HIGHS AND LOWS

As is the case with every preseason game, it doesn't matter nearly as much what the final score as it does who performed well during the game.

The Dolphins had their share of strong performances during the 27-23 loss to the Jaguars Friday night, starting with just about every specialist in the kicking game.

Start with Olindo Mare, who was 3-for-3 on field goals and nailed his kickoffs into the end zone with regularity.

Punter Mark Royals was back in action and had a good night as well, with a 46-yard kick with no return on his first effort.

New snapper Sean McDermott was perfect on every snap, which had to be good news following Ed Perry's season-ending knee injury.

Then there was the return guys. Charlie Rogers set up the Dolphins' first touchdown with a nifty 37-yard punt return up the middle. He also had a couple of good kickoff returns.

Sam Simmons replaced Rogers in the second half and did a very good, particularly on kickoff returns. He had a 47-yard return to set up the drive that ended with Leonard Henry's touchdown run.

Speaking of Henry, it was a good night for all three backup running backs — Henry, Robert Edwards and Travis Minor. All of them ran the ball well.

Of course, the offensive line had something to do with that, which brings us to left tackle Wade Smith.

He more than held his own against Hugh Douglas, making Douglas pretty invisible. It was a very encouraging performance for Smith.

On defense, nobody really stood out all that much. Among those who had some nice plays were LB Zach Thomas, DE Jason Taylor, DE Corey Callens, LB Devin Lemons, CB Alphonso Roundtree and DE Otis Grigsby.

On the negative side, the second-team defense couldn't do much.

There wasn't much of a pass rush once the starters left the game.

The Dolphins also committed a couple of costly penalties, including an offside on Maurice Anderson on a fourth-and-inches and a hands to the face call on Roundtree on the play that preceded Jacksonville's game-winning touchdown.


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