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Dolphins Issue Digital Playbooks On iPads For All Players On Training Camp Roster

New Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has had the team's playbook put on Apple's iPad and "all 90 players on the training camp roster [have] been issued one that the team will regularly update, and use on a daily basis," according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The Dolphins are "among a handful of teams," including the Bengals and Packers, using iPads as teaching tools. Philbin said, "For the players it is so much easier for them." However, the team-issued iPad "does come with restrictions." First-round draft pick QB Ryan Tannehill said there is a "long list of things we aren't supposed to do." On that "list of don'ts are: don't lose it, carry it to all meetings, don't download anything, and players were informed their activity on the team issued iPads could be tracked." All iPad violators are "subjected to a $10,000 fine" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 6/20). In West Palm Beach, Brian Biggane notes HBO's "Hard Knocks" film crew made its "first appearance on the Dolphins' practice field" yesterday. Dolphins CB Sean Smith was "miked for sound and the dozen or so members of the 'Hard Knocks' crew were anything but unobtrusive as they patrolled the sidelines and popped in and out of huddles, beginning to gather material for the HBO series that begins in August." Smith said, "It’s a good thing for us. It shows our personality and how hard we work" (PALM BEACH POST, 6/20).
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