INSIDER: Takeaways from the Dolphins 2nd Preseason Game

Josh Friedman
August 18, 2017 - 1:34 pm

What can we take away from the Dolphins 2nd preseason game, I mean besides it being terminally long?  The cornerbacks had the best game of any grouping. Both Xavien Howard and rookie Cordrea Tankersley each had an interception.  Byron Maxwell caused two fumbles.  He seems to have a knack for that skill.  Last season he forced four fumbles. Jay Ajayi played two series and looked good. He recently came out of the concussion protocol so a big positive was seeing him exit the game healthy.
Also on the positive side, Jay Cutler looked good, going 3/6 for 24 yards.  Completions of 31 yards to DeVante Parker and 19 yards to Jay Ajayi were called back due to penalties. He ran a little no huddle offense in his two series, showed arm strength on that pass to Parker and withstood a hard hit on his shoulder. Parker himself had a good game in limited time. Besides  the 31 yard pass that was called back, he also had a 16 yard gain.
On the negative side, it was a dumpster fire for special teams. A punt was blocked and a kickoff was fumbled. Plus that unit had a myriad of penalties. Someone get special team coordinator Darren Rizzi some Tums. He'll need it when he watches the tape of his unit.  Sam Young started at RT in place of Ja'Wuan James and had a night to forget. On the opening drive, he alone had two holding penalties that negated big gains, including the aforementioned 31 yard completion from Cutler to Parker. 
Don't get too high or low based on this game. Preseason isn't always a precursor of the regular season.  The best litmus test among these four games will be next Thursday in Philadelphia where the Dolphins take on the Eagles in the dress rehearsal game. This after practicing against the Eagles on Monday and Tuesday. 

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