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Dolphins make Tuesday roster moves; Philbin addresses assorted issues

Tuesday afternoon update:

The Dolphins have cut "7-11", receiver Chris Hogan, from their practice squad Tuesday to make room for former Florida A&M receiver Brian Tyms, whom the team believes has more physical gifts. Miami added no one to its active roster on Tuesday but cut linebacker Sammy Brown, who was picked up off waivers from the Rams a week ago.

Tyms spent part of training camp with the 49ers and recently auditioned for the Dolphins. He has an intriguing combination of size (6-3), speed (4.4 in thr 40) and leaping ability (38.5 inch vertical jump). Tymes did not play high school football and had 38 catches as a senior at Florida A&M.

Defensive lineman Chas Alecxih, released in the final round of Dolphins cuts, also joined Miami's practice squad on Tuesday.

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Highlights from Joe Philbin’s Monday news conference reflecting on Sunday’s 30-10 loss to Houston:

### On the state of his team: “This is the first time we had been in the locker-room to play a real NFL game. We’re looking for a reference point trying to find out exactly where we are. We’ve got a group of guys this game is important to. They’re professional. They care. I think we have a lot of work to do. I didn’t coach the game well enough nor did they play well enough to earn a victory. We’ve got to make dramatic improvement between week one and two. I expect us to play better this week. We’ve got show some resolve. We’ve got to start establishing how we’re going to play a football game on our home turf."

Philbin said the good news was “I thought we played physical. The effort was excellent.”

### On Ryan Tannehill’s five tipped balls, Philbin said on “one or two, [he] needs better eye control. Couple of the others we need to a better job – especially in the three step game – you’ve got to take guys on firm on the line of scrimmage. We’ve got to do a better job in protection. Sometimes he has to hold his foot a little bit and find the right throwing lane. At times, the receiver has to protect the quarterback. There is culpability across the board. You have to give J.J. Watt some credit. He obviously has a knack [for batting balls].

### On Tannehill’s play otherwise: “There were some good throws in the second half and first half. When he came off to the side, it wasn’t like he was so flustered. It wasn’t like we saw a ton of bad decisions. His [accuracy] was OK. Maybe five throws could have been a little better. I think he will be more accurate this week. On one or two occasions, [he] could have gone the other way with it.”

On one fourth and goal from the eight late in the game,  Tannehill “might have been a little fast in that situation throwing the ball in the flat to Anthony Fasano. With the distance what it was, probably should have put the ball in the end zone.”

### Any concerns about Tannehill losing confidence? “Not right now. I spoke to him on the plane. We chatted a while.”

### On the fact no receiver other than Davone Bess caught a pass until the fourth quarter: “That’s a good stat. I did not know that. There were a couple opportunities we had we didn’t cash in on. We would like to get better distribution. We had 11 to running backs, nine to the receivers. You would like to have more chunk plays. We had a 32-yard screen to Daniel Thomas, a 41-yard play to Jorvorskie Lane. You would like to get the ball down the field a little bit and completed passes to your wideouts. We need to get that going a little bit.”

### He said Brian Hartline “said he felt good” in his first game after missing preseason with a calf injury. “Hopefully, another week will help him be more comfortable. There were things from a  technique point that weren’t quite right yet, which isn’t surprising.”

### Philbin said the offensive line play “was OK. It was average. First half, it was pretty good. We didn’t have a lot of negative yardage runs. Mike Pouncey played an excellent game. He did some things I hadn’t seen in a long time.”

Philbin said rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin “did OK. He played a pretty clean game in [terms of] no penalties, showed good awareness. One of the tipped passes, he didn’t get out there quick enough to get his hands down. Overall, it was a relatively good first performance.”

### Defensively, “at times, we did some really good things. Our effort was good. The tackling was relatively good.  I don’t think they scored a touchdown off our defense unless we had a giveaway. Cam Wake knocked the quarterback down a couple times. Randy Starks had [two sacks]. Second one, he beat the guy relatively quickly. Two sacks -- you would like to get one or two more [overall]. There are signs we will have more pressure on the quarterback.

### I asked Philbin if he believes his team needs to upgrade at receiver or cornerback with any of the available free agents. Philbin did not directly answer, saying “Jeff Ireland and his staff consider any player at any position. If there’s somebody that can help us be a better team, I’m sure they’ll explore that option.”

### He praise Legedu Naanee for an “excellent block” on Marcus Thigpen’s punt return for a touchdown.

### What troubled him most Sunday?  "The four giveaways. If that happens, you open yourself up for those kind of plays to happen to you."

### He declined to discuss the status of Daniel Thomas, who reportedly suffered a concussion, saying only: “I’ve been pleased with his progression. I think he is going to be a good football player.”

 

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