The Dolphins beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-3 in the second game of the preseason. Ryan Tannehill, who didn’t have a good game against the Dallas Cowboys, bounced back going for 5-9 75 yards and including a 22 yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller.
The tight end that was lured away from the New York Jets in the offseason had 2 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. That was an encouraging sign for the Dolphins offense, which struggled against the Cowboys in the hall of fame game, last Sunday.
The offensive line was good today, but still needs to improve on pass protecting, as Ryan Tannehill was sack on the second offensive play and received pressure as the pocket collapse. Lamar Miller, projected starting running back, had 2 carries for 6 yards, but Daniel Thomas had 4 carries for 19 yards and Mike Gillislee 12 carries for 37 yards.
Also, Jonas Gray had 14 carries for 32 yards, which keeps showing to the coaching staff that he can make plays for the offense and can move the ball on the ground.
The Dolphins had Hartline and Wallace on the field, as Hartline had 1 reception for 9 yards. The wide receiver core is getting deeper, as Chad Bumphis had 2 receptions for 26 yards and Brian Tyms 2 receptions for 34 yards. Matt Moore went 5-9 for 58 yards, but had an interception and Pat Devlin went 5-8 for 45 yards.
The Jaguars cornerback Dwyane Gratz intercepted a pass attended for Brian Tyms and returned it to Miami 48 yard line for 15 yards returned.
The Dolphins had four takeaways, including an interception by Nolan Carroll and Will Davis. Both wide receiver Jamal Miles and Tobais Palmer had a fumble each and Miami was able to capitalize by recovering it.
The former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne went 8-11 for 87 yards and Matt Scott 6-13 for 51 yards. The Jaguars were only able to get on the scoreboard with a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Dolphins kicking competition is heating up as veteran Dan Carpenter sat out and rookie Caleb Sturgis took over the kicking duties. Caleb Sturgis, went 2-2, including connecting on a 58-yard field goal and making the kicking competition a must watch.
The Dolphins will return next week to the field against the Houston Texans, which kickoff is set at 8:00 pm and hopefully questions will be answered regarding the Dolphins roster.