Miami Dolphins Week Three Position Grades

Well, the Miami Dolphins finally got one in the “W” column, no matter how ugly the game was. A 30-24 victory over a Browns team with their third string quarterback shouldn’t be anything to write home about. Let’s see how well the positions did…

Quarterback: B+

Ryan Tannehill has many doubters; one of them being myself. I think he has peaked and don’t think he is capable of becoming a top 10 quarterback. In my view he does not have the skill set to lead a team to a Superbowl. However, this game against the Browns wasn’t all that bad. Sure, there were two interceptions, and none of them were bad throws, one tipped for that matter. The blocking was atrocious. Tannehill made do with what he had and engineered a great game, including an impressive overtime drive for the win.

Running Back: D+

The Miami Dolphins need to figure something out in the backfield. Whether that is moving Jakeem Grant there,  or getting Arian Foster healthy, the Dolphins need to find a way to fix their run game. As of now, there are many tailbacks seeing playing time. This week, Kenyan Drake led the way with nine carries, Jay Ajayi had seven, Isaiah Pead with five, and Damien Williams with one. Running Back committees NEVER work out, so the Dolphins need to select their main guy and roll with it. My pick is for Kenyan Drake.

Wide Receiver: A

The Miami Dolphins may have the best trio of receivers in the NFL. With DeVante Parker finally up to speed, he and Kenny Stills are deadly out wide, and with Jarvis Landry in the slot, Ryan Tannehill has a plethora of opportunities to spread the ball around. When Leonte Carroo finally gets his chance, the Dolphins will be scary.

Tight End: C

Jordan Cameron is injured; shocker! Next man up is Dion Sims, who, unlike Cameron, will not stretch the field. He’ll make for a nice middle of the field option, and is a decent blocker.

Offensive Line: F

It’s the same story every year with the offensive line. On paper, this line looks solid. Unfortunately, games aren’t played on paper. Ja’Wuan James got abused, and Laremy Tunsil still looks lost at left guard. An alternative to this could be trading James or Albert, and sliding Tunsil or Jermon Bushrod to their natural position of tackle. Either way, the front office has got to figure it out.

Defensive Line: A-

The defensive line was pretty solid. Ndamukong Suh had a great game with 1.5 sacks, with the big one coming in overtime. Andre Branch and Cam Wake added a sack each, as Cody Kessler was never able to get settled in the pocket.

Linebackers: C-

The two headed monster of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson combined for 25 rushes for 148 yards, averaging nearly 6 yards per carry. Gaps weren’t getting filled, and tackles were being missed.

Secondary: D

Here’s a nice picture of Byron Maxwell:

Credit to Kate Joranson
Credit to Kate Joranson

Maxwell is trash. I saw it. You saw it. We all saw it. I give Xavien Howard a pass, for now, because he’s only played three games in the NFL, but he hasn’t looked great either. If not for Reshad Jones, this secondary would be the worst in the league.

Special Teams: C+

Same old story. Nothing bad. Nothing good.

One thought on “Miami Dolphins Week Three Position Grades

  • September 28, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Did I not read somewhere earlier in the pre-season that Maxwell ( CB ) could play either zone or man-to-man ? What happened ? Coaching ? That view is wrong obviously. If Maxwell allows his coverage to be any more loose he will be sitting in the stands with the rest of us fans.


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