Grading the Dolphins 3rd preseason game vs Ravens

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Dolphins 10 – 27 Ravens

In preseason game #3 we saw the starters play the entire first half.  Earlier in the week, Head Coach Adam Gase wasn’t sure if we would see running back Frank Gore or not.  It was announced shortly before the game that Gore would dress for the first time this season.

Gore saw very limited action.  He only carried the ball 1 time for -2 yards. Then he caught a short pass out of the backfield for 1 yard.  The rainy conditions and wet field probably made up Gase’s mind to end Gore’s night after that.

The offense started out slowly, which was a disappointment considering Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sat all of his starters.   Later in the second quarter, however, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense put together some nice drives.

On the Dolphins scoring drive, Tannehill hit wide receiver Danny Amendola for a 16-yard score.  Amendola displayed some nice moves to free himself and get to the end zone.

RB Kenyan Drake looks to be back in playing form.  He had a break out run for 30 yards, and then he caught a pass from Tannehill that went for 36 yards and that finished his night.

Defensively, there was some great coverage from rookie cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick that drew praise from the head coach after another solid performance.  In addition to his versatility, Fitzpatrick continues to impress with his ability to sniff out plays.

He finished the game against Baltimore with two tackles and two assists. Gase also had this to say about Fitzpatrick, “He is just one of those guys who seems to be around the ball.  We’re glad we have him on defense.”  

 

In the second half, most of the starters were out and QBs Brock Osweiler and David Fales continued their duel for the backup spot.  Which, to say the least, wasn’t very impressive.  It appeared that neither guy could gain ground on the other.  Both threw a set of picks and they were sacked multiple times.

That sent Twitter and social media into a “Dolphins need a backup quarterback stat” panic.  And to be fair to each one, they both faced constant pressure throughout the second half.  Miami’s offense failed to score in the second half, and the defense gave up 24 points to the Ravens.

Favorable mentions:

Tight end Mike Gesicki caught his first catch.  Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor had himself quite a night as well.  He blocked a field goal and sniffed out several plays for losses.

Unfavorable mentions:

Dolphins lost WR Jakeem Grant to a concussion right before halftime.

Overall grade:  I give the Dolphins a C.

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