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Postgame Notebook: Stafford Has Memorable Weekend; Other Notes

Posted Aug 4, 2013

Get all the notes, quotes and statistical milestones following the preseason opener against the Cowboys



It was quite a weekend for Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stafford, and the game against the Dallas Cowboys was just a small part.

Stafford happens to be the nephew of longtime NFL wide receiver Cris Carter, who was among those inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. Head Coach Joe Philbin allowed Stafford to attend the induction ceremonies Saturday night.

Stafford had one catch for 3 yards in the Dolphins’ 24-20 loss, a fourth-quarter grab that set up the final touchdown of the game.

“It was a blessing to actually have my uncle being inducted into the Hall of Fame and me playing in the Hall of Fame Game,” Stafford said. “It was a great atmosphere. My family was all here. It was a great experience overall. Proud to be with my family and today to be able to showcase my talents in front of them was a great feeling.”

## Miami was designated as the visiting team and wore its new aqua jerseys for the first time this season.

## John Denney, Paul Soliai and Ryan Tannehill served as Dolphins game captains.

## The following players were scratches for tonight’s contest; CB Nolan Carroll, LB Michael Clay, WR Brian Hartline, G Lance Louis, RB Cameron Marshall, DT Jared Odrick, WR Rishard Matthews, DT Randy Starks, CB Jamar Taylor, RB/KR Marcus Thigpen, DE Olivier Vernon and WR Mike Wallace.

## With tonight’s loss Dallas now lead the overall preseason series 6-2. The Dolphins last beat the Cowboys in 2011 (17-3 at Miami).

## The loss dropped the Dolphins’ record in Hall of Fame Games to 0-4. The Dolphins also lost in 1978 (17-3 vs. Philadelphia), 2001 (17-10 vs. St. Louis) and 2005 (27-24 vs. Chicago).

## Miami’s three quarterbacks, Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and Pat Devlin combined for 335 passing yards. Devlin finished the game with a 106.6 quarterback rating.

## Miami outgained Dallas by 155 yards (421-266).

## Thirteen different players caught passes for the Dolphins, led by Chad Bumphis’ five receptions.

## Kyle Miller from nearby Elida, Ohio, caught three passes for 35 yards and one touchdown. ## Rookie free agent Keenan Davis caught his first professional touchdown pass in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard reception from Pat Devlin.

## Derrick Shelby recorded Miami’s first sack of the preseason in the first quarter. He added another in the second quarter for two in the game. The second-year defensive lineman from Utah recorded one sack as a rookie in preseason last year.

## Tristan Okpalaugo had the other Miami sack. It came on a play where he forced a fumble by Dallas quarterback Alex Tanney, although it was recovered by the Cowboys.

## Kelcie McCray led Miami with four tackles.

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM

Head Coach Joe Philbin: “I didn’t think we tackled very well as a football team. Again, I can sit here and tell you we do tackling drills every single day at practice, we just didn’t tackle very well.”

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill: “It took us a little while to get going and that’s what not the way we wanted to go. We want to get off to a fast start, move the ball early and we didn’t do that.”

Defensive end Derrick Shelby: “The rushing end of it went pretty good, but in the run game I kind of let a couple get out on me, so there was some give-and-take with how I played tonight.”

Running back Lamar Miller: “We can only get better. We had a couple of mistakes that we left out there on the field and we’ve just got to come out and correct on the mistakes.”

Running back Jonas Gray: “I’m still knocking off a little rust. I haven’t played since November of 2011, but it felt good. One of the key things that Coach Philbin is looking for is guys playing with detail and guys playing fast. I think I played pretty fast. I’ve still got to take care of the detail part. I’m slowly getting there. Back to the drawing board, take the constructive criticism and get back out there ready to play. I know where I’m at now and I know where my ceiling is.”
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