Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
One of the things the Dolphins will need to do on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills is come out and quiet the crowd down. The crowd, which has been announced as a sell-out, is expected to be crazier and louder than usual with the news of the sale of the team earlier this week and the fact that the team will be staying in Buffalo. Jelani Jenkins realizes that the team must come out of the gates fast.
“You know you definitely want to come out fast. I think when you come out and start it off with great momentum like last week (when) we had a blocked punt there, which created a lot of momentum for us. When you can do that and put teams on their toes early, it makes it really difficult for them. We always want to try to start off fast and come out ready to play.”
Jenkins, who will start in the place of the injured Dannell Ellerbe due to Jason Trusnik moving over to the middle, understands that the defense will have their hands full with the Bills running backs and most notably, Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller.
“When you prepare for those guys, you’ve just got to look at both of their strengths, both of their weaknesses. They’re definitely two different backs and you’ve got to prepare for them both equally. They both have speed and they both are very powerful runners. We’ve just got to watch film and try to see if we can pick out different things that we can have a quick jump on in the game and play fast.”
“Jackson a savvy runner. He’s been in the league for a little minute, so he knows what he’s doing. You’ve just got to fall back on your fundamentals when times come like that. We’ve just got to work on our fundamentals, tackling, wrap up. You definitely taking a note of the tools that they use and you prepare for it when the game time comes.”
If the Dolphins can prove they can stop the run game early in the game, it will force the Bills to abandon it and look towards the passing game, which the Dolphins can excel in while frustrating EJ Manuel.