The Miami Dolphins lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24-20 on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame Game. Here's are the things to take away from the game.
The left tackle continues to be a big issue. Jonathan Martin and rookie backup Dallas Thomas both had a rough night. Martin allowed the Cowboys to get pressure on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill on back-to-back plays. Thomas struggled as he spelled Martin and Dallas defensive end George Selvie had his way with Thomas most of the night. Miami needs better play at the tackle position during the rest of the preseason games and beyond if they have any aspirations of winning the AFC East.
Poor tackling killed the Dolphin defense early. There were so many missed tackled by the Dolphins first team defense, that I had to make sure the backups or third string hadn't entered the game. The backups and third string were even worst as the Cowboy ball carriers broke tackles effortlessly against the Dolphin defense. This is something that can be correct and it needs to be a primary focus in practice before the team plays Jacksonville on Friday.
Chad Bumphis made his case in being the Dolphins fourth wide receiver. Bumphis led the Dolphins with four catches for 65 yards on Sunday. The wide receiver from Mississippi State play has improved in practice ever since receiver Armon Binns tore his ACL. Bumphis does need to be more consistent has made a damaging mistake on the dropped passed that lead to a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown. If Bumphis can be more consistent, he can make the 53-man roster.
Derrick Shelby and Dion Jordan provides depth on the Dolphins defensive line. Shelby finished the game with two sacks. Jordan, the number three overall pick from Oregon was very active as he pressured the quarterback and finished the game with two tackles. The Dolphins defensive line is their strongest and deepest unit on the team and if you watched the game, you saw this on display.
Lamar Miller looked sharp in his limited play. After the fumble that eventually led to a Cowboys touchdown, Miller rushed for 21 yards on two carries. On those carries, he showed the explosiveness that everyone has been raving about in camp.
Matt Moore and Pat Devlin both had good games: Moore was 19/29 with 238 yards, a touchdown and an interception that was the fault of Bumphis. Devlin finished 8/13 for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Michael Egnew surprisingly look good. The second-year tight end had four receptions for 52 yards. He has had a terrible training camp, but on Sunday Egnew was able to make the vertical catches and plays Dolphin coaches have been expecting out of him. He will need to play better and more consistently if he wants to make this team.
We really didn't see a lot from Ryan Tannehill on Sunday. The second year quarterback only had two completions on five attempts. Expect to see a more from Tannehill on Friday night in Jacksonville.
The Dolphins have a lot to improve on in a short week. The team plays the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night. The Dolphin fans need to stop with the overreactions on Twitter as it was a meaningless Hall of Fame game. We will have a better assessment on this team after the third or fourth preseason game.
Miami have the day off on Monday, but they return to practice on Tuesday.