By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on August 17, 2014
The Miami Dolphins pulled off their first win of the preseason last night defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-14 and we saw some very intriguing things happen on both sides of the football for Miami. But, of course, we also saw some concerns arise during last night's win.
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Matthews has looked solid through two preseason games and has really appeared to be Miami's most reliable receiver thus far in 2014. Questions about whether Matthews would make the 53-man roster began to surface when the team selected WR Jarvis Landry in May's NFL Draft, but Matthews has been arguably the team's most improved player thus far this season. It's hard to believe he will be released this season.
So much for Dallas Thomas breaking out and becoming the team's stud right guard, huh? Thomas looked solid in Miami's first preseason game against Atlanta, but failed miserably last night against Tampa Bay's DT Gerald McCoy. The latter completely owned Thomas for the entirety of their matchup. Thomas looked slow, sluggish and wildly over-matched. Is it time to give Billy Turner or Shelley Smith a try, Joe?
Landry has looked like the team's best rookie thus far and certainly looks like he will play quite an important role for Miami during his rookie season. Landry had a nice 26-yard reception from QB Ryan Tannehill last night, showing off his hands and his ability to run after the catch. Landry is in the mix for the slot receiver role, but even if the rookie does not win that job, he still will be an important player for Miami in 2014.
The leading rusher for Miami last night was undrafted rookie free agent Damien Williams who carried the ball 11 times for 20 yards and one touchdown. Lamar Miller looked putrid. Orleans Darkwa looked the same. Recently signed RB Cameron Marshall shouldn't even be with the team. And the remainder of Miami's backs are all beat up. The door is certainly still open for recently activated RB Knowshon Moreno to steal the No. 1 back role.
Tannehill has put together two very good performances in preseason action and looks like a much better player than he did one season ago. Tannehill looks much more comfortable in the pocket and looks confident when making a decision on where to throw the football. With a much-improved offensive line in front of him and a load of talented weapons surrounding him, Tannehill could be in line for a breakout season in 2014.
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