Tag: Rishard Matthews

Would DeSean Jackson make sense for the Dolphins?

 

By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)

The Philadelphia Eagles have cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the Miami Dolphins are among the teams that could be interested.

Photo Courtesy of Wigstruck via Wikipedia

Photo Courtesy of Wigstruck via Wikipedia

Bill Lazor was brought in as offensive coordinator because of the success of the Philadelphia Eagles offense last year and it would only make sense to bring in one of the leaders of that offense to shorten the learning curve.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver corps are coming into the season pretty banged up and Mike Wallace did not demonstrate that he was worthy of being called a number one receiver.

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Some TALL receivers the Dolphins could draft in the late rounds

 

By Julian (@Miami_Jules on Twitter)

The 2014 Senior Bowl was played this weekend and during the week of practices that preceded the game, quite a few players stood out and climbed up in the rankings. Not all players entering the draft played in the Senior Bowl, some because of eligibility or injuries, and others just decided not to participate. The rankings will change yet again in the weeks following the game and in order to stay current with these, I will be monitoring some of the more significant changes as they happen. Today I will concentrate on late rounds wide receivers only.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Miami enjoyed a healthy amount of receivers signings during the offseason last year, which included the most expensive WR signing of free agency, Mike Wallace. NFL analysts predicted Miami’s passing game would become its new found strength, as a result of these pricy off season moves. However, the Fins only ranked 20th in passing in the NFL.

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Dolphins choke their way into the offseason with 20-7 loss

 

The Miami Dolphins entered Sunday’s must win game against the Jets with a chance to reach the postseason for the first time in 5 years and the second time in the last decade.  They had that chance despite playing an ugly, emotionless game against the Bills a week before.  As I said in my Pitiful Picks (and all week), I expected the Dolphins to get the help they needed from the Bengals or Chargers.  But my concern was if the Dolphins could take care of their own business, especially coming off of their bad loss to Chad Lewis and the Bills.  As it turned out, the Dolphins got the help they were looking for in Cincinnati and San Diego, but they couldn’t help themselves.   They choked. Again.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

This game started off pretty well for the Dolphins.  After a scoreless first quarter, the Dolphins took an early 7-0 lead on a Tannehill pass to Mike Wallace.  Little did we know, that was all the scoring our high powered offense would provide. A few possessions later, the Jets scored a game tying touchdown when Sheldon Richardson, a defensive lineman, ran it in from the 1 yard line.  On the very next possession the Dolphins went 3 and out and gave the ball right back to the Jets.  The Jets and their turnover prone quarterback marched 80 yards on 13 plays in just 2-1/2 minutes and scored another touchdown.

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Dolphins passing attack heating up, using multiple WR sets with success

By Matthew C. (@PhinManiacs on Twitter)

The Dolphins employed 13 different personnel groups throughout the game on Sunday and ran a total of 81 plays. In the first half, they ran 52 plays and had 34 passing plays and 18 running plays. In the second half, they ran 29 plays and had 13 passing plays and 16 running plays. As you can see, it was much more balanced in the last half of the game. For the game total, there were 47 passing plays and 34 running plays. Obviously, the Dolphins would like more overall balance throughout the entire game.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Their two favorite formations were 4WR, 0TE, 1RB along with 3WR, 1TE, 1RB. Both formations were used 19 times each throughout the game. Their third favorite formation was 2WR, 2TE, 1RB, which was used 16 times throughout the game.

They ran the ball 15 times to the left, 12 times to the right, and 7 times up the middle. This shows balance between the left and right side, but seems that they don’t like to run it up the middle a whole lot.

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Dolphins show no heart in embarrassing loss to winless Bucs

 

Dolphins fans, we’ve had our share of low points over the last decade, haven’t we?  And yet, every time we reach a new low, the Miami Dolphins somehow find a way to fall even further.  I’m hesitant to say that we’ve officially reached rock bottom.  Because, who knows?  If you are a Dolphins fan that has full faith that the team will turn things around, you might not want to continue reading much more.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins had a chaotic week following the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation.  Many, like me, thought that they would be galvanized and come out against the 0-8 Buccaneers and play angry.  Well, they didn’t.  In fact, they fell behind 15-0 in the first half.   Ryan Tannehill did manage to lead the Dolphins down the field before the half, completing 8 of 8 and capping it off with a touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews to cut the deficit to 15-7.

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