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Reaction from Preseason Game 3: Mostly good (with injury update)

ORLANDO -- The semi-important dress-rehearsal game for the Miami Dolphins this 2016 preseason is over and, not that you care, but the Dolphins won, 17-6.

Winning is better than losing.

Here's what I saw:

Ryan Tannehill was inconsistent. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 155 yards. And that suggests his accuracy was good. But he threw one interception and threw another pass late that would have been intercepted had the defender not dropped the ball in his chest.

Tannehill's QB rating was 67.5 but that is deceptive.

Jordan Cameron, who dropped a couple of more passes this week after dropping at TD last week, had a TD pass hit him in the facemask and hands and that was one of his tough moments. The ball was contested but Cameron outweighs safety Damian Parms by 55 pounds and is has a three-inch height advantage. He has to win those matchups.

Jordan finished with one catch for six yards on four targets.

“(For) the one (drop), I’ve got to just catch the ball," Jordan said. "I was looking to run on the third down one. The other one I haven’t watched yet. I don’t know if I dropped the ball. I don’t know if I even touched the ball. I’ve got to watch it and see what happened."

By the way, Tannehill only played the first half. And he threw 29 passes. The Dolphins had 44 offensive snaps in the first half. That's a lot. And they threw 29 times, also a lot.

This is the most impressive stat to me: In the first half when both teams stuck with their starters, the Miami offense converted five of nine third down plays. That is outstanding.

The Atlanta Falcons offense was limited in converting one of six third down conversions against the Miami starting defense. And the Falcons were 0 for 1 on fourth down. So the Miami defense won on the money down and got off the field.

Arian Foster was good. He only rushed five times for 10 yards but he won in the open field and had a nice 2-yard TD run.

The offensive line was general good in providing Tannehill plenty of time to throw. Tannehill was not sacked. The OL was not an issues in pass protection. Run blocking needs to get better. Laramy Tunsil, better in pass pro than run blocking in previous weeks, has to get better in run blocking.

Tunsil started at left guard. Jermon Bushrod started at right guard. This is the second week this combo starts for the Dolphins. It looks like this might be the opening week guard combo.

I must tell you that Dallas Thomas took some first-team snaps with at right guard. So that might be the variable that changes if a change is indeed made.

The cornerbacks were bad tonight.

Tony Lippett was beaten a couple of times, including on a deep pass. He was lifted in the first quarter in favor of Bobby McCain.

And McCain was called for a pass interference so he wasn't exactly amazing, either. Let's face it, McCain is playing out of position. He's an NFL slot corner.

Kenny Stills was solid with four catches on six targets. Jarvis Landry had four receptions on five targets. Not the problem.

The Dolphins gave Cameron Wake his preseason debut and he played exclusively on third-down and pass-rush situations. I get the feeling this is going to be the approach at least early in the season.

Mario Williams, invisible in limited action last week, did little of note this night while getting more snaps. Williams did have a pressure.

Ndamukong Suh suffered a left ankle injury and left the field in the first quarter. He did not return.

[Update: Coach Adam Gase said Suh is "ok." Suh was unavailable for comment.]

Running back Isaiah Pead (hamstring), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (ankle) defensive end Terrence Fede (knee), and defensive end Chris McCain (shoulder) also suffered injuries and did not return to the game.

{Update: Gase said the team will have to look at Pead's ankle Friday to further understand the seriousness. Fede's knee will be further examined Friday but Gase said "it's nothing major." The coach said Jenkins is ok. The coach did not mention McCain's injury.]

Anthony Steen, starting at center in place of the injured Mike Pouncey, was charged with a fumble when he had a poor snap in the first quarter. Tannehill fell on the loose football. 

Safety Reshad Jones, who made a lot of impactful plays for the Dolphins last season, made one this game. He intercepted a pass in the end zone, thus keeping Atlanta off the scoreboard, and ran out the ball 18 yards to the 17-yard line.

“It was a big play in the red zone and it was a big play for me and my team so it felt great," Jones said. "We had a lot of tough games and this was just a good show of how far we’ve come.

“The rate of winning goes up once you start getting turnovers. Coach is always stressing the fact that we need to turn the ball over, get sacks and that’s what we do as DBs – break up the ball up and get interceptions.”

Finally this ... Defensive tackle Julius Warmsley, relegated to third team, was active. He blew up one play and had a sack.