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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins padded up for day three of training camp and head coach Joe Philbin liked what he saw – especially from the offense.

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“It was the first day in pads and overall I thought the work was good,” said Philbin.

According to Philbin, the offense seemed to be ahead of the defense this year.

“I thought the first team period, I thought the offense was way ahead that first team period, which was a little bit surprising,” said Philbin.

It’s surprising because the offense usually takes more time to sync up – and it has been evident in years past.

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“You saw our offense run the ball well, throw the screens well and run run-arounds well,” Philbin said.

A key to the offenses early success could be because Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey really took charge.

“He’s got really good energy on the practice field and, when he does something, even tonight when we do walkthroughs, it’s hard to slow him down,” Philbin said. “The first thing that he does is he brings an example of passion for football, willing to practice hard every single day and I do think he’s doing a better job of communicating with the other guys.”

Another factor could be the presence of veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings.

“I’m trying to lead by example, but also follow as well. I think that’s what makes a great group. I think that’s what makes a great corps is when we can learn and absorb from one another,” said Jennings.

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But as time went on Philbin “thought the defense caught up a little bit.”