It was not a pretty game for the Miami Dolphins by any stretch of the imagination, but at the end of the day, they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-13 this past Sunday. The Dolphins started the game with an offense that could not stay on the field and a defense that appeared to never want to get off the field, yet Miami never trailed in the game. Who had their fictitious stock rise, and who had it fall? We give you our latest stock watch.
Stock Up: Reshad Jones, safety - After missing four games for a suspension caused by a drug policy violation, Jones is trying to make up for lost time, and a down year in 2013. On Sunday, Jones recorded a team high eight tackles, a sack, and a tackle for a loss. He seemed to be everywhere on the field and he looked good. If he can keep playing like this, Jones will look like the player that broke out in 2012 and earned the contract extension he signed after that season.
Stock Down: Brian Hartline, wide receiver - If anyone can figure out what is wrong with Brian Hartline, please let the team know. At one point, Hartline was the sure-thing in the wide receiver corps, now, he's a player who seems to drop everything that comes his way. Maybe Hartline is just trying too hard, wanting to make a play to prove he's not a lost portion of the new offensive scheme.
Stock Up: Cameron Wake, defensive end - Really, I could just write in Wake's name every week, and probably not even add an explanation. The All Pro defensive end is rated by Pro Football Focus as the number one 4-3 defensive end, a position he seems to hold every year. This weekend, he added another sack to his season total (5.5) as well as five tackles, all solo, and was once again around the quarterback seemingly every snap. Wake is a beast, and his stock rating trends up every week.
Stock Down: Charles Clay, tight end - Clay seemed to break out last week against the Chicago Bears, then disappeared again this week against the Jaguars. He finished the game with one reception for one yard on three targeted passes. His fellow tight end, Dion Sims, had two receptions for 51 yards. Clay is trending back down a week after giving fans hope he was ready to start dominating again.
Stock Up: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - Miami's offense was bad on Sunday, and Tannehill struggled in the first half. Nothing seemed to work, and there was no rhythm at all. Tannehill was sacked early, he was hit often, and he continued to get back up and get back to work. He did not have the greatest statistical day, but he was able to keep the offense moving until it did find its rhythm late in the game, leading to a Rishard Matthews touchdown reception and sealing them game. Not his best game, but a very important one in Tannehill's development.
Stock Down: Daryn Colledge, guard - I know he was dealing with a migraine headache and trying to tough it out. I had a migraine last week, and had to leave work early because I couldn't sit at my desk and look at my computer screen. There is no way I would be able to think about getting on a football field and try to block a 300 pound defensive tackle. Colledge allowed two sacks and a hit on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 10 snaps played before he was pulled. It was a rough day, but I really don't think Colledge's stock went down because of those 10 snaps. It was the way Dallas Thomas was able to come in and solidify the position that probably hurts Colledge's value.
Stock Up Honorable Mention - There are several players who deserved to make the list, but I did not put them into it for one reason or another. Safety Louis Delmas probably had the best game on the defense, with a pick six and a fumble recovers, as well as two tackles. Cornerback Brent Grimes added a pick six of his own, only allowed two receptions for 19 yards (0 yards after catch), and three tackles. Defensive end Dion Jordan was able to get on the field after completing his six game suspension, and looked good, recording three tackles and getting back into the defensive rotation. And, finally, punter Brandon Fields was able to start connecting solidly with the ball again this week and he averaged 51.0 yards per kick on five punts, with two inside the 20-yard line. All of them could have been in the three stock up positions, and they are all worthy of it.