Suffering their second shutout loss of the season this past Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins quite simply laid an egg in their 2017 primetime debut. Continuing the team’s cursed run against the Baltimore Ravens, Miami suffered an embarrassing 40-0 loss and looked completely outclassed for the entire duration of the game.
Looking to extract any positives from this past week’s matchup, it’s time to take a look and breakdown the performances of the Miami Dolphins rookies in their first primetime game of their still young careers.
Cordrea Tankersley — Cornerback
Week 8 Stats: 60 defensive snaps (92.3%), One tackle, One Pass Deflection
Another week, another solid outing from Cordrea Tankersley. While he was once again beaten on a deep touchdown pass, Tankersley did defend the pass to the best of his ability and just could not overcome a simply perfect pass from Joe Flacco.
Adding to his night, Tankersley did record a single tackle and almost intercepted a Joe Flacco pass that was thrown right at him on a cornerback blitz play. Overall, Tankersley has proven himself to be a steal of a mid-round draft pick and is someone I am quite excited to see develop over the next few years.
Charles Harris — Defensive End
Week 8 Stats: 49 defensive snaps (75.4%), One tackle, One QB Hit
Making his first start of his NFL career, Charles Harris once again showed some flashes of brilliance but once again failed to find the final product. Recording a single tackle and a QB hit while playing in just over 75 percent of the defensive snaps, Harris continues to underachieve in terms of raw stats.
However, Harris did show some playmaking ability in this contest. Chasing down Joe Flacco for his QB hit, Harris was just seconds away from his second NFL sack had he managed to tackle Flacco before he got rid of the football. Overall, Harris is a player with plenty of skill and ability. Right now, his main issue remains to be his lack of delivery when it comes to recording actual stats.
Davon Godchaux — Defensive Tackle
Week 8 Stats: 37 defensive snaps (56.9%), Four tackles
Recording a career high four tackles against the Baltimore Ravens, Davon Godchaux provided hope for continued development along this aging defensive line. Considering the fact that Godchaux recorded four times more tackles than fellow defensive tackle Jordan Phillips did during this game, it would not be shocking to see Godchaux continue to see more and more of the snaps at defensive tackle.
Chase Allen — Linebacker
Week 8 Stats: Five defensive snaps (7.7%), 27 special team snaps, Three tackles
Seeing the field for five defensive snaps during this contest, Chase Allen continues to impress in more ways than one. Between his quickness and ability to diagnose plays, Allen is quickly proving to me and many fans that he will be one of the best linebackers on this team in the years to come. Hopefully, the Dolphins coaching staff also sees this and continues to get him involved on defense.
Matt Haack — Punter
Week 8 Stats: Eight punts, 328 total yards, 41.0 average
What can I say. A week after praising Matt Haack for doing a solid to even good job, Haack turned in a dud of a performance against Baltimore. While the punter did gradually improve as the night went on, Haack’s position with the team could soon be in doubt if he continues to turn in performances like the one he had on Thursday night.
Vincent Taylor — Defensive Tackle
Week 8 Stats: 13 defensive snaps (20.0%), One tackle
Recording a blocked field goal against the Ravens, Vincent Taylor continues to impress me in his limited reps. Also recording a single tackle as a rest player for Ndamukong Suh, Vincent Taylor is someone that Dolphins fans need to keep an eye on if they believe the rumors that 2017 will be Suh’s last season in Miami.
Torry McTyer — Cornerback
Week 8 Stats: Three defensive snaps (4.6%), Five special teams snaps
Recording his first defensive snaps of the season for the Dolphins, Torry McTyer remains just a bubble player on this list. Unless Miami has another terrible performance lined up, McTyer remains a player that shouldn’t see the field all that often this season.
Week 8 Rookie Scratches: Isaac Asiata (G), Maurice Smith (S)
Dolphins Rookies on Injured Reserve: Raekwon McMillan (LB), Eric Smith (OT), Isaiah Ford (WR)