Yep, Chris Grier and Brian Flores without a doubt missed on Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene. That can’t be argued against. But they might have hit three home runs with Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips, and Jevon Holland. Let’s start with Waddle.
Finally, we got to see Jaylen Waddle run fast with the ball in his hands. Waddle already made his mark on this game with his first few catches and a tough man touchdown earlier in the game. Then as the Dolphins were put in a position that they usually turn invisible, the second quarter, they stepped up and did something to buck that trend.
First off and it can’t be overstated; Phillip Lindsay saved the play because he picked up the guy Eichenberg let free. Without him seeing it, reacting to it, and getting on him, Tua never is able to see Waddle. Secondly, Tua put the ball perfectly on the money letting Waddle run into the catch without breaking stride. Don’t think that is important? DJ Moore scores on his big catch if the ball is in stride.
Lastly, Waddle did what he is built to do and that’s take short to intermediate passes and turn them into chunk plays. Sure, we would have loved it if he made a house call, but the safety had the angle. Trust me, Tyreek Hill wasn’t scoring on that either.
Would you like to know exactly how fast Jaylen Waddle went? Of course you would. You can’t get enough Miami Dolphin talk and I don’t blame you.
Pretty damn cool right. I would love to see the Next Gen stats for the fastest guys in the 1940s. When I die and I get to ask the almighty anything I want, I’ll make sure I ask that along with a bunch of other stuff.
Want a crazy Waddle stat that is going to end up being a crazy Waddle record? Of course, you do.
And these aren’t all screens off the line either. Waddle runs real routes and plays gritty, something I love.
Jaelan Phillips is coming into his own and is getting better every week. The Dolphin’s other 1st round pick this year recorded three sacks yesterday and looks like a guy who just hit the ring in a Royal Rumble and is clearing house.
My favorite part of Phillip’s ascension is that it looks to me that Flores and Boyer are just letting him be him meaning they’re just telling him to get the quarterback by any means necessary. Like coach McGinty told Daniel Bateman in The Replacements to get the ball, Flores is telling Phillips to get the quarterback and he doesn’t care how he does it.
Phillips is one of the guys that is making this defense hum and to cause major problems for offenses. Keep your foot firmly on the gas and good things will happen.
Here’s Brian Baldinger gushing over Jaelan Phillip’s day. You should definitely watch this.
And Jevon Holland, how cool is it that every week we still have something new to say about Jevon Holland’s game. Holland is the Mike McD from Rounders where he sees all the angles, has the stones, and knows exactly when to play them. He did just that with his INT of the very accurate and very back, Cam Newton.
Darryl Johnston said it and I’m going to piggyback on why this was INT was so damn good. The inside receiver didn’t run a sharp route so Holland knew it was taken care of giving him the opportunity to break towards Anderson. It’s that kind of instinct that should put Holland right at the top for DROY. I’m sure they will give it to Micha Parsons and I really won’t argue too much against that. But make no mistake, Jevon Holland is a stud and might actually be Miami’s best draft pick this past year and that’s saying something because Waddle, and Phillips are outstanding as well.
The Dolphins have some incredible playmakers with these three guys. Now they have to build around them, Tua, and a few others. But a young core is what you need to begin with and the Dolphins have that. Now, go get some veterans.