Miami Dolphins: 3 things to love/hate from preseason Week 2 vs. Raiders

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Miami Dolphins Love/Hate List for Preseason Week 2:

LOVE: Rookie production late in game

The 4th quarter was full of fireworks for the Dolphins, despite their inability to complete the comeback due to a missed field goal late in the game by Jason Sanders.

Most of those fireworks were provided by a rookie connection between 7th round quarterback Skylar Thompson and 4th round wide receiver Erik Ezukanma. The attempted comeback that fell short was orchestrated by the two, the latter of whom finished the game with 6 catches and 114 yards despite only playing in the second half. Thompson threw a beautiful touchdown pass to ZaQuandre White that caused the Dolphins sideline to erupt with jubilance, and Dolphins Twitter to erupt with speculation of getting rid of Teddy Bridgewater in favor of the third string guy.

HATE: Blocking from tight ends

The tight end room for the Miami Dolphins figured to be one of the deepest units on the roster, but now is about the time to start to get nervous about things. Mike Gesicki had some nice catches in his extended playing time, but both he and Cethan Carter and missed crucial blocks in the second quarter.

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Gesicki whiffed on a block that caused quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to exit the pocket immediately, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty in Miami’s end zone that ended up being a free two points for the Raiders. Later in the quarter, Carter may as well have been a traffic cone as he attempted to block for Braylon Sanders on a sweep that ended in a three yard loss. My grandmother could have made a cleaner block, and I no longer have a grandmother.