Not bad. Jevon Holland is going to be another turnover machine for us in the mold of Xavien Howard. Phillips is still being worked into the lineup due to coming off an injury which kept him out of practice for several weeks. I'd like to see him at DE rather than LB, but the coaches should know what they're doing with him. This looks to be a good rookie class if Phillips can get things going.
Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) wrote:
▪ Linebacker: Rookie Jaelan Phillips played only 22 of Miami’s 75 defensive plays — slightly less than Brennan Scarlett’s 26 — and rushed the passer on 20 of those snaps, producing just one pressure. The Dolphins used Phillips several times in pass coverage in the preseason finale against Cincinnati but opted not to do that Sunday.
▪ Rookie Jevon Holland played 24 snaps — mostly in dime situations — and forced a fumble that New England recovered. He wasn’t targeted in pass coverage, and PFF rated him the Dolphins’ second-best defensive player on Sunday, with Ogbah first and Howard third.
▪ Liam Eichenberg, making his NFL debut at his college position (left tackle), committed two penalties and appeared to allow one sack after tripping on Kindley’s leg. Right guard Robert Hunt graded out best in pass blocking.
▪ Durham Smythe played 38 offensive snaps, compared with 21 for Gesicki. With Adam Shaheen unavailable, rookie Hunter Long played nearly as much as Gesicki (18 snaps), and competent blocker Cethan Carter logged 13 snaps. Gesicki assuredly will have a larger role in future games, but the Dolphins were more comfortable going with a Smythe/Long combo in late-game running situations.
▪ DeVante Parker played 45 of Miami’s 54 offensive snaps and Jaylen Waddle logged 43; both were targeted six times and both caught four passes.
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