Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) calls a play in the huddle during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins: Positives And Negatives From Second Preseason Game


In their second game of preseason action, the Miami Dolphins took down the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-3. While the score indicates Miami blew the Jaguars out, do not get ahead of yourself. The game was very sloppy in many areas. That being said, the team also had some pleasant surprises.

Positives:

 

  • QB Ryan Tannehill: While Tannehill opened the game looking shaky and just plain nervous, the sophomore quarterback led his team on a very good third drive leading to a 22-yard touchdown to TE Dustin Keller. Tannehill actually made some impressive throws on that third drive while looking patient and calm. We need to see more of that Ryan Tannehill this season. Tannehill finished the night with a decent stat-line of 5/9 for 75 yards and 1 touchdown.
  • TE Dustin Keller: I have been saying for quite some time now that Keller may turn out to be Miami’s best offseason acquisition. Keller proved my theory correct last night. The former NY Jet snagged 2 receptions for 46 yards and 1 touchdown. Keller looked like the seam-threat tight end this team has been missing for quite some time. He also had a good night blocking.
  • RB Jonas Gray and Mike Gillislee: First off, let’s start with Gray. Gray looked excellent last night. While his ypc is not “great” he still produced two touchdowns on 14 carries – also had 32 yards. Gray is beginning to look like a nice option for Miami if the team decides Daniel Thomas is expendable. The former Notre Dame running back is certainly making a case for a roster spot. Gillislee, on the other hand, had the best game last night of Miami’s running backs. This kid hits the hole hard and keeps his legs moving while wrapped up. He is a hard-nosed tail back and reminds me a bit of Ronnie Brown pre-ACL. Gillislee does need some work, however. But the talented back is certainly making a case for that back-up job behind Lamar Miller. Gillislee finished the night with 12 carries for 37 yards.
  • K Caleb Sturgis: I don’t know about you, but when I saw Sturgis make that 58-yard field goal with room to spare, my jaw dropped to the floor. Sturgis was one of the biggest surprises from last night’s game. The former Florida Gator was 2/2 on field goal attempts and booted numerous kick offs right out of the end of the end-zone. This kid is the real deal. Sorry, Dan Carpenter. Your days are numbered.
  • CB Dimitri Patterson and Richard Marshall: All in all, I thought Miami’s starting defense looked elite last night. What a great showing. Dimitri Patterson and Richard Marshall played excellent last night. Both are making it hard to decipher whom exactly will start opposite Brent Grimes come week 1. Honestly, I wrote Patterson off thinking he would be in the first wave of cuts. After last nights game, I’m not so sure he won’t be Miami’s #2 corner come week 1. Patterson impressed me ten fold. Miami may not be as weak at corner as we all think after all.

 

Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Brown (12) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll (28) tackles during the second quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

Negatives:

 

  • G Josh Samuda: Now, I’ve been a huge Josh Samuda fan for quite some time now. That being said, I was absolutely appalled with his performance last night. For the second game in a row Samuda was being thrown around like a rag-doll and was absolutely played last night for a sack by Sen’Derrick Marks. Miami better cross their fingers that either Lance Louis or John Jerry get healthy quickly because Samuda is the biggest weak link along a shaky offensive line.
  • CB Nolan Carroll: Yes, I am aware Carroll finished the night with 4 tackles and an interception. But the former Maryland Terrapin looked soft in coverage and was absolutely burnt by WR Ace Sanders on a slant route. Carroll also finds himself on this list due to the play of Patterson and Marshall. I find it hard to believe the team will carry Grimes, Patterson, Marshall, Davis, Taylor AND Carroll. Jeff Ireland can find a younger and much cheaper option than Mr. Carroll.
  • WR Mike Wallace: No Wallace is not on the list due to anything he did wrong. He did not drop any passes. He did not fumble the ball. Why? Because he wasn’t even targeted on the night. It was disappointing that offensive coordinator Mike Sherman did not even let Wallace take a corner deep to give the fan base something to cheer about. I was quite sad. The guy should have just sat this game out to rest his groin rather than play for 10 plays or so for nothing and risk re-injuring it.
  • QB Matt Moore: Moore finished the night going 5 for 9 for 58 yards and 1 interception. Moore looked shaky and impatient. Not to mention the interception he threw to Dwayne Gratz was one of the worse decisions I have seen out of the former Miami savior. Obviously Moore is not going to be cut over a bad game like this, but I can’t imagine the coaching staff will not keep their eyes open if he continues playing this way. Take care of the football, Matthew.
  • Third-down execution: Yes, Miami won the turnover battle 4-1. Yes, Miami ultimately won the game by putting more points up than Jacksonville. But Miami lost a crucial battle, in my opinion. It will be tough to beat teams like Baltimore, New England, Indianapolis, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, etc. if Miami can only convert on 3 of its 13 (13!) third-downs. That’s 23%. Miami must execute better or their record come week 17 will not look so hot.

 

Miami will be traveling to Houston next Saturday to face off against the Houston Texans in Miami’s third preseason affair. The game will kick-off at 8 P.M. Eastern.

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  • gofins60

    These slow starts are going to be a problem if they continue. This team should be ready to go at the start of the game, not at the end of the 1st quarter!

    • TylerMcMullen

      They’ve been a slow starting team for years, though! Can’t remember the last time they actually came out and scored on the first drive and looked great for the entire game. But I agree 100%. It needs to end! Thanks for the read and the comment as always!

    • Johnny

      Relax!!! It’s really just the 1st preseason game of the year.. Yeh, we played the HOF game with basically no planning and a small sample size from T-Hill with no 1 and 2 WRs… Still alittle less then a month of practice and 3 more preseason games..

  • Jcartwright67

    I’m very optimistic about this season. Really, the only thing worrying me is the third down conversion percentage. I believe the Tanny-Wallace connection will occur and our O-line will sort it self out by September. On paper, we’ve got the talent, its execution on the field that seems to be failing wether its first, second, or third team personnel. I don’t believe its coincidence or the “pre season” excuse, our conversion needs to improve or Tyler’s right and our record will show some disappointment.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Couldn’t have said it better myself, my man. We do have a boat load of talent, but the team has to gel together. Which comes with time and practice. The offensive line should receive a nice boost when Jerry is fully healthy. But yes, our execution on third downs MUST get better drastically. Or ELSE! Lol. Thanks for the read and the comment, J!

      • Tom Gervais Cayley

        Agree^^^^^^

  • Johnny

    Sturgis just made the team!! Even if its close or even Carpenter leads by a small amount.. It all come down to the bengis$$.. 2.5 mil vs league minimum?? Yeh. It’s Sturgis’s to lose.. Booming the that 58 yarder?? Wow!! I don’t know about room to spare.. But very impressive.. He has a stronger leg then Carp.. And Sturgis kickoffs will factor in with him putting it out of endzone or close to it.. I remember alot of kickoffs by Carp last year to around the 5-10yd line.. And with the league moving up the kickoffs, that’s unacceptable.. Big Sturgis!! Could end up being a great draft pick…

    • TylerMcMullen

      Did you see the kick? He made the kick with ease. Definitely would have been good from 60-63. Anywho, it’s definitely beginning to look like a good selection. When Ireland made the pick I was practically ripping my hair out. Now I feel a bit better about it.

    • Tom Gervais Cayley

      Sturgis is cheaper and more accurate. I was worried about leg not being as strong as carps but not any more

      • TylerMcMullen

        I was worried about his leg also, dude. But he proved his worth. HOPEFULLY we can see more! He only has a small sample size right now but it’s a very impressive sample size lol. Thanks for the read and the comment, Tom!

        • Tom Gervais Cayley

          Johnny….definitely had room to spare. Looked effortless. Very impressive

  • Tom Gervais Cayley

    Agree about Samuda, but as far as “we all think” we’re weak at corner speak for yourself I think we have great depth there. The oline looked very solid including Martin and Cogs Samuda tho was a train wreck. Agree about Nolan Carrol too soft coverage for sure. On Moores pick I think it looked bad because Tyms didn’t run a proper comeback route. Miscuminacation I thought but may be wrong….Daniel Thomas may be extensible but ran decent vs jags and protected well as well. I am pumped about the defence. Soooo fast and the pass rush is gonna be nuts. Sure up right guard and let Tanny settle in and were set.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Agreed, Tom. The “we all think” is the majority of the fan base. Everyone seems to think that we are weak at corner. I’m not so sure after seeing the performance Friday. Tyms didn’t finish the route but it was a very poor decision by Moore. He waited WAYYYYY too long to throw that ball. It was a pick waiting to happen. DT could be expendable but I doubt the regime lets him go due to his draft status. He is still valuable to this team even if Gray looks good. Thomas is the most experienced back on the team and is one of the better pass pro backs and receivers out of the back field.

      • Tom Gervais Cayley

        Agreed. Ya I think with grimes, Marshall, and Patterson were looking good and then add Davis, jamar Taylor when healthy( I really expect big things from him) I think we’re strong. Defense is looking like it has potential to be league best. I just hope the O can gel quick. And ya we neeeeed a solution at right guard.

        • TylerMcMullen

          I wouldn’t say league’s best, unfortunately my man. Cincy, Seattle and San Fran have some pretty sick defenses. But definitely top 5 defense. I’m crossing my fingers Jerry gets healthy soon and looks spectacular.

  • Johnny

    Chemistry between new WR and QB doesn’t happen overnight.. It’s also what Wallace brings to the other WRs taking on double teams with high safety.. And also taking those 8 guys out the box for the RBs.. It’s not all about TD bombs to Wallace.. They will come, but not as often as people might think.. Just his presence makes a difference by taking the top off defenses..