Miami Dolphins Roast Philadelphia Eagles in Preseason Finale

Miami, Florida – The games don’t matter (yet) but that didn’t stop the Miami Dolphins from crushing the Philadelphia Eagles 48-10 completing the preseason. Several players did not start including Jaylen Waddle and Xavien Howard but Tua Tagovailoa got some reps in during the first half. For many, this was their last chance in making a case to survive the roster reduction. Teams are due to trim their rosters to 53 by August 30th.

The finale turned out to be a very productive one for the Fins laying down the hurt. Skylar Thompson put up impressive numbers, completing seven of 10 passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Teddy Bridgewater also took snaps completing four of 10 passes for 74 yards.

Tagovailoa started the Dolphins’ opening possession with a bang, his first pass was a 51-yard connection to Tyreek Hill. He eventually hit River Cracraft for the 8-yard TD on a drive that lasted a smidge over two minutes. Tua completed six of seven passes for 121 yards. The defense played its part stopping the run on a fourth and one forcing the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs.

Miami kept on attacking scoring on their first three drives. Jason Sanders nailed the 55-yard field goal attempt and Sony Michel managed a one-yard TD rush. The D continued its dominance. Elijah Campbell, a guy hoping to secure a final roster spot, made a tremendous interception taking it to the house for the 30-yard pick-six. It was 27-0 by halftime.

The special teams unit committed a miscalculation early in the second half. Preston Williams fumbled the punt return giving Philly an excellent field position. Luckily for the Fins, the holding penalty nullified Philadelphia’s potential touchdown forcing them to settle for the 26-yard field goal. The Eagles got their first and only touchdown in the fourth quarter courtesy of Jason Huntley escaping the defenders for the 67-yard rushing TD. Regardless, the Eagles were roasted tonight in south Florida.

Last audition

So this is it. For a lot of guys, this may be the very last time they step onto a football field as a professional. Failure here potentially means the end of the dream. Not everyone’s situation will be the same, some will have options. Others won’t. Heading into tonight’s contest there were several position battles with a few observations. Noah Igbinoghene, for instance, had a quiet night. I don’t think he’ll make the cut. Conversely, Elijah Campbell’s INT should propel him into the 53-man roster.

Interestingly enough, Alec Ingold did not play today. He was expected to make his preseason debut, his first game since tearing his ACL back in November 2021. Speaking of injuries, Kader Kohou could nab one of the last cornerback spots. Kohou recorded three tackles tonight.

If there is anyone within the wide receiver corps that strengthened their position it was River Cracraft. Targeted seven times, Cracraft hauled down four for 54 yards and a score. Trent Sherfield, meanwhile, had one catch for 15 yards.

The battle between Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin has me wondering who is the better choice. Ahmed caught one pass for 28 yards and rushed for 30 on four carries averaging 7.5 yards. Gaskin had six carries for 39 yards. I’ll give the edge to Gaskin, barely. It’s now up to the staff to settle who goes and who stays. On a personal note, I really enjoyed this game because I essentially watched my two favorite teams the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. The former is what I grew up watching, the latter is all because of Donovan McNabb.

Tragic Loss

A very heartbreaking event was announced at halftime. The senior vice president, Jason Jenkins, died following a medical emergency. Jenkins, 47, was the right-hand man for owner Stephen Ross but he was also the face of the organization in its community outreach programs. There were rumors circulating within the press box prior to the kickoff but nothing was officially announced. There was hope it was some sort of hearsay or misunderstanding, however, it proved to be unexpectedly true.

In 2009 he was hired by the Dolphins followed by a promotion in 2015 to senior vice president of communications and community affairs. Prior to this, he worked for the San Francisco 49ers. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Jenkins. I can only imagine the pain they are feeling. I’m very sorry.

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