A good step forward

The Dolphins might have dropped a preseason game for the second week in a row, but there's reason to feel a lot better about the team after this game. That's because the team actually had some bright moments, unlike last year's atrocity against Washington.

The biggest steps were taken on offense, starting with the quarterbacks, all the way to the offensive line.

Both Jay Fiedler and A.J. Feeley had some nice throws against Tampa Bay, although Feeley probably got the better of it as he made the most of his more extensive playing time.

Fiedler didn't lead the Dolphins to any scores in his two drives, while Feeley led the Dolphins to a touchdown and field goal in five possessions.

The addition of Marty Booker already looks like it's going to help the offense. He caught two passes against the Bucs, and made a nifty catch on a pass that was thrown behind him.

The starting offensive line also improved over last week, although the right guard position remains a concern.

Running backs Travis Minor and Sammy Morris each had some nice runs, but there isn't much consistency in the running game at this point.

Defensively, the Dolphins got sacks from both Jason Taylor and Tony Brown, which was a good sign.

The one thing missing this preseason has been turnovers. The Dolphins have yet to create one on defense so far; the only takeaway they have came courtesy of a Bobby Sippio fumble recovery on special teams.

This was by no means a dominating performance by the Dolphins, but it was a major step in the right direction. And that's what the Dolphins needed more than anything following the disaster against Washington.


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