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  • Dolphins' Josh Rosen: Picking up steam in competition

    Coach Brian Flores said Friday that Rosen's strong play during Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars has made it "harder" to decide the Week 1 starter, Alain Poupart of the Dolphins' official site reports.

    Rosen relieved Ryan Fitzpatrick under center Thursday after the veteran logged three quarters of offensive struggles, and immediately made the most of his opportunity. The 22-year-old led a 99-yard touchdown drive and made a number of impressive plays using both his arms and legs, showcasing physical talent and savvy decision making. Fitzpatrick still seems to be the favorite to start Week 1, but Rosen has spent the preseason gaining momentum and could prevent the veteran the luxury of a long leash during the regular season.

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  • Dolphins' Ryan Fitzpatrick: Facing pressure from Rosen

    Coach Brian Flores said Friday that deciding the Dolphins' starting quarterback for Week 1 became "harder" after the team's third preseason game, Alain Poupart of the team's official site reports.

    Fitzpatrick started Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars, completing 12 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. The veteran signal-caller struggled to move the offense during the first half, but rallied to produce a touchdown drive in the third quarter capped by an 8-yard pass to Mark Walton. Josh Rosen then entered and compiled a 99-yard touchdown drive of his own, which featured a number of impressive scrambles and throws including a 39-yard connection to Isaiah Ford. Fitzpatrick has maintained a steady course for the Week 1 gig since minicamp, and may remain the favorite for the job, but it's not difficult to imagine a scenario in which Rosen lines up under center early in the regular season.

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  • Dolphins' Albert Wilson: Held out Thursday

    Wilson (hip) did not play in Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars.

    The Dolphins continue to play it safe with Wilson as he works his was back from major hip surgery. The team seems optimistic regarding the wideout's chances for Week 1 versus Baltimore, but it's worth noting that he has yet to resume 11-on-11 work. Preston Williams will be the major benefactor as long as Wilson remains sidelined, with Allen Hurns, Jakeem Grant (hamstring) and Brice Butler also seeing increased work.

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  • Dolphins' Mark Walton: Finds paydirt against Jaguars

    Walton had six carries for three yards during Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville, in addition to four catches for 20 yards and a touchdown.

    With Kenyan Drake (foot) sidelined, Walton saw work with the starters behind Kalen Ballage and made the most of his opportunity. The second-year pro brought in all four of his targets, and looks to have improved his chances of making the 53-man roster and locking up the No. 3 tailback job in Miami. It remains to be seen whether Walton will be suspended by the NFL due to his three 2019 arrests, in which case his chances at securing the reserve gig behind Ballage and Drake could be diminished.

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  • Dolphins' Allen Hurns: Not targeted Thursday

    Hurns played 30 snaps on offense during Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville.

    Hurns did not see a target during Thursday's exhibition match, but his 30 offensive snaps were the most among Miami's wideouts. The 27-year-old appears back to full health after suffering an ankle injury in the wild-card round of the playoffs with Dallas, and is now pushing for a depth role with the Dolphins.

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  • Dolphins' Kenny Stills: Logs one catch

    Stills caught one pass for 14 yards during Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville.

    Stills was on the field for just 21 snaps, all of which came with Miami's starting offense. The 27-year-old is expected to play a key role in the Dolphins' receiving corps and serve as the team's top deep threat. Due to his locked-in job, Stills is a candidate to see limited reps in Miami's final preseason game next Thursday versus the Saints.

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  • Dolphins' Preston Williams: Held without a catch

    Williams failed to bring in either of his two targets during Thursday's 22-7 win over Jacksonville.

    Williams' net stats aren't impressive, but it's worth keeping in mind that each of his targets came in the form of poorly-thrown balls by Ryan Fitzpatrick. On one target Williams beat Jalen Ramsey on a go-route but was unable to adjust to the overthrown pass. The undrafted wideout lined up with Miami's starting offense Thursday with both Albert Wilson (hip) and DeVante Parker (undisclosed) sidelined, and is making a case for a weekly role in the regular season.

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  • Dolphins' Ryan Fitzpatrick: Struggles during first half

    Fitzpatrick completed 12 of 18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in a little more than a half of work during Thursday's 22-7 win over Jacksonville.

    The final tally looks solid, but there was a point early in the second half in which Miami had more penalty yards than offensive yards. The poor first-half play led Fitzpatrick to return for the opening drive of the second half during which he connected with Nick O'Leary for a catch and run of 30 yards, found Mike Gesicki downfield for a gain of 29, and then dropped it off to Mark Walton for an eight-yard score. Excitement for that final drive will need to be tempered as it came against reserves. Fitzpatrick probably didn't do enough Thursday to garner too much confidence as the Week 1 starter, especially with Josh Rosen making some big throws in relief, but the veteran has been tracking toward a Week 1 start for months now and Thursday seemed to maintain the status quo.

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  • Dolphins' Josh Rosen: Shows promise in win

    Rosen completed five of seven passes for 59 yards and added 23 yards on four carries during Thursday's 22-7 win over Jacksonville.

    So much talk this offseason has been about how it's Rosen versus the veteran, Ryan Fitzpatrick, for the starting job. It was Rosen who showed some veteran savvy in his first drive, using a hard count to give his offense some breathing room when pressed against its own goal line. A 99-yard touchdown drive ensued, featuring a nifty 39-yard pass downfield to Isaiah Ford and scrambles of 11 and 14 yards by Rosen. Rosen only received three true drives of work with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing into the second half, but looked every bit like a young potential franchise quarterback. He's been behind Fitzpatrick all offseason and, despite the promise he showed against the Jaguars, it probably wasn't quite enough to change the equation too dramatically.

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  • Dolphins' Nick O'Leary: Makes big play

    O'Leary caught two of three targets for 35 total yards during Thursday's 22-7 preseason win over Jacksonville.

    The Dolphins hadn't done much of anything on offense entering the second half before Ryan Fitzpatrick dropped a short pass off to O'Leary, who chugged up the sideline for a 30-yard gain, helping set up Miami's first touchdown of the game. O'Leary -- from a pure athleticism perspective -- is going to have trouble beating out Mike Gesicki for the starting job, but he showed the ability at Florida State, and sparingly in the pros, to provide his quarterbacks with a reliable security blanket underneath. Though he's never put up big numbers in the NFL, he figures to be utilized better in an offensive scheme adept at using tight ends in mismatch situations.

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  • Dolphins' Mike Gesicki: Makes clutch catch

    Gesicki caught all three of his targets for 59 total yards during Thursday's 22-7 win over the Jaguars.

    Gesicki made the most of his opportunities Thursday, kickstarting the Miami offense with a 28-yard catch-and-run to set up the first of two second-quarter field goals and then slipping behind his defender for a 29-yard catch downfield on the way to Miami's touchdown drive to open the second half. The Dolphins are not short on potential at receiver, but Gesicki offers some unique athleticism at tight end and should play an intriguing role no matter who is throwing him passes. Offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, who has spent the past decade in New England, probably has an idea or two on how to use a tight end of Gesicki's skill set.

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  • Dolphins' Kalen Ballage: Bottled up by Jaguars

    Ballage carried the ball 12 times for 17 yards and lost two yards on two carries during Thursday's 22-7 win over Jacksonville.

    Six of Ballage's carries went for no gain or negative yardage Thursday as Jacksonville, especially rookie edge Josh Allen, routinely created havoc in the backfield against Miami's starting offense. Ballage, a favorite prior to the 2018 draft of running back's coach Eric Studesville, figures to carry the load this season alongside Kenyan Drake, who has dealt with a foot injury. Thursday showed, however, that no matter how many opportunities he might get, it will be tough sledding for Ballage if Miami can't do a better job up front.

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  • Dolphins' Kenyan Drake: Gets some jogging in

    Drake (foot) shed his walking boot Thursday and was spotted jogging, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

    Drake has been dealing with a foot issue that is not considered structural, so this nugget is a good sign for his chances of mounting an effort to be ready for Week 1. Until Drake is able to practice, however, Kalen Ballage will handle the Dolphins' first-team reps, with Mark Walton next up in the team's running back pecking order.

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  • Dolphins' DeVante Parker: Sitting Thursday's game out

    Parker (undisclosed) won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

    With Parker dealing with an undisclosed injury, he'll sit this one out, with an eye toward being ready for Week 1 action. If healthy, he'll join Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson atop the Dolphins' wideout depth chart heading into the 2019 season.

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  • Dolphins' Saeed Blacknall: Lands on injured reserve

    Blacknall (undisclosed) reverted to injured reserve Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

    Blacknall was waived/injured by the Dolphins with the unspecified injury, but he moves to IR after clearing waivers. The 23-year-old will be out for the season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

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2018 Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 108.6
(18th)
206.8
(28th)
289.9
(31st)
Def. 145.3
(31st)
258.8
(20th)
391.1
(29th)

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Drake RB Kenyan Drake RB Foot
K. Alonso OLB Kiko Alonso OLB Undisclosed
D. Parker WR DeVante Parker WR Undisclosed
R. McMillan MLB Raekwon McMillan MLB Undisclosed
A. Wilson WR Albert Wilson WR Hip - Labrum

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