Dolphins sloppy in loss to Cowboys, but there were a few positives

The Miami Dolphins have been practicing for 2 weeks, but by the looks of things on Sunday night, they’re going to need a lot more practice.  The Dolphins were sloppy from the beginning of the game when they fumbled on their first offensive play from scrimmage.  The handoff from Ryan Tannehill to Lamar Miller appeared to be good, but Miller just missed it.  Tannehill was ‘credited’ with the fumble, but it was on Lamar Miller.  The Dolphins were without Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, and Olivier Vernon.  So, don’t read too much into the early results.  Ryan Tannehill was without his top 2 receivers and the Dolphins defensive line was without 2 of it’s starters.  The Cowboys were with DeMarcus Ware and Tony Romo.  It’s preseason folks!

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins offensive unit played 2.5 series, then it was wholesale line changes.  Matt Moore entered at QB and played more than Tannehill and Pat Devlin.  Moore finished the day going 19 of 29 for 238 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  Tannehill finished 2 of 5 for 11 yards.  Devlin played the 3rd and 4th quarter until he got ‘nicked up’ according to Joe Philbin.

The Dolphins defense generated some pressure on the Dallas quarterbacks, but gave up a ton of yards on the ground.  Dalllas running backs were running through giant holes and regularly picking up 6, 7, 8 yards per run.  All of this should be prefaced by the fact that this was the first preseason game.  It should also be prefaced by the fact that in some cases you had 2nd stringers going against 3rd stringers, so it is never easy to get a realistic view of how the team is performing.  Having said that though, the Cowboys appeared to be better prepared than the Dolphins

What I liked

Dion Jordan – He played into the 4th quarter and overall I thought he really played well.  While he didn’t see much action against the starters, he was active and pretty consistently applied pressure on the QB.  Jordan finished with 2 tackles and a QB hit.  On one play, he beat his man and caused the Cowboys QB to step up, right into the Derrick Shelby for the sack.  We also saw Jordan drop into coverage on a few plays.  I like that the Dolphins allowed him to play for a good part of the game to get his feet wet.

Derrick Shelby – Shelby really stood out last night.  Again, most of it was against 2nd/3rd stringers, but he picked up 2 QB sacks and 2 tackles for loss.  He was consistently in the Cowboys backfield.

Chad Bumphis – This guy might only be 5’11”, but he plays with some heart.  He finished with 5 catches for 85 yards, including a 45 yarder.  Bumphis’ most impressive catch was towards the end of the game when he caught a slant between two defenders, absorbed a hit, but held onto the football.  Granted, he needed to run the pattern 1 yard longer to pick up the 3rd down, but he held onto the ball.  Bumphis’ low point was on a Matt Moore pass that he tipped into the air and was returned for a pick-6.  This kid has some moves and can create yards in open space.  I’m hoping he can just catch the ball more consistently.  If he does, he might have a chance to make the roster, or at least the practice squad.

Dan Carpenter – I know, who cares about kickers, right?  But with Caleb Sturgis still nursing a groin injury, Carpenter did all he could to hold onto his job.  He booted his kickoffs deep into the end zone and connected on both of his field goal attempts.

Jonas Gray – Gray carried the ball 7 times for 41 yards and looked like a little bulldozer.  The guy has HUGE legs and runs with power.  He also caught the ball 4 times for 35 yards.  Mike Gillislee also looked pretty good.  He carried 7 times for 21 yards and had 1 catch for 10 yards.  (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

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