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Dolphins stock up - stock down at Panthers
March 15, 2019 02:47AM
The Miami Dolphins dropped their second straight preseason game on Friday , losing to the Carolina Panthers 27-20. While the preseason game do not count for regular season standings or playoff positioning, they continue to be important for the development of players and the team. After another frustrating game, where are the Dolphins looking up and where are they trending down? Stock UpMike Gesicki, tight end - The Dolphins are not throwing to their rookie yet, but they are having him block. Gesicki is going to be a red-zone target and a seam threat all season, but he needs to prove that he can be a competent blocker as well. On Friday, he started to show that he can do just that.Jakeem Grant, wide receiver - The Dolphins did not have DeVante Parker (broken finger) or Kenny Stills (ankle) available for this game, so Grant was thrust into the starting lineup and he played well. His route running looked crisp - even on the overthrown ball in the end zone, Grant was in the right position. After the game, head coach Adam Gase explained that play, stating, “Ryan [Tannehill] was just kind of thinking something else. Jakeem was right in what he did. Ryan just kind of lost it there for a second.” Grant looked like a player the Dolphins should be able to rely upon more this season.Robert Quinn, defensive end - The Dolphins’ free-agent addition was quiet in the team’s preseason opener Albert Wilson Jersey , but made noise on Friday. Looking more like the Pro Bowl pass rusher he was in 2013 and 2014, Quinn used his speed to record two sacks in the game. Pairing him with Cameron Wake should give the Dolphins a serious pass rush threat all season long.First-team offense - As a whole, the first team offense seems to be finding a rhythm, especially with the up-tempo, no-huddle attack. They have to figure out punching the ball into the end zone, rather than settling for field goals, but the team looks like they are going to be able to move the ball easily with both the passing game and the running game. Stock DownCordrea Tankersley, cornerback - The Dolphins offseason projected starter has struggled to find consistency all preseason. That continued on Friday, with the cornerback even calling the performance “terrible, straight trash,” according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. The Dolphins have already moved Tankersley back to the second team, and Friday’s performance did not push him back into starting contention.Penalties - Eight penalties for 69 yards. That is where the Dolphins ended the game, which was only one penalty more than the Panthers, but Miami continues to find ways to kill themselves on the field. First down? Nope Authentic Danny Amendola Jersey , because of a hold. Momentum building on the drive? Nope, because of a false start or delay of game. Miami needs to figure out this penalty thing quickly, because that could be the biggest hurdle they have this year.David Fales, quarterback - Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fales was 8-for-11 for 115 yards and looked like the easy winner of the backup quarterback position battle. Against the Panthers, he was 1-for-6 for six yards. The backup quarterback position battle will continue into Preseason Week 3.Lightning Delays A Case Of Ridiculous Overkill As of this writing, we are still waiting, after about three hours worth of delays, in two installments, for the Miami Dolphins to resume their game at Hard Rock Stadium against the Tennessee Titans. Three hours, as you’re probably aware, is about the length of a typical NFL game -- including halftime and all TV timeouts. Looking at the technical aspects of the phenomenon that we refer to as lightning, there are two basic types: cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground. While it’s obviously the latter that we’re concerned with, the presence of one generally results in the presence of the other. Here’s the problem Youth Frank Gore Jersey , though, at least as it relates to the likelihood, or even the possibility, of a lightning strike injuring a player or fan at a sporting venue like Hard Rock Stadium: because the Dolphins’ home stadium now has a roof affixed to the top of it, and because lightning almost always strikes the highest point in a given vicinity when it reaches the earth, it would be virtually impossible for a bolt to come down from the skies above Dade County, pass through the rectangular aperture in the stadium’s roof and strike a player or official on the field of play below.That’s number one; number two is that with the fans attending the game almost completely protected by the recently installed roof above the stadium, it would would be even more prohibitively unlikely for a bolt to descend from the sky above, pass through the opening in the roof over the stadium and then make an ‘L’ shaped turn and strike an unsuspecting fan who is sitting in the stands. In other words, it would have to be a pretty smart bolt to take that kind of electrical path. Any meteorologist would tell us that even if a bolt of lightning were to strike near the top of the stadium, it would, based simply on the laws of physics, hit the top of the superstructure that supports the roof, rather than passing through the roof and down onto the field or fan concourse below.Now , I understand that the league has to err on the side of caution in cases like this, and to be sure, about 35 people are killed every year in the U.S. by lighting. We can all agree that it would be absolutely catastrophic if someone were struck by an errant bolt of lightning from the heavens above, but this, to me, amounts to a case of ridiculous overkill on the part of the NFL. After all, if we’re worried about someone being injured or killed by a lightning strike, then, theoretically, couldn’t someone have died from hypothermia in the 1967 ‘Ice Bowl’ in Green Bay in the legendary championship game between the Cowboys and Packers?How about that AFC Championship game in January 1982, at Cincinnati, between the Chargers and Bengals? But then again, this isn’t 1967 or 1982, this is 2018 Cameron Wake Jersey , and in 2018, and what took place at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday afternoon is emblematic of our society today. When we come upon a fly, our reaction is to go and get ourselves the biggest, heaviest sledgehammer we can find and make darn sure we kill that fly.Since I don’t live in South Florida, and this game is not being televised in Chicago, I don’t know how close the storm was to the stadium, or how much lightning activity was actually taking place; I’d like to hear from our readers who were at the game or were watching it on television, and hear your thoughts on this.

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