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3 Takeaways: #MIAvsPHI

Posted Aug 25, 2017

1. Cutler Looks Ready for the Regular Season - Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler played five offensive possessions and looked very comfortable, stepping up in the pocket and finding big plays down the field. He used his feet and vision in finding wide out Kenny Stills on a third-and-six for 15 yards to keep a drive alive. On the next play, Culter gave DeVante Parker a chance to go up and snag a 50-50 ball that he turned it into a 72-yard play down to the 2-yard line. This is a combination that I'm really looking forward to see flourish during the regular season. Cutler finished the night finding tight end Julius Thomas in the front corner of the end zone.

2. Timmons Making Plays - Linebacker Lawrence Timmons was all over the field during the first quarter and a half for the Dolphins defense. The veteran looked like a rookie trying to make the team as he tracked running backs down from behind, as well as being tough at the point of attack. Timmons also came up with an interception in pass coverage to close out his playing time this preseason. Timmons, Kiko Alonso and the addition for middle linebacker Rey Maualuga gives the Dolphins defense the experience and playmaking ability they were lacking a season ago.

3. Communication Breakdowns - Last week, it was the special team units that had multiple mistakes and mental errors. Against the Eagles, it was the secondary that looked a bit lost at times, and those mistakes turned into points for the Philadelphia offense. Early in the game, safety Reshad Jones and cornerback Byron Maxwell allowed Eagles wide out Torrey Smith to get behind both of them for an easy 50-yard touchdown. It appeared Jones was looking for Maxwell to continue running with Smith, but altered his coverage as Jones peeled off of Smith at the same time. This communication breakdown allowed an easy score. The second error occurred in the red zone when nickel back Bobby McCain overplayed a combination route as Maxwell also jumped the same route. This mix-up made it easy for receiver Alshon Jeffery to hit the crease on a quick slant for another score.

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