With a lot of anticipation as to how the new offense would function against an opponent, the Dolphins answered the call by marching 73 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 4:59 into the game.
To put it into perspective, the Dolphins hadn’t scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the preseason since 1988 when their quarterback was a fellow by the name of Marino.
The Miami touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from
Tannehill was flawless on that drive, completing all six of his passes for 62 yards. Among his completions was a 36-yard hook-up with
His previous long had been a 33-yard pass to
Along with Tannehill’s passing, the rest of the drive consisted of four
Making it all possible was the new-look offensive line, which provided Tannehill with great pass protection, although the quarterback helped his cause with nice play fakes.
“They did a good job today in pass protection and opening the running game,” Miller said of the offensive line. “We still got a lot of room for improvement. It’s only the first preseason game; we’ve just got to get better as a unit.”
Making that first drive more impressive was the fact it was accomplished with Mike Wallace,
“We looked good the first drive,” Gibson said. “We still have tons of work to do. We’re missing Clay, Mike, Brian. I think they’re a big part of our offense. Once we get to full strength, we’ll be even better.”
The Dolphins ended up losing 16-10 in a penalty-filled game after a fumble by rookie quarterback
“I thought our guys played hard, I thought our guys played tough; unfortunately, there’s some things that have happened in practice that reared their ugly head at a bad time in the game,” Philbin said. “If you would have asked me when we had the ball on the 5-yard line, I would have bet my ranch and everything I have that we were going to win the football game.”
The first drive was all the action Tannehill saw against Atlanta on Friday night as he gave way to Lobato while both
While clearly the highlight of the evening for the Dolphins, the performance of Tannehill and the first-team offense was far from the only noteworthy performances.
Rookie wide receiver
Landry began the return with a quick move to elude the first defender and later broke a tackle to gain an additional 20 yards. The return was the longest for the Dolphins in a preseason game since Phillip Livas had a 75-yard touchdown in 2011, also at the Georgia Dome.
Landry’s punt return came after
On defense, second-year cornerback
“It felt like they were coming at me every time I was out there,” Davis said. “It was kind of crazy. That’s what you want, especially in the preseason. You want the opportunity to make plays and come in here and get action.”
In the end, though, the Dolphins left the Georgia Dome knowing they still have plenty of work to do in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season. That includes the defense, a group that wasn’t happy about a fairly significant number of missed tackles.
“Just one thing that we need to work on, especially myself, is tackling right now,” linebacker
“We definitely found out what we need to work on this week.”