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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Devante Parker came back with a vengeance to haul in 2 TDs and 74 receiving yards. He is 46 yards and 2 more TDs away from having a 1,000-yard season and double-digit trips to the end zone.
This is a stretch, but statistically, the running game produced 89 yards on 21 carries. If you add Fitzpatrick's scrambles they went for over 100 yards.
Miami had 5 receivers with a catch of 19 yards or more. You don't always see that with this anemic offense.
Miami picked off Eli Manning 3 times with Jerome Baker, Vince Biegel, and Nik Needham each recording an interception.
Where do I begin? Miami's secondary was absolutely shredded by Manning in the second and looked like they were mailing it in.
Atrocious tackling and being manhandled at the line of scrimmage allowed Saquon Barkley to off for 112 yards rushing and 2 TDs. Javorius Allen added another TD to rub salt in the wound.
Despite adding a few decent runs and doing a solid job pass blocking, Patrick Laird dropped two key passes and was brought down for a safety.
Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to learn how to slide. Not only did he lose a fumble on a brutal hit, he nearly cost himself potentially playing next season with the shot he took. Thankfully that crazy version of Fitzpatrick has mostly been reined in this year.
The offensive line. I am running out of ways to describe how poorly they have played. You almost feel bad because you know they are being set up to fail.
I mentioned Laird's safety and its worth noting again because he was dropped three yards deep in the end zone behind what is supposed to be a wall of blockers.
The defensive line was embarrassed. Couldn't stop the run, gave Eli all day to throw and were simply dominated by a bad team.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around yesterday. How do you intercept Manning 3 times, hold the Giants to 7 points in the 1st half, and then lose 36-20? Fitzpatrick completed some long throws and the backs sprung loose for a couple of nice runs but it was like the Dolphins of old where they looked great between the 20s. Putting up points...yeah that wasn't happening.
So much for making a statement and beating up on bad teams. Andy Dalton will be able to shred the secondary next week and make this game much closer than it should be. I guess the only good news is that if Miami loses out they'll probably end up with 2nd overall pick and the rights to Chase Young. Or if you love Joe Burrow then root for Cincinnati to beat Miami and upset Cleveland the following week which would give Miami the 1st overall pick. Honestly, I could see it happening because Cleveland is in turmoil right now.
Nice breakout game by Isaiah Ford catching 6 passes for 92 yards. He was a sleeper pick a couple of years ago and never really seemed to get his chance. Let's see some more this down the stretch.
Patrick Laird had some nice, long runs in the 4th quarter and a huge catch on the Dolphins' final drive. I doubt he's a feature back but he can run, pass and block well enough to be a serious contributor in the Miami rotation.
Andrew Van Ginkel came up with a huge sack in the 4th quarter that should have helped ice the game for Miami. On the next play, he got pressure on Sam Darnold yet again which helped force a bad throw. The refs bailed New York out with a questionable PI call.
Nik Needham, despite being tagged for PI at the end of the game, had himself another good day. He broke up a TD catch, made a bunch of tackles and was pretty solid in coverage.
Our weekly, redundant reminder that Miami's OL doesn't have a single, solid starter. Maybe if Jesse Davis kicked back in to guard I could change that comment, but this group will be overhauled in February.
Ryan Fitzpatrick's ball placement was bad. I don't care what the stat sheet says or that he did his best Michael Vick impression on a few runs, he cost Miami points with errant throws that should have been TDs.
Miami's No Name Secondary didn't have an overall great game. They're lucky Sam Darnold missed on a few throws to the end zone and were gashed by Robby Anderson.
The zebras deserved every bit of coach Flores's verbal tirade at the end of the game. In general, they make themselves too much a part of the game rather than letting the players play.
Hoping Devante Parker's injury is minor and that he'll be back on the field soon. He is one of the few bright spots this year.
I expected Miami to win this game with some momentum from the Philadelphia game. It is disappointing they could not muster up a better performance against a lousy Jets team. With only 3 games to go, it will be interesting to see if Coach Flores sticks with the "best players will play" theme or if we'll get a better look at some of the younger guys. Miami isn't getting the top pick so I'd still like to see them pull out a few more wins before we put this nightmare season to bed.