Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
The Miami Dolphins went up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night, and Pro Football Focus has since posted their grades for the game. Here's what they said about the Miami Dolphins players.
Dallas Thomas, as expected after his performance on Saturday, graded very badly with a stunningly low score of -9.4 as he allowed three pressures and committed two penalties over 49 snaps as he was thrashed by Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on almost every play. Thomas had been getting praise from head coach Joe Philbin over how much he'd improved over the offseason and training camp, but Saturday's performance seems to suggest that he's still not ready.
Will Davis got a very high score though, he finished with an overall grade of +3.5 and allowed only four yards on the three times he was targeted in the game, including one pass defensed and one penalty that was very questionable that took away a second pass deflection. He's currently rated as the top corner in the entire NFL, and so far he's showing off that play-making talent that he has in him, he just needs to work on his consistency.
Ja'Wuan James was given a positive pass-blocking grade of +2.0 and he's showing that he can definitely do well protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. His issue remains run blocking. He'll have to get better at providing the necessary push to give the RBs room to run without getting caught with a holding penalty or getting beat.
Chris McCain came in as a relatively unknown project player who was suspended in college which caused his draft stock to drop enough to make him a UDFA. Ever since he arrived however, he's been making a case that he should become a starter on this team sooner rather than later. He generated two quick hurries late in the game Saturday with a speed rush and made two stops in the running game for an overall grade of +4.1.
Those are the biggest things to take away from PFF's grading of Saturday's game, but always keep in mind that numbers don't always tell the whole story. So don't take these numbers as the gospel, remember to do homework and come to your own conclusions.