NOTEBOOK: Thigpen Shows A New Dimension; Other Notes

Posted Sep 30, 2013

Second-year Canadian import comes up big in the passing game.

Last year, Marcus Thigpen gained notoriety for the Miami Dolphins as a dangerous punt and kick returner but saw very limited action on offense. He lined up twice in the backfield in the first half and the second time he feigned a block, turned around to catch the short pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and turned it into a 50-yard gain.

Two plays later, second-year running back Lamar Miller took it into the end zone from 5 yards out to bring Miami within four points at 14-10. Thigpen now has a punt return, kickoff return and pass reception for 50 yards or more in his career, as he ran back a punt 72 yards for a score in the season opener at Houston last season and a kickoff 96 yards at Buffalo on a Thursday night.

Statistical milestones

Tannehill’s 26-yard run on a quarterback keeper was the third longest of his young career and tied for the longest run by a Dolphins quarterback on a Monday night with Jay Fiedler on November 1st, 2004 at the New York Jets. … His 48 rushing yards on the night were his second most of his career behind the 52 yards against Jacksonville last December 16th at Sun Life Stadium. … Wide receiver Brandon Gibson’s 28-yard reception in the second quarter was his longest as a Dolphin and longest since his 34-yard touchdown on September 16th, 2012 as a member of the St. Louis Rams. … Tannehill’s 50-yard pass to Thigpen was the fourth longest of his career behind his 80-yard touchdown pass to Hartline last September in Arizona and the 67-yard pass he completed to tight end Charles Clay two weeks ago at Indianapolis. … Clay caught his first touchdown pass of the season and sixth of his career early in the fourth quarter when he reeled in a 3-yarder in the end zone. … Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe recovered his first fumble as a Dolphin late in the game near his own end zone after safety Jimmy Wilson jarred the ball loose from Saints running back Darren Sproles. … Defensive end Derrick Shelby made his first career start in place of two-time Pro Bowler Cameron Wake. … Rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor made his NFL debut after being inactive the first three games due to a groin injury. … Defensive tackle Marvin Austin made his Dolphins debut tonight.


The Dolphins return home this Sunday to Sun Life Stadium on a short week to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m.

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