Consistency Is The Key.
Regardless of how you want to perceive week-1, just remember — the Miami Dolphins are 1-0, and the Adam Gase era kicked off with a commanding 27-10 win over the New York Giants.
The schemes were vanilla, Tannehill was rusty — going a mere 2-of-4 for 8-yards, and the first team offensive line struggled to allow any offensive production against former Miami star Oliver Vernon and the Giants’ rebooted D-Line — resulting in zero points and no first downs on the Dolphins’ initial two drives.
Should you be worried? Absolutely.
But is it time to panic? Give it a few weeks.
Remember, the first week of preseason is virtually another practice set at regular game speed. It’s not the regular season. It’s not the playoffs. It’s week-1 of preseason, and preseason is about two things: Consistency and Depth.
While week-2 will once more put depth on full display, as Adam Gase & Co. decipher who stays and who goes, the Cowboys will also be their first real test of just how far away the Dolphins really are on both the offensive and defensive line — and can they be consistent.
These next two weeks everything should speed up. … we should play better. We got to protect our quarterback better, we’ve got to run it better, we’ve got to throw, catch it better. We’ve got to do everything better.” – Clyde Christensen
What to watch for:
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Hearld, first round draft pick and former Ole Miss standout Laremy Tunsil received his most first-team snaps at left guard in any of the teams practices to date this week. Tunsil, who was once considered a top-5 pick in the 2016 draft, has struggled since transitioning from tackle, but will look for his first career start against a tough Dallas D-Line.
Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins could get a much needed 1-2 punch on offense, as Coach Adam Gase told media on Tuesday that veteran RB Arian Foster is expected to make his preseason debut against the Dallas Cowboys. While the 29-year old back will more than likely see limited snaps, due to rehabbing from last October’s Achilles’ tear, it will be interesting to see how the Dallas defensive responds to the 4x Pro Bowl running back, and if he can relieve some pressure on the offensive line due to his abilities in open-space and involvement in the pass offense.
Ajayi rushed twice for 6-yards in week-1
On the defensive side of the ball, it seems Adam Gase has not decided whether superstar defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh, Mario Williams and Cameron Wake will see action this Friday.
After dominating throughout training camp, the Cowboys, who have easily one of the best lines in the national football league, will be an interesting test of just how well the Dolphins’ “wide-9” defense performance against elite O-Lines.
Cowboys running back Eziekial Elliott could miss week-2 due to a sore hamstring.
Running back Kenyan Drake and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, were both held out of practice on Tuesday.