Miami Dolphins Love/Hate List for Preseason Week 2:
LOVE: Tua’s reads
One of the many knocks on Tua Tagovailoa during the first couple of years in the league has been his progressions and ability to read the defense from the pocket. He was accused of being a “single read” quarterback, limiting his options as well as the eventual success of the offense.
But Tua did plenty to prove those notions incorrect during his playing time in the first quarter. He had a few nice throws that resulted in 6 completions and 58 yards, but it was his reads on a couple of big plays that were impressive. The offensive line gave Tagovailoa ample time to operate, and his was able to get to his second (and even third) progressions before completing his passes. If the front line is able to keep him upright, then the “one-read” rumor may go away sooner rather than later.
HATE: Running back production
For the running backs and the entirety of the running game, the first half of the game against the Raiders was completely forgettable. Mike McDaniel’s offense, which is supposed to produce positive rushing results, racked up just 4 total yards through the first two quarters, on 8 carries no less, for a dismal average of 0.5 yards per carry.
The team played without a full back, which should be an integral part of the rushing attack in 2022, but the things that Miami did try with the running backs did not look good.