YOUNG RECEIVERS SHINE

As is always the case in preseason games, individual performances were more important than the final score when the Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons Friday night.

As has been the case throughout the summer, a couple of the young wide receivers were among those who stood out.

J.R. Tolver caught two passes, a 16-yard touchdown catch followed by a 25-yard reception, while Sam Simmons had a tremendous 51-yard punt return in the second half on a play where he showed tremendous quickness right after fielding the punt.

Another player who stood out Friday night was running back Robert Edwards, who really needed a good outing in his quest to make the final roster.

Edwards was the only Dolphins running back who had any kind of consistent running the ball, as he finished with 60 yards on 14 carries.

Charlie Rogers also did some good things. He had a couple of nice plays out of the backfield late in the first half and also had a nifty 30-yard punt return.

Nobody on the offensive line really stood out, although Wade Smith looked like he had another solid outing.

Defensively, Jason Taylor had a sack on a play where he just blew by Falcons tackle Bob Whitfield; and Terrell Buckley and Alphonso Roundtree both had interceptions.

Jay Fiedler had a respectable night at quarterback, but most of his throws were short.

The offensive line did not open any holes for Ricky Williams, who carried nine times for a pitiful minus-1 yard. Travis Minor didn't fare much better, with five carries for 6 yards.

In the kicking game, Kevin Stemke nailed his only punt for 47 yards, while Mark Royals followed an 8-yard shank with a 50-yard boomer.

Olindo Mare made 3 of 4 field goal attempts, and his one miss was a 61-yarder at the end of the first half that was just short.

All in all, it was a good night for the Dolphins, although it still had the feel of a preseason game regardless of the fact it was the third one and the starters saw their most extensive action of the summer.

So it was good, but there clearly remains work to be done before Sept. 7.


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