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Andy Cohen: Quick Hits Analyzing The Win Over Dallas
By on August 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm

140823_AC_AMAndy Cohen’s column on Dolphins.com appears at 6 a.m. every weekday from training camp through the season. Occasionally, like today, Andy will also provide some quick hits.). Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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• The feel good story of this night was clearly the debut of running back Knowshon Moreno. He got 19 on his first carry. He broke tackles. He ran with conviction. He blocked well. This is exactly what the Dolphins needed to see.

Charles Clay also looked sharp in a brief appearance, his first of the preseason. Had a nice catch for 18 yards. Clay and his versatility are so important to this offense.

• As for Ryan Tannehill, he wasn’t as sharp as he was in the first two preseason games — had one interception, overthrew Mike Wallace on a bomb and did not produce a touchdown. Now he has a couple of weeks to regain his mojo on the practice field.

• I like what I saw from the starting offensive line and right guard Shelley Smith appeared to do nothing to hurt his chances of cementing a spot with the first team.

• How about the offensive set with Moreno and Lamar Miller in the backfield together? Plenty of options there.

• Or the four wide out set that had Clay lined up at receiver? For Bill Lazor, it’s all about creating mismatches.

• The Dolphins No. 1 defense looked solid against a very good Cowboys offense.

• Meanwhile, the kickoff coverage team needs some work.

• And linebacker Philip Wheeler seems to be missing too many tackles.

• And, oh yes, the Dolphins need to get healthy at placekicker.

• Then you’ve got defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake looking ready for Tom Brady in two weeks. Wake had two sacks; Vernon had one. Impressive stuff.

• If the Dolphins can continue to get pressure like this from their front four, everything becomes so much easier for the rest of the defense.

• It was also a good night for guys named D. Williams. Damian caught a beautiful bomb from Matt Moore and then Damien got the touchdown and two-point conversation, both on second effort runs.

• So now starts a week of roster decisions where the Dolphins have to get down to 53 players. What happened against the Cowboys only made some of those decisions that much more difficult.

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