Miami Dolphins 2021 Week 1 Report Card

Table of Contents QuarterbacksWorking backsHuge receiversRestricted endsOffensive lineDefensive lineLinebackersSecondarySpecific teams The Dolphins uncovered a way to pull out a victory at Gillette Stadium in Week 1 even with remaining terribly outgained in terms of yardage. So how did that translate in our weekly report card? Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa arrived out […]

The Dolphins uncovered a way to pull out a victory at Gillette Stadium in Week 1 even with remaining terribly outgained in terms of yardage.

So how did that translate in our weekly report card?

Quarterbacks

Tua Tagovailoa arrived out on hearth, directing an complete magnificent opening travel that finished with his personal landing operate, but he relaxation of his overall performance wasn’t really as extraordinary. The remaining figures had been Okay, with Tagovailoa finishing 16 of 27 passes for 202 yards with one particular landing, a 3-yarder to rookie Jaylen Waddle in the 3rd quarter. But it truly is impossible to neglect the horrible interception that arrived near to costing the Dolphins the victory simply because Tua completely has to know improved than to attempt to chuck the ball absent into traffic when receiving pressure. There was yet another occasion when he threw late into coverage and was blessed security Devin McCourty wasn’t equipped to appear up with an additional select. In addition to his landing, Tua failed to run the ball. On the as well as facet, he was on the dollars with several slants, such as a important 13-yard completion to DeVante Parker on the video game-clinching generate. In general, it was a strong work, even though there is stuff to clean up up. Jacoby Brissett was a aspect with two QB sneaks for to start with downs, together with the recreation-clincher, and can help bring up the grade. Grade: B-

Working backs

The Dolphins’ rushing totals were not specially mind-boggling, but Malcolm Brown deserves props for a massive 4-lawn achieve to established up Brissett’s closing QB sneak. He was stopped immediately after what seemed like a 2-yard obtain but refused to go down and the pile got pushed forward for a pair extra yards. That was truly significant. Myles Gaskin ran the ball well, buying up 49 yards on nine carries, like a 15-yard achieve on the Dolphins’ next landing push. Salvon Ahmed did not do a lot in the running sport, but had a nifty 18-lawn reception on the to start with touchdown travel. Quality: B-

Huge receivers

Waddle made an quick and apparent effects in his to start with NFL video game, starting with a 17-yard select-up on a slant on the quite initial offensive snap, adopted by a 36-yard obtain to set up a subject purpose and then his touchdown. Unfortunately, he did have a poor drop on a third-down move to prevent a drive. DeVante Parker showed the moment once again what a issue he can be when healthful with four catches for 81 yards, including the crucial 13-garden decide-up late and a 30-property reception on the 2nd landing drive. No other large receiver caught a move and Albert Wilson was the only just one else who was targeted (transpired 2 times). Mack Hollins and Jakeem Grant each and every performed seven snaps on offense with out consequence. Grade: B+

Restricted ends

It was an awfully tranquil working day for the tight ends in the passing match, as Durham Smythe experienced the only reception (superior for 9 yards). Mike Gesicki played only 21 snaps (his least expensive whole because his rookie year) and failed to have a catch on two targets. He did capture a single move in the fourth quarter, but the engage in was negated when the Dolphins have been penalized for an ineligible person downfield. Hunter Extensive performed 18 snaps, nevertheless he wasn’t focused and the identical held correct for Cethan Carter on his 12 snaps. The major purpose for the restricted ends on this day was blocking and considering the Dolphins managed only 259 whole yards, it is tough to hand out a incredibly superior quality here. Grade: C

Offensive line

This was not an quick assignment for the offensive line going from a good New England defense and executing so with a rookie starting at remaining tackle after doing the job at other positions throughout coaching camp, but it is tricky to be extremely significant of the overall performance. The Dolphins’ last offensive numbers were being pedestrian, but the operating backs did average 4.1 yards per speeding endeavor and Tagovailoa was hit 4 times whilst staying sacked two times. The negatives ended up a few penalties, although there was a single bogus keeping phone from that rookie, Liam Eichenberg. The other holding contact was legit, as was Solomon Kindley’s ineligible downfield penalty. Grade: B-

Defensive line

The major enhancement on the defensive line in this activity was the knee damage that sidelined Raekwon Davis right after only five snaps, forcing veteran John Jenkins to get in depth participating in time at nose tackle. Emmanuel Ogbah experienced a truly fantastic video game, especially all through a extend of the second fifty percent when he forced a keeping penalty and then had a deal with for loss on a functioning enjoy. Zach Sieler had the very first of two fumble recoveries for the Dolphins, but also was flagged for unlawful arms to the confront. Christian Wilkins had one particular of the Dolphins’ nine quarterback hits, but was moved out of his place on Damien Harris’ 35-garden operate on the initial offensive perform of the game. That run definitely skewed New England’s rushing figures because devoid of it the Pats obtained 95 yards on 29 carries for a 3.3 ordinary. Grade: B-

Linebackers

Jerome Baker was quite energetic and ended up top the group with 12 tackles, but all of them arrived downfield (shortest get was 4 yards) and he was on the erroneous conclusion of a 26-property completion to jogging back again James White, rough credit has to go to Mac Jones for a excellent pass on that one particular. Baker also was included in the tackle that manufactured Xavien Howard’s massive takeaway late in the recreation. Sam Eguavoen was the most successful move rusher between the linebacker with three QB hits, even though Andrew Van Ginkel had a reasonably silent outing. Elandon Roberts had an apparent third-down sack wiped out by a dubious roughing-the-passer penalty for hitting Jones at the knees as he fell forward into him and also experienced fantastic protection on an incompletion. New England jogging backs caught 9 passes for 75 yards, which is a little bit a great deal to give up. Grade: C+

Secondary

Jones ended the activity with 281 passing yards, but he did not have a completion more time than that 26-property hook-up to White. Jakobi Meyers tied White for the group guide with six catches, but they went for only 44 yards, although Nelson Agholor experienced a group-large 72 receiving yards. The only obtrusive coverage mishap resulted in a 22-lawn completion to Meyers, but it was the solution of a receiver knocking slot corner Justin Coleman out of the way on an uncalled pick play. What the DBs did very best yet again was making takeaways, with Howard’s play certainly topping the record. But Eric Rowe was the a single who stripped the ball on the Sieler fumble recovery and rookie Jevon Holland also pressured a fumble by tight stop Jonnu Smith, although the Patriots recovered that 1. This was a recreation for the entire protection with a lot of bending but small breaking. Quality: B

Specific teams

It was a pretty uneventful match in phrases of particular teams, even though Jason Sanders did what he does, which was make a 48-yard area purpose endeavor at the close of the initial 50 percent search effortless. It was not a excellent Dolphins debut for punter Michael Palardy, who had a web common of only 35 yards in huge component since he set a punt from the Miami 48 into the conclusion zone for a touchback. Jakeem Grant obtained 18 yards on his only punt return, but he fielded the ball at the 2-yard line, so likelihood are the Dolphins would have experienced the identical starting point experienced he allow it go (simply because it very likely would have gone into the finish zone for an additional touchback). Jamal Perry, Mack Hollins and Brennan Scarlett all were in on two tackles on distinctive groups, and the Dolphins didn’t give up a extensive return. Grade: B

Lashell Coykendall

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