Saturday the Miami Dolphins traveled to Hard Rock Stadium for their official scrimmage before their first preseason game on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons, and as expected, several of the team's veteran players sat out for precautionary reasons.
Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil just to name a few, but all of this is a wise precaution as the team has already lost too many key players to injury so far. While Jay Ajayi will eventually return from his concussion, it's unlikely at this point that Ryan Tannehill will play in 2017, especially if the team goes through with signing Jay Cutler.
So with several players sitting, others got the opportunity to try and shine in front of a plethora of Dolphins fans (and one Jets fan that I saw on the way out), and here is what caught my eye.
Matt Moore rollercoaster ride
As I stated in the last report, and as everyone knows by now, Matt Moore is an up and down quarterback. He is really good or really bad and there's no telling when things will flip-flop with him. It happened again during the scrimmage, as Moore threw a touchdown and a pick-six to Xavien Howard, who jumped a route and cut off the pass intended for DeVante Parker.
After that it was all Brandon Doughty and David Fales, who each had their own struggles, but Moore - until Cutler signs - is the starter, and we have to evaluate him as such.
His gunslinger mentality will likely manifest itself more solidly when the bullets are live and a different team's defense is facing him, but for now, we'll have to hope that Moore can find a way to use his gunslinger mentality while still avoiding ill-advised passes.
Jakeem Grant is a confusing case
As much as I'm rooting for the miniature wide receiver from Texas Tech, I cannot help but acknowledge that his inability to properly field kicks and punts is greatly hindering his chances of making the roster for a second year in a row.
But as I was writing this section, a thought occurred to me that prompted me to change the message a little bit. While Grant is indeed having problems fielding kicks, which arrive above him, he has been solid catching passes as a wide receiver, and that could be his ticket.
Grant's speed and ability to avoid defenders (when he can keep his footing) is unique, but it's possible he just won't be able to get the hand-eye coordination he needs to field punts...but if he can be used in a Darren Sproles-like role (which I have been begging for forever), then that would allow the Dolphins to still use his skillset while allowing someone more sure-handed to take care of the returning duties.
While I would like to say it was an exciting day of scrimmage, the truth is it was underwhelming. Malcolm Lewis shined once making a nice catch (and then he had to go to the locker room), Vincent Taylor broke through the offensive line and got a would-be sack on David Fales, and of course Xavien Howard made an impressive interception off of Matt Moore.
But other than that, there was very little to report. The news is fully invested in any incoming information about Ryan Tannehill and the talks between the franchise and Jay Cutler. Until we get some kind of answer on those situations, there really won't be much to do.
This upcoming Thursday, the Dolphins will face off against the Falcons in their first preseason game, and hopefully by then we'll have a better idea of the direction the team is going to go in.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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