but he also didn’t throw a single interception in eight training camp drills beginning Saturday.

The seventh-round rookie from Kansas State attempted between five and 15 shots on most drills. And he has at least half a dozen shots of 20 yards or more.

“It’s a great thing not to have thrown picks, but I missed a few receivers downfield,” he said. “I missed a post that I need to capitalize on [Friday]. Still a lot of mistakes. I knew that mistakes would happen here. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect.”

Thompson, as you’ve noticed, is being hard on himself. So if he just doesn’t throw an interception at camp, he’s not satisfied.

“It’s a fine line to be too conservative,” he said. “We want to put pressure on the defence, take our shots and take our chances. But also take care of the football, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

One thing he’s noticed compared to the Big 12 is, “In this league, as I’ve found, if you’re not on time it’s most likely an incompleteness because the separation of openness at that level is very different in comparison.” to college. Being able to throw the ball before the lads are out of the break, being able to anticipate, I feel like I’ve gotten better but there’s always room for improvement and it will come.

He said team leader and former Dolphins legend Dan Marino sits in the quarterback meetings but doesn’t talk much. Quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell watches a quarterback take a throw on tape and jokes with Marino about what Marino would have done on that throw, and “we’re going to giggle,” Thompson said, adding that he appreciates having Marino around to have.

ARMSTEAD GATE

Left tackle Terron Armstead, who worked his way back from off-season knee surgery, is hoping to play a full season for the first time in his career.

Since his sophomore season in 2014, Armstead has missed 38 regular season games and played in 71.8 percent of the Saints’ games. He missed nine last season with knee and elbow injuries.

“That’s how I earn my living, that’s how I feed my family, that’s how I organize my life,” he said when asked how often he thinks about playing a full season for the first time in his career.

“Ideally, I just want to play. Unfortunately, we can’t always do what we want to do. My injuries came from a lot of different things, mainly an aggravation, coming back early and all those good things.

“Mike McDaniel and [athletic trainer] Kyle Johnston and the rest of these guys were aware and aware of everything I’ve dealt with before, but I try to get into that field every day, every game. You’re trying to prevent, doing all this preventative work that I’m definitely tapping into — the nutrition, the mobility, all those good things.”

Armstead has participated in limited 11-to-11 work due to his maintenance program. How much 11-on-11 practice work or pre-season action does he need to be ready?

“Ideally I want to feel like I’m ready as early as possible, like I’m ready for the game and the season,” he said. “But I’m not there yet.”

The Dolphins and Buccaneers will practice together Wednesday and Thursday in Tampa.

THIS AND THAT

▪ Right-back Robert Hunt loves the team’s new wide zone blocking system: “It’s the kind of offense I probably want to play for the rest of my career if I can.”

Hunt said he is “a lot slimmer” than he was a year ago.

▪ Thompson said McDaniel had three rules: protect the team, don’t make excuses and be on time.

▪ Porter Gustin — who has had a sack in 26 NFL games (including four starts) for Cleveland over the past three seasons — has had at least three sacks in the past week. He said he plays both defensive end and outside linebacker.

▪ Receiver trainer Wes Welker on his unit: “Everyone understands how deep our space is. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, you better seize it. We have to get Cheetah [Tyreek Hll] and Jaylen [Waddle] ready and have three preseason games left to see who will break away to fourth, fifth and sixth on the roster.

“I’m not a big fan of flash players. I like guys who make it everyday where I know who I’m getting every day. It’s rare to find people in the NFL who can turn it on on game days.”

▪ Waddle asked on Friday after first meeting Tua Tagovailoa: “He was quiet. He was about four lockers away from me in Bama and kept calling me by the wrong name. He kept calling me Jason. I do not know why.”

Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and for the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.

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