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5 Positives, 5 Negatives from Dolphins/Cowboys game

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NFL: Hall of Fame Game-Dallas Cowboys vs Miami Dolphins

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Here are 5 positives and 5 negatives I saw in tonight’s pre-season game against the Cowboys. It is a LOONNGG August, fellas. Take my advice and don’t judge this or that on one day, game, or even week.

5 Positives:

1) DE Derrick Shelby.
Shelby started, and was a terror with 2 sacks and a pressure. Continued improvement from Shelby could make it too tough to cut him, even with Wake, Jordan, Vernon, and Misi ahead of him in the pecking order.

2) WR’s Chad Bumphis and Keenan Davis.
Bumphis (5-85) and Davis (3-48-1) made more of their opportunities than Marvin McNutt, Jeff Fuller, and Bryan Tyms. Bumphis ran smooth routes and was fearless in the slot. Davis, who scored the Dolphins’ first TD, has an impressive size-speed combo – it’ll be interesting to see if he gets into the race for the final #5 WR spot.

3) TE Michael Egnew.
For all the (well-deserved) flak Egnew has gotten from Dolphins fans, it was impressive to see him rebound from a dropped pass on his first drive with a 4 catch, 52 yard performance. He had a solid day blocking as well. Egnew may not see significant playing time this year, either, but he appears more worthy of a roster spot than one-dimensional players FB Jovorskie Lane and TE Kyle Miller.

4) DT Kheeston Randall.
Did a solid job of clogging run lanes in place of DT’s Jared Odrick and Randy Starks. Like Shelby, it may be too difficult to cut a player with Randall’s physical talent.

5) RB Lamar Miller.
I’ll forgive Miller’s fumble because he doesn’t have that type of reputation. Miller has special speed, evidenced by how easy he made his 10 and 11 yard runs look. Just.. jaw-dropping speed. Of course, this wasn’t a “good game”.

5 Negatives:

1) Philbin’s message.
Joe Philbin pointed to the team’s -10 turnover differential to explain their 7-9 record in 2012. Philbin’s off-season message fell on deaf ears in the team’s first outing, as two Dolphins turnovers (Lamar Miller fumble, Matt Moore INT) resulted in 14 points for the Cowboys in the game’s first 24 minutes.

2) LT’s Jonathan Martin and Dallas Thomas.
LT was a major problem in April, and we’re starting to see signs of it being a bigger one now. Martin was beaten badly on the offense’s first possession on 3rd-and-10, which gave Kyle Wilber a clear shot to Tannehill to force a throw away. Dallas Thomas was a nightmare as Martin’s backup; I stopped counting at 4 times that he whiffed on Kyle Wilber and George Selvie. Lets hope things improve, and quickly.

3) C Josh Samuda.
It was really disappointing to see Samuda get pushed back all night, specifically on 2-yard loss by Daniel Thomas on 1st-and-Goal from the 3 yard line. Samuda, Martin, and Thomas were 3 players I wanted to see shine in tonight’s meaningless pre-season game, and they went in the opposite direction.

4) LB Phillip Wheeler.
Let’s hope Wheeler’s first defensive drive isn’t a sign of things to come. Wheeler allowed an 18-yard catch to former Dolphin Dante Rosario on the D’s first pass play, then missed a tackle on later in the drive. What I liked about Kevin Burnett? Is that he was rarely out of position. Wheeler has to do likewise, while making more plays than Burnett.

5) CB DeMario Pressley.
Poor kid. He’s about 9th in the CB pecking order, and muffed a punt tonight.

Disclaimer: I did not put Jonas Gray or Mike Gilislee on this list because I thought they could’ve made more out of their opportunities. Twice on one drive in the second quarter, Gray had the potential to break 20+ yard runs, but ran right into the middle of the line.

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One Response to 5 Positives, 5 Negatives from Dolphins/Cowboys game

  • James Lancaster

    I don’t read too much into the first preseason game. You gotta get in sync and shake off the rust. But the LT position looks like it could become a serious issue.

    As for Gray, he deserves serious kudos in my book. 41 rushing yards on 7 carries and 4 passes for 35 yards in limited action is solid. I’m liking this guy more and more and Daniel Thomas less and less.

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