The boundary corners
Xavien Howard and Byron Jones were not targeted much at last week and that has put the Dolphins in the top spot of the NFL’s best defense against the pass but don’t get hyped just yet. New England didn’t have to throw the ball at the Dolphins secondary and when they did opt to pass, the Dolphins couldn’t stop Julien Edelman.
This week they face another mobile QB but Allen has accuracy issues downfield and that can lead to two things. Incomplete passes and turnover opportunities. Howard and Jones as well as the safeties could be in for a big game and bigger opportunities if the Dolphins defense can stack the box and force the game onto the shoulder and not the legs of Allen.
Howard and Jones can be great but we really have yet to see them in action like we had hoped. The Bills’ Stefon Diggs is a big playmaker but he can’t do it all himself and the Dolphins should match well with him.
Moving to the offensive side of the ball, Mike Gesicki has to be involved more than he is and this is not on Gesicki but instead Chan Gailey and frankly, Gailey should be embarrassed about his play-calling last week. It was not very good and definitely not creative.
I really don’t care what Gailey had to say after the game or his excuses, his play calling was anemic and his use of his talent was worse. This week, he needs to do better.
Gesicki has taken big steps in his NFL career from year to year but has yet to become that powerhouse featured TE that every other team seems to use. The Dolphins use the TE as an afterthought almost and instead they should be using the position to manufacture first downs.
Gesicki is going to be listed as a big part of the offense each week until the Dolphins finally decide to use him.