By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
Tampa Bay 26 – Miami 24
Football is back y’all! Preseason game 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is in the book.
Here’s what I took away from Thursday night’s action.
The return of quarterback Ryan Tannehill: Following Thurdsay nights game, Tannehill had this to say during his post game press conference.
How do you think you did and how do you think the first-team offense did tonight?
RYAN TANNEHILL: I think we got off to a good start. It obviously wasn’t perfect. We definitely have a lot of room for improvement but to get on the field and move the ball down the field – obviously we didn’t end up with points, which is what you want to do – but I thought for our first time hitting the field, my first time hitting the field in a long time, it felt good to be back out there. I think we started off on a good foot and now we just have to be able to finish that drive and execute in order to get the ball in the end zone.
What personally did this night mean to you to get back out here and play?
RYAN TANNEHILL: It was huge. I think (it was) probably more appreciation than I normally have for a preseason game. I didn’t make it to this point last year and of course the long rehab process and everything it took to get back to this point. I think more appreciation for just every second that I was out there and I just enjoyed it a little bit more.
Overall, watching Tannehill in warm ups and playing the first series, I found him poised and still very mobile. He had a few misfires though. He just missed the crossing route with wide reciever Danny Amendola breaking wide open.
The more they work together, the more continuity they will have. I am giving this a couple regular season games before they really start to connect. Tannehill was one and done, and went 4/6 for 32 yards. No touchdowns, no interceptions.
The kicking game battle is in full swing. Seeing Jason Sanders handled most of the field goal duties the first half. He went 2/3 and missed a 52 yarder. Greg Joseph did most of the kicking off. He connected on his only FG attempt which was a 48 yarder in the third quarter.
There is plenty of talk about if either of these kickers will be on the roster opening day. I think they will stay with the rookie Jason Sanders. As of right now however, it’s still way to early to tell.
This year’s rookie class got to see their first NFL action. Heading into Thursday nights game, tight end Mike Gesicki has been the talk of training camp. Looking like a day 1 starter, Gesicki is known for his great route running and hands. His down fall is blocking. He is working hard on this and will only continue to improve.
First round draft pick cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL. Head Coach Adam Gase was asked about both Fitzpatrick and Gesicki. He stated that he would have to go back and watch the game in detail to really be able to evaluate anybody.
Coach Gase was also asked about the 2nd string quarterback competition. He replied that it will take all of training camp and all of preseason to play out.
The Dolphins next preseason game will be on August 17, as they travel to meet Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
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