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Pro Football Focus: Michael Thomas Capitalizes on Opportunity in Dolphins’ Loss

Reserve safety Michael Thomas performs well on a forgettable night for the Dolphins.

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

It is hard to point to the positives from the Dolphins’ 40-point loss to the Ravens, but Michael Thomas’ work in the secondary deserves a little bit of the spotlight. After Nate Allen left the game with a calf injury, Thomas managed to make some noise in the vacancy left behind.

For his work on Thursday night, the former Stanford standout received a grade of 90.6 from Pro Football Focus - the highest grade given to a Dolphins player. PFF’s analysis team had this to say about Thomas’ outing against Baltimore:

Thomas saw the most action of his season by playing 49 of 65 defensive snaps. He entered the game having played just 26 defensive snaps on the entire season. He was targeted just twice all game, with one coming on the Ravens’ two-point conversion attempt. Thomas broke up both passes, and also made a stop in run defense.

Pro Football Focus’ grades weren’t as kind to fill-in quarterback Matt Moore. The Dolphins were held scoreless against the Ravens, which led to a grade of 53.5 for Moore.

PFF summarized his performance with the following:

In a game where many people where expecting the Dolphins to come out of the game with a quarterback controversy, now many must be wondering how quickly can Jay Cutler can get back. Moore struggled when he wasn’t pressured, as he was kept clean on 76.1 percent of his dropbacks and he only completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 107 yards when kept clean. Tonight’s effort cannot be put totally on the offensive line.

To get the complete list of grades and analysis from Thursday's game, you can visit Pro Football Focus.