Dolphins stock up - stock down at Panthers

#1 von zhangzk ( gelöscht ) , 15.03.2019 04:07

The Miami Dolphins dropped their second straight preseason game on Friday Youth Customized Miami Dolphins Jerseys , losing to the Carolina Panthers 27-20. While the preseason game do not count for regular season standings or playoff positioning, they continue to be important for the development of players and the team. After another frustrating game, where are the Dolphins looking up and where are they trending down? Stock UpMike Gesicki, tight end - The Dolphins are not throwing to their rookie yet, but they are having him block. Gesicki is going to be a red-zone target and a seam threat all season, but he needs to prove that he can be a competent blocker as well. On Friday, he started to show that he can do just that.Jakeem Grant, wide receiver - The Dolphins did not have DeVante Parker (broken finger) or Kenny Stills (ankle) available for this game, so Grant was thrust into the starting lineup and he played well. His route running looked crisp - even on the overthrown ball in the end zone, Grant was in the right position. After the game, head coach Adam Gase explained that play, stating, “Ryan [Tannehill] was just kind of thinking something else. Jakeem was right in what he did. Ryan just kind of lost it there for a second.” Grant looked like a player the Dolphins should be able to rely upon more this season.Robert Quinn, defensive end - The Dolphins’ free-agent addition was quiet in the team’s preseason opener, but made noise on Friday. Looking more like the Pro Bowl pass rusher he was in 2013 and 2014, Quinn used his speed to record two sacks in the game. Pairing him with Cameron Wake should give the Dolphins a serious pass rush threat all season long.First-team offense - As a whole, the first team offense seems to be finding a rhythm, especially with the up-tempo Miami Dolphins Womens Hoodie , no-huddle attack. They have to figure out punching the ball into the end zone, rather than settling for field goals, but the team looks like they are going to be able to move the ball easily with both the passing game and the running game. Stock DownCordrea Tankersley, cornerback - The Dolphins offseason projected starter has struggled to find consistency all preseason. That continued on Friday, with the cornerback even calling the performance “terrible, straight trash,” according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. The Dolphins have already moved Tankersley back to the second team, and Friday’s performance did not push him back into starting contention.Penalties - Eight penalties for 69 yards. That is where the Dolphins ended the game, which was only one penalty more than the Panthers, but Miami continues to find ways to kill themselves on the field. First down? Nope, because of a hold. Momentum building on the drive? Nope, because of a false start or delay of game. Miami needs to figure out this penalty thing quickly, because that could be the biggest hurdle they have this year.David Fales, quarterback - Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fales was 8-for-11 for 115 yards and looked like the easy winner of the backup quarterback position battle. Against the Panthers, he was 1-for-6 for six yards. The backup quarterback position battle will continue into Preseason Week 3.What we learned from the Dolphins second preseason game vs the Carolina Panthers I try my best to not overreact during preseason, a task that is easier said than done.If you’re on Twitter, you have the pleasure of watching the game unfold with thousands of other Dolphin fans.Emotions run high Womens Customized Miami Dolphins Jerseys , and a lot of regrettable things are said.But during this process there’s one thing we must remember, preseason is for evaluating players and getting the team ready for the regular season.Next week’s game is the most important of the dress rehearsals and should showcase starters well into the second half.That’s not to say there wasn’t a lot to takeaway from the Dolphins 20-27 loss to the Panthers.Tannehill played late into the second quarter, as did a majority of the team’s first-team players.Here are some of the key takeaways from the Dolphins second preseason game vs the Carolina Panthers.Ryan Tannehill looked accurate and decisive Adam Gase admitted his team would not show much during the preseason, but without starting wide receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, Ryan Tannehill looked good.Tannehill finished the day 14/17 for 100 yards and looked sharp and decisive with his throws.It is clear that in year three with Adam Gase, Tannehill has a firm understanding of the offense.Here, the Dolphins line up in 12 personnel (1 HB, 2 TEs).Playaction freezes the defense and a nice blitz pick up from Drake. gives Tannehill time to deliver a strike to Albert Wilson on the outside.As we saw in previous years, there are very few quarterbacks more efficient off playaction than Ryan Tannehill.In this play, Tannehill reads the defense and knows exactly where he’s going with the football.A nice route from Jakeem Grant on the outside, creates separation.Tannehill delivers a well placed ball and a toe tap from Grant results in positive yards.First down!One more from Tannehill.The offense will look very different in the regular season with both Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker in the starting line up.But I was very happy with what I saw from Tannehill.Robert Quinn is a monsterTruth is, Matt Kalil probably should not be playing football anymore and there’s a good chance he’s going to get Cam Newton hurt if he continues to play this way.Nonetheless, Robert Quinn looked the part of a menacing pass rusher and opposite of Cameron Wake, will cause nightmares for opposing quarterbacks.Robert Quinn looked explosive all game long.Here he uses his quick hands to shed the block, and then explodes around the tackle on his way to the quarterback.Quinn is a second away from forcing the fumble.This time he gets to Newton, but again looks explosive off the line of scrimmage.His speed and quickness is too much for Kalil, who never stands a chance.Last one from Quinn, who again manhandles Matt Kalil and gets to Cam Newton for the sack.He won’t be going against old left tackles every week , but he looked every bit the part of a top defensive end.Could we be seeing a resurgence from Robert Quinn?Growing pains for Raekwon McMillanThis is the most painful for me to type, because as we all know I’ve been a big fan of Raekwon McMillan since the beginning of time.Over the course of the first two preseason games, McMillan doesn’t look confident in himself or his knee.This is to be expected from a guy who has only played 2 1鈦? quarters professionally, but we need to see more from the Dolphins starting middle linebacker moving forward.In this play, McMillan gets washed out by the tight end.Aside from that, the entire defense looks lifeless and gives up a huge 71-yard run to Christian McCaffrey.Plays like this CAN NOT happen during the regular season.For the most part, McMillan looked good in pass coverage.Although it is hard to know who had what assignment in this play, McMillan looked lost and was unable to recover.Easy touchdown.Here are two plays that show the good Raekwon McMillan.It is preseason and again, this is just his second appearance in a NFL game.There is plenty of time for him to get things right and develop into the middle linebacker the Dolphins and their fans hope he becomes. Kenyan Drake is specialWe all know the Dolphins have three quality running backs, who will all have a significant part in the workload.But there is one running back -who despite what a depth chart might say- is the clear cut starter.His name is Kenyan Drake and he has shown flashes of greatness early on in preseason.Very few running backs can spin out of a tackle in the backfield, change direction, and use his speed and vision to break off a big run.Kenyan Drake is one of them.Here’s another example of his vision and ability to use his speed to get to the outside.Drake has become a patient running back and coupled with his speed, has the potential to break off a big run at any time.One more from Drake on a stretch to the outside.This was key during the Jay Ajayi Era in Miami.The only difference, Drake is patient and has the speed to get around the corner in a hurry.I can guarantee, you will see a lot of this in 2018.Bryce Petty deserves second-team repsWe are all aware if Tannehill goes down the season is over.But that doesn’t mean the team should remain complacent in their search for a viable back up behind #17.No one can argue David Fales has made significant strides since the last time we saw him in 2017.It would also be hard to argue that Brock Osweiler deserves to be on a NFL roster.Which leaves us to Bryce Petty, who has looked very good during his limited action in the first two preseason games.Here are three reasons why he deserves a chance with the second-team and why he should absolutely be in a competition with David Fales. (descriptions are embedded)Give the man a chance!Other observationsChase Allen looked instinctive and could be pushing for more playing time with the #1’sPenalties remain a huge problem and killed several drives on FridayBobby McCain did nice as CB2 opposite of Xavien HowardT.J McDonald is a liability in coverageOffensive line looked shaky and struggled at times in pass protectionJerome Baker continued to impress and should be a day-one starterDefensive tackle is still a work in progressMinkah Fitzpatrick looked natural at nickle, where he played a lot during his time at AlabamaDid I mention Brock Osweiler should be cut?Xavien Howard had a nice interception and blanked Devin Funchess on a bad Pass interference callThis article was written by Josh Houtz. Follow him on Twitter!Follow @Houtz



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