In their second preseason game, their first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins fell to the Las Vegas Raiders 15-13.
Mike McDaniel’s team, which used a majority of their starters for at least a few series, was unable to take a win against the Raiders, who left more than 30 players at home before making the trip to Miami Gardens. .
The result was disappointing, but since this is pre-season football, it’s more about context than who actually won the game.
Here’s who deserves what praise, as well as who deserves what blame.
Thompson entered the game late in the third quarter and was the only Dolphins quarterback to move the ball up and down the field with any regularity.
In his two possessions, he orchestrated drives to put Miami in a position to score when he hit Zaquandre White on a wheel route for a touchdown and then got Jason Sanders into the field goal range. Unfortunately, the kick went off the bar and the game was essentially over.
The seventh-round quarterback really shows that he has mastered the attack, trying to prove that the teams that passed him during the first six rounds were wrong.
Igbinoghene was only on the field for 19 games, but when he was there, no good things happened.
During the Las Vegas touchdown drive, the third-year cornerback was burned twice, including on the end zone piece. If Miami had no injuries at the position, his roster spot would be much more at risk than it is now.
Sieler actually played fewer snaps than Igbinoghene (just 13), but he still had more of an impact. There were a few plays in a row that showed how quickly he can make things go really wrong before the attack.
His ability to be strong against the run and get into the backfield to get fired is impressive, and somehow he still isn’t talked about enough.
Miami’s big men up front still have problems creating holes for the running backs. It didn’t matter which combination of linemen was in play at the time, as they all struggled to keep their opponents from hitting the backs in the backfield.
2.1 meters per carry won’t make it. The declines here are not flawless, but it starts for them.
Ezukanma started this off-season with what can be considered a guaranteed spot on the roster, having been selected in the fourth round of this year’s draft. In this game, however, he made it a point to get more chances in the last game of the preseason and the regular season.
The former Red Raider had six receptions for 114 yards, including an impressive catch down the right sideline that required a massive adjustment.
Speaking of the top three spots, Ezukanma may have earned fourth.
With no Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle in this match, Gesicki was a frequent target for Tua Tagovailoa early on. He finished the game bringing in just three of his goals for 27 yards.
He also had a big hand to play in Teddy Bridgewater’s safety, as he failed to reach his block command. McDaniel may blame himself for the play-call, but the tight end should take some of that responsibility.
Gesicki was also on the field for 25 snaps, 10 more than any other projected starter. He needs all the help to find his way in this system.
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