Steve Mitchell

Dolphins Cowboys Defense and ST Preview

This week in the NFL will mark the second week of the preseason and will feature the match up between the Miami Dolphins, playing in Dallas against the Cowboys this Friday at 8:00 pm. How will the defense and special teams match up against Romo and company?

After a strong defensive showing against the New York Giants in which the Miami Dolphins held the Giants to only 10 points in the first quarter and then shut out the Giants for the rest of the game.

The Dolphins will look to do the same against a Dallas Cowboys team that scored 24 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Much like last week, you shouldn’t see the starters for the defense too often in this one other than maybe two to three drives. Who you will see are many of the backups and rookies not only trying to continue to make a name for themselves, but also players that made an impact last week will have to prove that they can consistently make impact after impact as everyone tries to solidify their spot on the roster.

Julius Warmsley, who recorded two sacks and one TFL (Tackle for loss) is someone to keep your eye on at the DL position as he looks to make a statement against a Cowboys line that only gave up two sacks against the Rams last week.

My prediction is that he gets two sacks again this week as he continues to grow and advance as a solid pass rusher on the defensive line for the Dolphins. While the offense and the defense performed nicely for the Dolphins last week. The special teams really showed some promise with Jakeem Grant looking to be the main returner throughout the preseason, returning both punts and kicks for the Dolphins. In the two kicks he got over yards 25 on each return, compared to the one eight yard return that fellow kick return man Griff Whalen got. Grant did well on his four punt returns averaging 15 yards for them with his best return being a 28 yarder. Not only did Grant get some nice returns from inside his own 20 yard line, but he also showed signs of being quite elusive combining both his speed and agility to make the defenders miss potential tackles.

Grant’s progression as a returner will also be something to look for against the Cowboys as he looks to become the new return man for the Dolphins should they promote current wide receiver/return man Jarvis Landry to full time wide receiver. With all the potential the players stated above have to offer the upcoming game will not only give them another to chance to shine, but it give others who perhaps under-performed or didn’t get a chance last week another chance to make an impact and try to secure a spot on the final roster. 



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