The Highlights and Lowlights

Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall both sat out the preseason opener at Atlanta, but they made their presence felt Friday night at Sun Life Stadium as two of the Dolphins players who stood out the most.

The highlights

• Bush finished the game with 81 yards of offense, but the numbers don't begin to do justice to just how impressive he looked. He ran decisively and with great quickness, and also made some nifty moves in the open field. In other words, he was everything the Dolphins are hoping he'll be in 2011.

• Marshall's performance was noteworthy because it was good to see Chad Henne look for him early and often. Marshall did his part by catching everything in sight.

• Speaking of Henne, he scrambled very well. That was good to see because it's something he's always seemed hesitant to do. He also showed much better accuracy than he did against Atlanta.

Davone Bess tied Marshall for game-high honors with five catches and he also showed great quickness in the open field — perhaps even more than usual.

• The blocking up front was much better than it was against Atlanta, with Bush and rookie Daniel Thomas having the benefit of some nice holes in the running game.

• On defense, the standout was Karlos Dansby. The linebacker was always around the ball in the first quarter.

• Backup linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis also showed up around the ball quite a bit during his time in the game.

The lowlights

• Tight end Anthony Fasano had a 38-yard catch to set up a touchdown late in the second quarter, but that came after he dropped a pass for the second consecutive week. As we've said before, Fasano isn't nearly enough of a game-breaker to keep dropping passes. This is getting troubling.

• By all appearances, rookie center Mike Pouncey had a good game in the blocking department, but his shotgun snaps leave a lot to be desired. Not one of his snaps hit the ground, but Henne had to reach high or sideways on every one of them, it seemed, and that did nothing for the timing on certain plays.

• Offensive tackle Lydon Murtha has drawn positive reviews this summer, but he had a bad night against Carolina. He was flagged a whopping three times in the game — once for hands to the face, once for holding and once for a false start. Ugh.


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