Ezukanma Shined For Dolphins Against Raiders

Erik Ezukanma Shines, Proves Worthy Of Playing Time

Dolphins Head Coach Mike McDaniel had to be pleased seeing Erik Ezunkama shine against the Las Vegas Raiders Saturday night
Dolphins Head Coach Mike McDaniel had to be pleased as this year’s fourth round pick Erik Ezukanma shined against the Las Vegas Raiders Saturday night. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images
Erik Ezukanma made a number of plays for Miami in the Dolphins loss against the Raiders Saturday

Last weeks offensive star Skylar Thompson, found a connection with this weeks, Erik Ezukanma. Ezukanma shined for the Dolphins in their 15-13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders with 6-114 receiving, including a spectacular one handed catch.

Ezukanma’s spectacular one-handed catch against the Raiders

Thompson also found Ezukanma for a 26 yard gain. Thompson also led Miami’s only touchdown drive of the night, which was capped off a 19 yard screen pass to Zaquandre White. Thompson’s 9-10-129-1-0 left analysts wondering if he will make the 53 man roster as the third string quarterback.

Tua Starts And Running Game Struggles

Tua Tagovailoa started for the Dolphins, played two series, and had a solid drive. His one throw in traffic to tight end Mike Gesicki might have been a bit of a miscommunication, but otherwise Tua had a decent night. Teddy Bridgewater had a couple of nice throws but was the one Dolphins quarterback who struggled a little at times.

The running game again could not get going for the second straight week. Miami rushed for just 18-37 against Las Vegas. It still is a work in progress for Head Coach Mike McDaniel in trying to implement his wide zone offense.

Defense Was Fine And Appeared To Dodge More Injuries To CB’s

The Dolphins defense gave up very little, outside of the first drive, and covered better than against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The runs the defense allowed were scrambles to Raiders fourth string quarterback Chase Garbers. Miami also gave up a 36 yard run to Brittain Brown that sealed the game.

The Dolphins dodged several bullets when three corners left the game with injuries. Nik Needham, Mackenzie Alexanader, and Keion Crossen all had to be tended to by the trainers. Thankfully none of the three injury reports appeared to be serious. With Byron Jones still out, at least until week one of the regular season, the health of Miami’s cornerbacks is vital.

Grade For Dolphins Second Preseason Game

The Dolphins defense, outside of the first drive, was the best unit for Miami. The passing game looked better for the Dolphins, as Ezukanma shined, along with Thompson, but the running game has to be the focus for Miami the rest of camp. Jason Sanders also missed the game winning field goal from 46 yards, although he did hit a 57 yarder. Overall the Dolphins receive a C+, the same as last week. The Dolphins wrap up their preseason next Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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