Most starters didn’t see the field for both teams, but there was plenty to look for as players battled it out for the last roster spots before final cuts are made.
Here are three of my observations from tonight’s action against the Saints:
1) Rishard Matthews Looking Good: I thought that with his play tonight, he clearly won the fourth receiver spot on this football team. It was easy to see how polished he is as a professional wide receiver by the way he showed athleticism and strength catching the football over the middle. Additionally, on two slant routes he was able to split defenders who were coming up to make the tackle and get positive yards after first contact. I think the toughest decision might be who to keep behind Matthews between Marvin McNutt and Brian Tyms. McNutt, in my opinion, had a more consistent training camp and preseason, but Tyms showed flashes of being able to catch the football and do something after the reception.
2) Tight End Still A Question Mark: It’s clear to me that Charles Clay and Dion Sims are head and shoulders above Michael Egnew and Kyle Miller. Sims showed you why the Dolphins selected him where they did, showing a good feel in the middle of the field and displaying soft hands and a powerful running style once he caught the football. He not only can excel in blocking at the line of scrimmage, but may be a great redzone target because of his size. I’m not sure if Evan Rodriguez has a defined position on this football team, because he doesn’t have the body type of a true tight end and he didn’t help his cause tonight by dropping a pass in the flats that had the potential to be a big play.
3 ) Sturgis Was The Only Choice: Caleb Sturgis proved not only to the coaching staff, but to the rest of his teammates that he’s ready t take on the kicking role for the Miami Dolphins. He was 3/3 tonight with a long of 43 and was perfect overall in the preseason, going 10/10. He’s a weapon that will be called upon during the regular season because of his consistency and his strong leg that was evident early in the preseason, kicking the 58-yarder earlier in the preseason in his first kick as a pro. Between Sturgis’ kickoffs that have either been deep in the endzone or out of the endzone and punter Brandon Fields’ 50-yard average in the preseason, this will give the Dolphins’ defense long fields to work from and always keep this team in a football game.
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