The Miami Dolphins started slowly on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but came out of FedEx Field with the 17-10 victory. There were several things that frustrated fans during the game, but there were also some high points. This morning, we will hand out or Week 1 game balls.
There were a couple of offensive players who could be give this game ball, but we will give it to Jordan Cameron. The Miami tight end caught four passes for 73 yards on the day, including two receptions for 27 yards. After being nearly non-existent in the preseason, Cameron exploded into the Miami offense on Sunday. He played most of the game as the only true tight end for the Dolphins, following Dion Sims' injury, and he stepped up and showed exactly why he was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and why Miami went out to sign him when they knew they would not have Charles Clay return this year.
Reshad Jones was easily the best player on the Miami defense on Sunday. He was simply everywhere. He fell on the Redskins' touchdown pass, allowing an easy score, but other than that, Jones was outstanding. He was in on run support. He was in coverage. He was in the backfield. He was making tackles. Jones did everything. He recorded 12 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass defense on the day.
This is why Cameron was given the offense game ball. Jarvis Landry easily claims the special teams game ball, and, it could be argued, deserved the offense ball too. Landry scored the game-winning touchdown on a 69-yard punt return. He also recorded eight receptions for 53 yards, fighting for yardage every time the ball was in his hands. Just for the fun of it, he added one rush for 14 yards. Landry was a do-everything machine on Sunday, but his punt return will be the best remembered moment from the game, so he lands in the special teams section.
Rishard Matthews (4 receptions, 34 yards, 1 TD), Brice McCain (6 tackles, 1 INT), Brent Grimes (2 tackles, 1 INT), Matt Darr (4 punts, 54.2 yard average, 63 yard long, 1 inside 20)