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The final preseason game gave Dolphin fans one last look at the team before next week’s regular season game.
With much interest in seeing who will step up and replace Dustin Keller, the Dolphins displayed some great signs of finding other ways to replace the injured tight end.
At many times, the Dolphins were lined up with three receivers. Receiver Brandon Gibson caught 5 passes for 43 yards, including a four-yard touchdown. Brian Hartline caught 4 passes for 40 yards. Mike Wallace and Mike Gillislee both caught 3 passes. Wallace ended the game with 31 recieving yards, while Gillislee ended with 33.
While the stats were good, both Hartline and Gibson dropped key balls that staggered two drives. Consistency is one thing that the Dolphins will definitely have to work on, because if they want to be a serious contender, they will have to catch passes.
Ryan Tannehill threw for a solid 17 for 27 , along with 150 yards and 1 touchdown. Tannehill will be one of the most underrated fantasy draft picks this year. Tannehill had a decent rookie year last season, yet he was overshadowed by the mature play of Russell Wilson, the wildly-exciting beast known as RGIII, and the game-closing wonder in Andrew Luck. This year, Tannehill will have the deep threat of Mike Wallace, the great route runner in Brian Hartline, and others who will assist in making this a great year.
Lamar Miller led the way with 8 rushes for 35 yards, with one long gain of 20 yards. He will emerge as one of the better running backs in the AFC. While Daniel Thomas struggled , he will be due for some good running games throughout the season.
The Dolphins defense will be very good, although the secondary has to prove themselves this year. Brent Grimes, the recently signed cornerback has to show the Dolphins and to the rest of the league that he was worth the money. Nolan Carrol has been solid for the Dolphins over the past couple of years, but needs to assist in forcing more turnovers. The entire Miami Dolphins defense needs to force more turnovers. A lot of potential turnovers either turn into fumbles that aren’t recovered or dropped interceptions. The lack of forced turnovers for the Dolphins will be the difference between them being a good defense and a great one.
While the secondary will remain in question as of now, the pass rush should be even better than it has been in previous years. The Dolphins have added depth with 1st rounder Dion Jordan, and they already have Jared Ordiek, Cameron Wake, and Olivier Vernon. The rotation should provide constant pressure against opposing teams. Hopefully , this pressure will force quarterbacks to make bad decisions that will lead to turnovers.
The rush defense will be more solid than it has been in the past few years.
With the upcoming season at hand, the Dolphins have higher expectations than they have had in the past half-decade. With the newly improved offense, I believe that the Dolphins will finally be able to put points on the board. With the other teams in the AFC East struggling, I believe that the Dolphins will make the playoffs. Their regular season record will be: 10-6.
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The Miami Dolphins seem to think that they’re ready for the regular season. They kick off in exactly 13 days, are you confident they’ll be able to beat the Browns? One player that looks to be ready is Ryan Tannehill. After slow starts by the offense in each of the first 3 preseason games, the Dolphins young QB lead the Dolphins opening drive down the field. The problem...
The Miami Dolphins have had their share of injuries this preseason. Well today, the Dolphins welcomed back their 1st round draft pick, Dion Jordan. Jordan suffered a setback when he reinjured his shoulder during the Dolphins second preseason game (vs. Jaguars). Jordan, you will remember, had surgery earlier this year to repair a torn labrum. Jordan practiced for about 2 weeks...
The Dolphins have cut their roster down to 75 players after releasing 9 players on Tuesday via the team's website.
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Dion Jordan returned to practice in full pads Tuesday after having been limited since the second preseason game due to a shoulder injury.
"He looked good. I gotta watch the tape a little bit closer but he moved well, and worked on the some of the the basic fundamentals and techniques. We'll see how it looks on tape,"...
Randy Starks like many franchise players held out this offseason in order to try to get a long-term deal. What is unusual is that this franchise player won’t be starting this season. Starks believes that that is because of his holdout.
“I’m not going to say nothing bad about it. It is what it is. I wasn’t here so I guess this is my punishment.”-Randy Starks via Chris Perkins...
Despite it being an exciting day for most fans due to the release of Madden, today is a day which most players around the league are not looking forward to. By 4pm this afternoon teams need to cut down their roster to 75 players.
Notable cuts included:
Special teams WR Julius Pruitt
Pruitt came back to the team in attempts to help provide depth to the unit. Some might...
The Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan participated in drills for the first time in several weeks after tweaking his surgically repaired shoulder on Aug. 9th. Jordan will miss Thursday’s preseason finale against the Saints, but appears to be working his way back for the regular-season opener. After practice Jordan talked about how he is feeling:
Another training camp practice had just ended, and Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill walked toward a lectern to field the latest round of media queries.
''Is this going to be good?'' someone asked as Tannehill approached a cluster of microphones.
''It's going to be great,'' Tannehill answered with a smile, emphasizing the last word. ...
A case could be made that Miami and Florida Atlantic are football brothers.
After all, the programs have the same father.
The Hurricanes and the Owls play Friday to open their seasons and pay tribute to former coach Howard Schnellenberger - who led Miami into the spotlight by winning the school's first national championship in 1983, 15 years before he began building Florida...
DENVER -- If the Miami Dolphins had gotten into a bidding war to bring back Jake Long, could they have won it?
While it is generally believed the Dolphins weren't willing to pay the left tackle as a free agent an amount similar to the four-year, 36 million deal he got last March from St. Louis, Long said the Dolphins had little chance of signing him after his first...
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) A case could be made that Miami and Florida Atlantic are football brothers.
After all, the programs have the same father.
The Hurricanes and the Owls play Friday to open their seasons and pay tribute to former coach Howard Schnellenberger who led Miami into the spotlight by winning the school's first national championship in 1983, 15 years before he...
BY SEAN DONOVANWhen tight end Dustin Keller's season was ended by a catastrophic knee injury earlier this preseason, the Miami Dolphins lost one of their best vertical receiving threats, and one who was expected to improve the offense's ability to attack the middle of a defense.Filling the void created by the loss of Keller will be difficult, but the Dolphins feel that another...
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