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I will be partnering with ProFootballFocus.com this year to bring you the best metrics available on the Dolphins anywhere. They will provide the measurables, I'll augment with analysis and insight. Together we'll be unstoppable!

But seriously ...

As everyone knows, tonight's preseason finale against somebody or other is meaningless. If (huge if) Ryan Tannehill plays at all (I doubt it) you'll have to delay your blinks or you'll miss him. Other starters may play but I cannot be specific at this point, as coach Joe Philbin has declined to reveal his strategy for this big tilt.

I can give you some interesting information related to last week's important dress rehearsal game versus Tampa Bay, directly from the analytical geniuses at ProFootballFocus.com:

OFFENSE:

John Jerry saw his first action of the preseason against the Buccaneers with 22 snaps. He struggled in pass protection and run blocking.

(Salguero: Jerry needs more work, which is why I advocate playing the starting offensive line tonight. Play them all. They all need work. I will say that last week, Tyson Clabo had an excellent game).

In the battle for the #2 tight end position, Dion Sims saw 23 snaps with the second-team offense while Michael Egnew saw 22.

(Salguero: Sims had the better game. He blocked better. He played faster. He is ahead of Egnew).

Rookie WR Chad Bumphis played the fewest snaps (3) of any wide receiver.

(Salguero: This sounds quite alarming at first blush. And we'll know tonight whether it is if the trend continues. If the trend continues, then that means Bumphis is on the outs. But if he gets snaps tonight, it is possible Bumphis had already earned a spot on the team -- even as the No. 5 receiver -- and coaches wanted to give others a chance to get the remaining spot. There's also a chance the Dolphins were hiding Bumphis, although this is less plausible because he returned punts).

Josh Samuda played all 50 snaps at first-team right guard, but gave up 3 hurries.

Charles Clay manned 42 snaps as the first-string tight end. He picked up a negative grade in pass catching, but cancelled it out with an equally positive run blocking grade.

Tannehill attempted just two passes 20+ yards down the field.

(Salguero: He wanted to throw to Mike Wallace deep on one play, but Wallace got pushed out of bounds on a double move, so knowing that Wallace was thus ineligible to catch the football, Tannehill threw a check-down pass).

Third-stringer Pat Devlin, fighting for a roster spot, passed well when pressured (5-for-7), but stumbled when he had time (7-for-14 and an INT). He completed only 3 of 6 passes with one interception on throws of 10 yards or more and didn't attempt a pass of 20 yards or more.

Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson,  and Charles Clay each dropped a pass from Ryan Tannehill.

(Salguero: I also recall a drop by Brian Hartline in the end zone).

Perhaps most surprisingly from PFF is this: Left tackle Jonathan Martin was much maligned in his rookie season where he split time between right and left tackle. He finished the season grading positively in only two games all year and had the third worst pass blocking efficiency among starting tackles. Thats why his first three games this preseason were a revelation. Martin didn’t give up a single pressure until Saturday. Against a mixture of Adrian Clayborn and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim Martin gave up a hit and two hurries 

DEFENSE

After releasing Richard Marshall during the week, Dmitri Patterson played 27 snaps as the #2 cornerback on the other side of Brent Grimes.

(Salguero: Patterson is your other starting cornerback, folks. Coach Joe Philbin has declined to say that's the case, but that is indeed the case).

MLB Dannell Ellerbe had 4 defensive stops on 28 snaps, while OLB Philip Wheeler had 3 stops in his 25 snaps.

(Salguero: Ellerbe has been outstanding this preseason. If he plays the regular season like he did the preseason, the Dolphins definitely upgraded).

Jamar Taylor, Nolan Carroll, and Will Davis all took at least 20 snaps as reserve cornerbacks. Carroll graded positively, Taylor was average, and Davis received a negative grade.

(Salguero: I like Nolan Carroll as a person. I'm not buying that he will be 16-games consistent as the third CB. Why not, you ask? Because this is his fourth NFL season and he's never been that in three previous seasons. He is what he is).

Dmitri Patterson was targeted three times by Josh Freeman. He allowed just the one catch for 5 yards.

The Dolphins, as a team, allowed the Bucs to haul in just 9 of their 24 targeted passes.

Special Teams

Rishard Matthews missed a tackle on special teams and did not look comfortable on the kickoff coverage team.

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Granite @ 1:15, I am a bit of cap geek so I can give you an update. Team has a ton of cap space right now. About 20 million actually. They saved agood chunk of cash cutting Marshall and Louis (not much guaranteed money.)

This extra space can be used this year if we trade for a vet or rolled over to next year. Aponte/Ireland have us in nice shape to get the players they want resigned next offseason.

Nat Moore is a shining example of positivism. HoHoH!

Cocoajoe,
Was discussing this the other day. There will be no picking up a tight end. There nobody there. The Dolphins will swim with what they have. My take was most likely offense will move forward with best blocking tight end on the roster. Look for interchangeable play with combo of blocking and receiving from both the TE and FB positions. Not having a game changer at these positions does not kill us. It's a work around. in Fact I think you'll see some double slot sets as well. This could be a grand opportunity for Gibson...he may have been handed a monster season on a silver platter.

Disambiguation...

The stats that I would like posted on this blog every week for both teams is turnover differential and red zone td/fg ratio.I would like to see this every week and tabulted and kept for the season.
I believe once the fans realize how impoprtant these two team stats are to winning it will generate more interest.
If anyone has any doubt check the Pats in these two catagories every season since Bellicheck has been HC.
Of course everything else cant go south but these two stats are exemplarary of a disiplined well coached team that focuses on not making mental mistakes, and scoring Tds when they have the chance instead of settling for FGs(remember Sporano the Fg cheerleader)

All these lawsuits and conversations about concussions...what did the league know and when??? Well...is it not very commonly known that smashing ones head against other objects repeatedly can and will cause damage to the brain...I mean...how does this seem to be some new breaking news??? Do we really need 100 scientists and doctors to tell us this??? Can folks that sit behind a desk all day long start suing their employers for being physically unfit...having carpel tunnel...or any other negative effects of a profession along those lines???

Granite, the Dolphins are currently $20M under the cap. pretty crazy considering how busy they were, no?

Jake long IS NOT durable. Doesn't matter if he plays in pre-season, reg season or whenever....that's why he is no longer hear. it's not rocket science.

Having said all that...I do think the league could do more for its reitred players...but it can be difficult to weed out the ones whom truly do need help against those who are just looking for a payday because their money management skills are garbage...

By the way, Miami had the 13th easiest schedule last year. Fair schedule - just about middle of the pack. Not like it was a cakewalk.

well, it's back to work....have a great afternoon fellow Dolphin fans....PEACE

Daniel Thomas #3 QB

why is anyone still talking about bumphis??
he is not only behind mcnutt, he is also behind tyms.

watch espn tonight to see the most dominant de in the history of college football

Going to OBX for a fishing/drinking/relaxation trip during week 1 vs Cleveland... will have to watch the game at the local Hooters!!! Mark...will those double D's be enough to get us in the playoffs this year???

cocoajoe, was hoping Brent Celek might've been an option but read a report by the Eagles insider that they plan to use him plenty even though they drafted Ertz. Only other talented vet I like out there is Marcedes Lewis. Other than that - not much to get out there unless you overpay with draft pick compensation. TE has to be a real target in next years draft and not in the 3rd/4th round like they've been doing. #1 this time.

Great entry here and awesome to hear Armando is hooked up with PFF.


Cocoajoe,
Was discussing this the other day. There will be no picking up a tight end. There nobody there. The Dolphins will swim with what they have. My take was most likely offense will move forward with best blocking tight end on the roster. Look for interchangeable play with combo of blocking and receiving from both the TE and FB positions. Not having a game changer at these positions does not kill us. It's a work around. in Fact I think you'll see some double slot sets as well. This could be a grand opportunity for Gibson...he may have been handed a monster season on a silver platter.

Posted by: Deaners | August 29, 2013 at 01:32 PM

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You might be right regarding team decision as to "no picking up a tight end". But as to "There(s) nobody there" I am talking about a trade NOT some teams garbage cuts.
As for blocking type TEs, that's not gonna cut it. Recieving fullback? Charles Clay? Jeeze.
As far as imaginative play calling, we'll need 'em for sure. But I've seen some head WTF type of scratchers last year from Sherman. but that's another topic.

Agreed (with Armando) Start the o-line except Clabo. Great entry and it's good to hear Armando is hooked up with PFF.

KingShula @ 1:36. Turnover margin is the King Stat if you will - no pun intended. No other stat in this sport leads to winning more than that one. NONE.

Top 10 teams in T/O differential last year = .686 win %. You can pass and run and sack the QB all you want but if you aren't winning the T/O battle, it won't matter.

Agreed (with Armando) Start the o-line except Clabo. Great entry and it's good to hear Armando is hooked up with the stat geeks, should be a little more interesting in here this season.

Alright Armando/Miami Herlad...some of my comments are NOT posting...

George is getting upset!!!

I see it like you Jaison, BUmphis is buried. Nowehere to be seen in the three real preseason games.

go finssssssssssss

Well...clubs have until Saturday at 6PM to get their rosters down to the 53...so the questions will be answered very soon...

So will Tannehill play tonight?

WTF MAN???

hope not truth, no reason to

We are just starting to realize that Philbin isnt much of a coach.

Posted by: Jack! | August 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

This was obvious last year.


cocoajoe, was hoping Brent Celek might've been an option but read a report by the Eagles insider that they plan to use him plenty even though they drafted Ertz. Only other talented vet I like out there is Marcedes Lewis. Other than that - not much to get out there unless you overpay with draft pick compensation. TE has to be a real target in next years draft and not in the 3rd/4th round like they've been doing. #1 this time.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 29, 2013 at 02:03 PM
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I was looking at Celek and read the same thing. But that's what Ireland gets paid to do...talk with the other teams. And who really knows what goes on behind the scenes?
As far as overpaying, that's what usually happens anyway. If your GM cannot evaluate NFL quality TEs in the draft.....

Keep it up there Dbag...I know you are a joke...you know you are a joke...whether you want to admit it or not...these are the Facts!

celek damn good, vick loves him


Granite, the Dolphins are currently $20M under the cap. pretty crazy considering how busy they were, no?

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 29, 2013 at 01:41 PM

25 mill under. Coulda kept Long and Bush if Ross gave a crap about winning.

cocoajoe, Ireland and teh Dolphins already learned that lesson by how much they had to pay Wallace. Been one of my frustrating beefs with ireland was how he neglected the TE position. 3rd and 4th round picks are not sure NFL starters. However, this year I'd give hiim a bye. he did well in getting Keller. not his fault he got amputated. Not like it was the re-occurence of an old injury or something. Not many teams could survive losing their top TEs.

Ross Blowz, can we get an update on Sanchez's shoulder?

long and bush?? why good ridens

dusty, don't forget Sean Smith and karlos Dansby. Irreplaceable according to an earlier post.

hilarious mark, here in kc they are already hating smith. isnt dansby sacking groceries now?

The Dolphins get rid of their best players every year because they are too cheap to pay them. Then they wonder why they lose every season. Just like the Marlins.

I can't even imagine what level of "no life" it would take to watch the last week of preseason.

If you watch it, you have no life.

ireland had great free agency. but awful draft

lol

dusty, karlos is babysitting the Cardinals MLB position until their actual starter returns from juice suspension.

cheap fish, i'll give you bonifacio and josh johnson back anyday ... for nothing!

kc loving bonafacio

Mark, we want H Ramirez, M Cabrera , Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, and Jake Long back.

nobody would want any of that garbage back outside cabrera

M take is Bumphis on returns because they would like to develop him, but he has to make a st'er. Like many said, stronger indication he's on the outs as the "5th wr".

He must make strong showing as returner tonight to make the 53. Still, I think coaches see an upside that makes him worth developing, not getting poached on ps.

I look at last years Super Bowl teams and I see San Fran with a really good tight end and some decent wide receivers , nothing special really with the exception of Crabtree who in my opinion was finally becoming pretty good , then I look at the Ravens who had two good WR's and a good TE in Pitta, now it seems to me the Phins have really upgraded the WR corp, and then lost a really good TE in Keller ( my favorite FA acquisition ) I can see L. Miller excelling now that he will be full time, but it seems a lot of posters on here is ready to flush the season because we lost Keller, when in reality we have a a couple good young TE'son the roster ( I think Sims will be good). Now I'm no expert but I can tell you now that if there is a TE cut then he will not be an upgrade, the phins will go with what they got and I bet that we will all be surprised at how well they do. Everyone's been saying all during training camp that success depends on T-Hill and that hasn't changed in my opinion. SanFran and the Ravens both got outstanding play from they're QB's with just good not great supporting cast that's what the phins need now.

Clay, Egnew, which is better, which is worse. Clay hasnt done diddly during his stay with the Dolphins. Egnew,,,its already been said,,,he just aint NFL quality. Sims and "which ever" at TE. Sims, I hope gets the bulk of the playing time tonight. I wont watch,,, I never watch Dolphin games. Ive taken a beat'en over the past 20 yrs.

Preseason finale means full focus can now be placed on gm1 regular season. This means:

CLEVELAND BROWNS...............................

Regular season football is officially back!

Jake Long and Brandon marshall may not be playing football in 12 months. not a bad move by Ireland getting two third picks for a guy with a degenerative hip condition (this is called reverse trolling)

And no no, you can't pick and choose. take em all or leave em all.

I expect gm 1 against the Browns to be a very close low scoring game. Like us, The Browns are young with a talented nucleus. Like us, game 1, they'll be looking to show their fans they are much improved over a season ago too.

It should be a very tight and closely fought 1st regular season game. If expecting a blowout you maybe fully disappointed.

Only because I'm a dolfan, I pick the fish 17-13 over the Browns...........

GAME 1:

Fish 17 Browns 13

Browns will lead Fish 13-10 going into late 4th qtr. Tannehill leads only his 2nd career 4th qtr comeback win with late td pass to Dion Sims to seal the victory.

How's that for a 1st game scenario and rising of both the Tannehill legend and rookie te Dion Sims quickly coming of age? Dolfan homers would be proud.....

That would be pretty funny. Browns leading 13-10 into late 4th qtr, bashers will be bashin. Then when Tannehill snatches victory from jaws of defeat, homer will get the knockout punch over bashers.

Would make for a very exciting 1st 2013 Live Blog...

Tyms and Matthews are your other two WR

That would be a crazy scenario YG, but I will take it. The Browns will be better than people think at home. No Josh Gordon or Mingo for them gives us the edge I think.

No what would make the "realist" go off would be the Fins Score 17 pts in the first qtr and coasting to a 17-13 victory...
The "realist" would then blow up about how we should have lost bc we didnt score in the other 3 qtrs or that Tannehill didnt throw for more than 2 TD's or that Sturgis FG attempt wasnt of 6 yrds or m ore..

60 yds or more^

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