Final Scrimmage Observations

Tight end Anthony Fasano called Saturday's scrimmage a "glorified practice," but it still probably ranked higher than a regular practice while being less than a full-blown preseason game. That said, there were some nuggets to take from what we saw at Sun Life Stadium beyond the much-talked-about touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to the aforementioned Fasano.

-- Matt Moore really looked unimpressive on Saturday, although it must be pointed out he worked with the second-team offensive line and receivers and against the first-team defense. Still, it continued a summer where Moore has yet to show his coaches they should stick with him as the starting quarterback.

-- David Garrard said he was happy with his performance, but he had more favorable working conditions (working with the 1's against the second-team defense). Nobody threw any interceptions in the scrimmage, but that's only because Legedu Naanee bailed out Garrard on a poorly thrown pass by ripping the ball out of Nolan Carroll's hands to turn a sure interception into a 19-yard gain.

-- On the flip side, Garrard's first drive was stopped when Chad Johnson dropped a perfect pass on a slant on third down. Unless this becomes a pattern, there's no reason to sweat that drop. Johnson still looks good.

-- Speaking of Naanee, he sure looks like he's going to be a starter at this point. He's done nothing but impress this summer.

-- The Dolphins ran a few running plays, but no running back really stood out.

-- The same goes for tight ends, although Fasano added a TD catch from Moore in the goal-line drill.

-- On defense, sacks occurred when the whistle blew to stop the play because there was no tackling the quarterback, and Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick and Koa Misi all had sacks.

-- Misi had another nice play where he read a screen pass to Jerome Messam and tackled him for no gain. Misi is learning a new position as the weakside linebacker, but this kind of playmaking is something we haven't seen from him since he joined the Dolphins in 2010.

-- Reshad Jones' failure to hang on to an interception in the end zone (bad throw by Tannehill) was troublesome because it brings to light the fact the Dolphins haven't had playmakers at safety for far too long. The Dolphins have the makings of a really, really good defense, but it won't take that next step until their safeties start making plays.


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