The Miami Dolphins routed the Atlanta Falcons of their handiest 2021 preseason game at Now not easy Rock Stadium on Saturday evening, dominating first-three hundred and sixty five days head coach Arthur Smith’s team to the tune of 37-17.
The having fun with time for the Dolphins change into once vital extra unfolded than in the 20-13 loss against the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener, making things a minute extra refined to be taught by the utilization of every player’s snap depend.
Nonetheless here are the things that stood out in that regard:
— The Dolphins launched earlier than the game that 13 avid gamers were not anticipated to play, and other folks 13 certainly did not play. Nonetheless everybody else on the active roster received no lower than one snap against the Falcons. The 13 avid gamers who were saved out: WR Albert Wilson, WR Will Fuller V, WR Lynn Bowden, WR DeVante Parker, WR Preston Williams, WR Isaiah Ford, S Jevon Holland, S Brandon Jones, CB Javaris Davis, LB Vince Biegel, LB Elandon Roberts, T Adam Pankey and TE Cethan Carter.
— The absence of Holland, the second-round settle on between Oregon, came as a minute of shock brooding about he change into once took portion in the joint convey with the Falcons on Thursday, however head coach Brian Flores talked about he change into once going through some sort of bodily self-discipline.
— The three avid gamers who joined the Dolphins this week all noticed motion, with address Greg Puny getting the most snaps with 12. Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons played 11 snaps (six on protection and 5 on special groups) after being signed Friday; large receiver Khalil McClain played two snaps on offense after being signed Monday.
— The Dolphins want to invent 5 roster cuts to procure correct down to the most of 80 by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday and, as change into once the case with the first minimize, a low snap depend for a backside-of-the-depth-chart player always is a wicked signal. That surely applies here to McClain, whose two snaps were the fewest for any offensive player. Cornerback Tino Ellis also would seem in hazard after having fun with eight snaps on protection and one special groups.
— And here’s a titillating one to appear — every other time, assuming an injury wasn’t eager, and there were no glaring accidents previous the minor leg disorders with receivers and tight ends — however Shaquem Griffin can be in jeopardy basically basically based on snap counts. Even supposing he did procure seven snaps on special groups, he change into once the handiest defensive player in uniform not to procure a snap on protection.
— The Dolphins obviously needed to procure a protracted possess a look at their young offensive linemen against Atlanta, which would present the 47 snaps for center Michael Deiter, address Austin Jackson, and guards Robert Hunt and Solomon Kindley. They tied for most snaps on offense with large receiver Malcolm Perry.
— Used comely address Jesse Davis played 23 snaps, leaving the game after the second touchdown drive. Rookie second-round settle on Liam Eichenberg replaced Davis and played 46 snaps, staying in the game after the quite quite a bit of four offensive linemen were given the relaxation of the evening off. Here’s logical on memoir of the Dolphins want to offer Eichenberg deal of reps, while Davis doesn’t want nearly as vital work to procure willing for the birth up of the fashionable season.
— As anticipated, key defensive starters Xavien Howard, Byron Jones and Emmanuel Ogbah all noticed motion against Atlanta after being saved out of the Chicago game, however to no person’s shock it change into once runt motion. The two cornerbacks played handiest 9 defensive snaps, while Ogbah received eight. There merely change into once zero want to push something there.
— At closing, we procure to rookie draft picks Jaelan Phillips and Hunter Lengthy, who every made his NFL preseason debut after missing the Chicago game with accidents. Phillips in reality received the birth up at birth air linebacker as the Dolphins opened in a 3-4-4 alignment and played 27 snaps on protection and two on special groups; Lengthy played 20 snaps on offense, the second-most among the team’s tight ends in the back of the 27 snaps for Chris Myarick.
— For those retaining receive, linebacker Sam Eguavoen led the Dolphins protection not handiest alongside with his four sacks however also in snaps alongside with his 38, four bigger than cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc.