Preseason Game 2: Final Thoughts

The Dolphins' preseason game against the Jaguars was delayed for almost two hours because of lightning in the Jacksonville area, but it was worth the wait when it comes to the first-team offense. After a shaky start, that group was borderline spectacular against Jacksonville.

The two guys who stood out clearly were Chad Henne and Brandon Marshall, although you could add to the list tight end Anthony Fasano with his two touchdowns.

Let's get it out of the way, Marshall did have another drop against the Jaguars, but he almost made an outstanding catch on a long pass by Chad Pennington and his blocking was superb.

In fact, on Fasano's first touchdown, Marshall took care of two defenders downfield.

Henne, meanwhile, threw only four incomplete passes and three of them were drops -- the one by Marshall, and others by Brian Hartline and Ricky Williams. Hartline, incidentally, has dropped a pass in each of the first two games, so maybe we should hold off on this idea that he's the front-runner to start opposite Marshall.

Davone Bess made a nice low catch in the rain on Saturday night and so far he's clearly outplaying Hartline.

Back to Henne, he looked as good as you could hope after a terribly ho-hum preseason opener against Tampa Bay. He led two touchdown drives, while Pennington threw a touchdown pass to Ronnie Brown right before halftime in his only series of the game.

If ever there was any doubt -- and there really shouldn't have been -- it's Pennington who's your backup, not Tyler Thigpen.

Defensively, it was another less-than-stellar effort for the Dolphins' young cornerbacks, especially Vontae Davis. Both he and Sean Smith gave up long gains to Mike Sims-Walker and Davis was victimized in coverage a few times.

His tackling, though, was outstanding as always.

Also badly struggling was rookie corner Nolan Carroll, who was beaten for Jacksonville's first touchdown and was called for a pass interference that set up the Jaguars' second TD.

Another area of concern was the special teams, which saw Brandon Fields get a punt blocked for the second consecutive game and the kickoff coverage units give up one long return after another.

But all of the negatives were overshadowed on this night by the work of Henne and Marshall.


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