Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
You aren't going to find any of these stats in the box score but that doesn't mean that there are players on the Miami Dolphins who aren't contributing. More specifically, Dion Jordan, LaMichael Jams, Dion Sims and Lamar Miller all have been making an impact in more ways than one.
On Monday, Joe Philbin talked about the impact that Jordan and James have made, especially on the offensive side of the ball. If you're wondering why Philbin was singling out Jordan on offense, it's because he lined up as tight end on Sunday in the red zone.
"As you know, we give a lot of thought to the 46 guys we want to bring to the game. We’ve seen some good things out of them, so we wanted to see if we could get an opportunity to get them into the game a little bit. I think (LaMichael) played four or five plays. It wasn’t a ton, I don’t think. Dion, it’s just something that we’ve been working on for a little bit of time. Again, just using everybody we can to score points.”
Bill Lazor pointed out the improved play of Dion Sims, noting that he was a better player on Sunday than the last time he was in the game for a substantial amount of time. Lazor has full confidence that Sims will only continue to get better. When talking about Lamar Miller, he didn't point out his rushing skills and the fact that he picked up 59 yards on 12 carries. Instead, he pointed towards the fumble recovery that lead to a Dolphins touchdown.
“It was a great effort on his part. It showed that he knows how to recover a fumble. How many times have you seen a guy jump on the ball in open space and seen the ball go flying. He did it exactly right. He hustled. I thought there was another play that would have been nullified by a penalty also where Mike Pouncey did the same thing on a possible turnover when they committed a penalty against us. I think our guys are playing with great effort. I love the way they play. I love their demeanor on the sideline. I love the fact that they are gaining confidence. We just have to translate it into victory in tight games and big games. Every way, we just need to translate it into victories, but the way they are playing, the way they are hustling, Lamar getting that fumble, that’s what makes you have fun coming to work knowing that you can work with these guys. I’m just of the belief it will only get better.”
The Dolphins will need more people to step up like this, even though it doesn't show up in the box score. If they do, it can only help the team and make everyone better.