It was the right time for the Miami Dolphins to finally play inside of Sun Life Stadium. After going 1-1 on the road, the Dolphins faced a winless Dallas team, and were looking for answers at multiple positions on both sides of the football. In my opinion those questions were answered tonight during the 25-20 victory over the Cowboys and the majority of those were young players, some undrafted, that should make an impact on this football team.
Here are some of the things that caught my eye during the Dolphins’ third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
1. Welcome To Miami
Well that’s one way to make your presence known. Running back Knowshon Moreno seemed to answer all the questions surrounding him in tonight’s first half. Moreno not only looked light on his feet, but ran with power delivering punishment on numerous runs throughout the game. His skill set matches up well and is a compliment to Lamar Miller’s quick burst and big play potential, and should add the perfect one two punch for the Miami Dolphins running attack. On a night that the Dolphins returned home to Sun Life Stadium, it was great to see a new name make fans get excited.
2. Cam Came To Play
On a night that the Dolphins defense seemed to fly around the football, Pro Bowler Cameron Wake was leading the charge. His quick first step off the line of scrimmage made it difficult all evening long for the Cowboys tackles, and his constant pressure on quarterback Tony Romo made him feel uncomfortable the entire first half. Wake is a tone-setter for this defense, and when he plays at this level, makes everyone around him a little bit better. He finished the night with two sacks and multiple quarterback pressures. If this team is going to defeat the Patriots opening weekend, he and this Dolphins defense will need an effort against Tom Brady like the one we saw tonight.
3. Moore Grit
I think I used every adjective that I know to describe the way Matt Moore played, as I witnessed extreme highs and a couple of low moments, but that’s what you get with Matt Moore. You’re going to get a determined quarterback willing to do anything to win, but you just hope that his good decisions far outweigh some of the mistakes. The deep ball to Damian Williams was a thing of beauty and was exactly what this offense needed to do tonight. That perfect throw got people out of their seats, but so did the one that fell into the arms of Dallas defensive back Tyler Patmon. On the particular play Moore compounded a bobbled snap where he lost his eye discipline in the flat, and he followed that with a reckless throw that costed the Dolphins six points. However, you can never count Moore out, as he willed that game winning drive and overcame penalties, and some drops, as he found a way to win. That’s why I like Matt Moore.
News & Notes
- Young running backs Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa will play in the National Football League in 2014. My gut tells me that Williams will stick in Miami, and if Darkwa doesn’t land here, will land on a running back needy team.
- Veteran guards Daryn Colledge and Shelley Smith performed well enough tonight that they may have cemented their positions on the starting offensive line.
- Third year defensive end Olivier Vernon was relentless tonight, and showed why his 11.5 sacks weren’t an accident.
- It was nice to see starting tight end Charles Clay back in action and even nicer to see catch a quick 18 yard crossing route from Tannehill. He looks fit and ready to go for the season opener.
- Can someone stay healthy as a placekicker for the Miami Dolphins. Kicker John Potter reportedly injured his hip, and with the groin injury to Caleb Sturgis, look for the Dolphins to make a move right away to close out the preseason. Let’s hope that Sturgis will be ready for September 7th in the regular season opener against the Patriots.
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