The Miami Dolphins squared off versus the Philadelphia Eagles in Game 3 of the preseason on Thursday. This is typically the game where the starters see the most action. PhanMail Friday answers your questions about their performance, and who stood out in the game.
Q: Since the starters saw extended action versus Philadelphia we had a better chance to evaluate them. Who stood out in a positive way? Stewart- Ottawa, Canada
It was great to see Jay Ajayi back on the field in extended action, he stayed on the field early on third down and even lined up at the outside receiver spot. Adam Gase wants Ajayi to be an every down back and this shows the versatility the Dolphins offense definitely needs.
Ajayi looked strong and had a great run on his first carry, breaking tackles and showing the power and agility that makes him a top running back.
DeVante Parker showed why many people are projecting him to have a breakout season.
Q: With Pouncey back in the lineup how would you rate the performance of the offensive line overall? Max – Boynton Beach
The offensive line got off to a rough start when on their first series Laremy Tunsil gave up a strip sack to Vinny Curry, who beat Tunsil easily off the edge with a speed rush. The Eagles turned that good field position into seven quick points. Miami went three and out on the next series and the offensive line had trouble creating running room early, aside from the big Ajayi run on the second play from scrimmage. They settled in a little on their third possession, and gave Cutler just enough time to hit DeVante Parker with that 72 yard strike down the sideline.
Ja’wuan James got beat off the edge late in the first quarter in what almost turned into another fumble by Cutler, luckily it was ruled an incomplete pass. The starting line had their moments, good and bad, hopefully once they settle the left guard spot they will gain chemistry and improve.
Q: Jordan Phillips made a tremendous interception in the first quarter and seemed to play with a lot of energy, has he finally taken control of the other defensive tackle spot next to Ndamukong Suh? Dave- Boca Raton
A: Phillips has all of the physical tools to be a starting defensive tackle in the NFL. His problem dating back to college has always been his effort and consistency. Right now is the opportunity where Phillips can build on this momentum and carry it not only into games, but in practice as well. Now is definitely not the time for Phillips to let off the gas even a little bit.
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