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David Garrard the early Miami Dolphins QB favorite?

Publicly, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says the Dolphins' quarterback competition is wide open. He noted recently that David Garrard and Matt Moore's practice stats are nearly identical.

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Privately, Peter King of Sports Illustrated hears that Garrard has been the most impressive in camp. This matches up with what King saw at Dolphins practice. Garrard reportedly shined on the day King was in attendance. (King thought Garrard was more impressive than Peyton Manning's practice in Denver.)

We also saw where Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero wrote that he believes Ryan Tannehill and Moore are essentially battling to be Garrard's backup. It feels a little early to say that, but Garrard looks like the leader in the clubhouse.

Finally, we were interested in how Philbin runs his Dolphins practice. To limit time in the sun, the Dolphins are practice at breakneck speed.

"To get his quarterbacks enough work, he decided to have stereo 11-on-11 scrimmage sessions in the padded practices, one quarterback taking a snap and running a play, followed in seconds by the other quarterback taking a snap and running a play in the opposite direction. Brilliant," King wrote. "And it makes for a practice that seems to set land-speed records. I've never seen anything quite like it."

There's another thing to look forward to on "Hard Knocks" : Turbo-charged practices.

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