Miami Dolphins Passing Attack Shines vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Miami’s franchise signal caller Ryan Tannehill looked sharp for the second straight week completing 9 of 14 passes for 110 yards, but it was his ability to spread the football around that truly shined as he hit seven different receivers on those nine completed balls including a beautiful 26-yard throw to rookie WR Jarvis Landry.
Tannehill’s backup Matt Moore shined in his first preseason action of 2014 throwing for 158 yards on 13 completions (19 attempts) and a beautiful 9-yard touchdown strike to third-year WR Rishard Matthews.
Tampa Bay was unable to stop Miami’s quarterbacks from throwing the football and it truly looked as though Miami’s signal callers were in midseason form. Even recently signed QB Brady Quinn completed all four of his pass attempts for 22 yards on the night.
Miami’s quarterbacks were able to connect with 16 different receivers on the night and no receiver caught more than three passes, which is quite intriguing moving closer to the season as it surely looks as though offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is interested in using every weapon he has at his disposal to move the football around.
Miami’s air attack picked up 13 of the team’s 16 first downs on the night and gained an average of 7.4 yards per attempt.
Possibly the most intriguing part of the game was the fact that the Miami offensive line held up incredibly well against the vaunted pass rush Tampa Bay presented giving up just one sack on the night which came when DT Gerald McCoy completely owned RG Dallas Thomas to sack Tannehill.
Going into the game many saw the Miami offensive line vs. the Tampa Bay defensive line as the biggest match-up to watch to see if Miami’s offseason moves along the offensive line would pay off.
They surely looked that way tonight giving Miami’s signal callers time to sit back in the pocket and find their receivers.
Miami’s offense looks to be in great shape heading into the 2014 season.