Miami Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford (84) celebrates his touchdown during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium.

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INSIDER: Fins First Look

By: Zack Duarte

August 10, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Week 1 of preseason is in the books and the Ryan Tannehill questions seem to be answered. While mostly untouched on his only drive of the game, Tannehill, seeing action for the first time in 20 months, completed his first four passes and led a 40-yard drive that ended with a missed field goal. The drive saw Tannehill roll out and complete a pass to Kenny Stills on the very first play, quieting the doubters who said that his athleticism wouldn't be the same.
The defense, which seemed to be the strongest unit in training camp, came away with more questions than answers. Playing without Cam Wake and Reshad Jones, the Dolphins surrendered 17 points on the first four drives of the game, allowing Ryan Fitzpatrick to march right down the field for a touchdown on the Buccaneers opening drive.
But preseason is all about looking for the positives. How did the rookies play? How did any free agents or players acquired via trades play? How are some of the competitions in camp playing out throughout the games?
The Dolphins seemingly have a very talented group of running backs as their fourth-round selection Kalen Ballage had 10 carries for 37 yards and another 23 through the air. Senorise Perry was impressive as well, finishing with 35 yards on only four carries, including an impressive 7-yard touchdown run.
As far as the backup quarterbacks go, it seems like it is David Fales' job to lose. Fales and Osweiler were both substituted in and out of the game last night from the first quarter all the way until Bryce Petty got the call on the final two drives of the game. He wasn't too bad either, leading a drive that saw the Dolphins score a touchdown and two-point conversion, both completed to Isaiah Ford to give the Dolphins a 24-23 lead with 1:50 to go In the game. But Fales finished with a QB rating of 106.3. Meanwhile Osweiler completed less than 50 percent of his passes and had several attempts batted down.
While not all questions are answered just yet, the Dolphins have some clarity moving forward, and that's all that you can ask for from a preseason game.

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