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The Splash Zone 8/26/17: Should Dolphins Be Concerned With The Defense?

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The Dolphins defense did not look that great against the Philadelphia Eagles. There were missed tackles, blown assignments, and it seemed like the Eagles were constantly converting for first downs. This may sound similar to last season because’s basically the same thing that was happening last year. Yes, it’s preseason and Matt Burke isn’t going to show all his formations, but should we be concerned about the defense since it’s allowed 89 points in three games?

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Should Dolphins be concerned with their preseason defense?
It will be vital for Miami's defense to hold up its end early in the season as the offense gets acclimated with a new quarterback.

Dolphins Quarterbacks

Adam Gase: Jay Cutler’s pocket presence coming back pretty quick – ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins had quarterback Jay Cutler in the lineup for the second time on Thursday night and he showed that the deep ball could be a productive tool for the offense this season.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker: I have ‘connection’ with Jay Cutler | The Daily Dolphin
PHILADELPHIA — There's a sly grin on the face of Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker that lets you realize he thinks there will be more of these 72-yard-or-so catches from Jay Cutler this season.

Dolphins Offensive Line

Dolphins' Pouncey emerges healthy from first game action since November | Miami Herald
He wasn’t on the field long Thursday, but Mike Pouncey believes he got enough quality reps in that he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season.

Dolphins Defense

Breaking down the many things that went wrong for the Miami Dolphins’ defense | The Daily Dolphin
They gave up 38 points in a preseason game. They allowed 25 first downs. There were missed assignments and missed tackles. If all that weren’t alarming enough for the Dolphins, who left Philadelphia 38-31 losers in the dress rehearsal game, there’s more.

Dolphins Defensive Line

Ndamukong Suh says Dolphins defense “in good place” despite rough week | The Daily Dolphin
PHILADELPHIA—Coming off a rough season defensively, the Dolphins haven’t done much this preseason to indicate things have changed. This week was particularly rough, with the Eagles shredding them in two joint practices and putting up 38 points in Thursday’s preseason game.

Dolphins Secondary

Not a good luck: Dolphins teammates ripping teammates on the field | Miami Herald
PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe Reshad Jones was turning to teammate Byron Maxwell to encourage him after a failure. No, that’s not it.

Dolphins Special Teams

Battle brewing for Miami Dolphins' punter job - Sun Sentinel
Rookie punter Matt Haack has outperformed veteran punter Matt Darr during Miami's three preseason games

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 8/25/17: Dolphins Fall To Eagles 38 - 31 - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Dolphins DeVante Parker, Jay Cutler discuss 72-yard pass against Eagles - The Phinsider
Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in a 38-31 shootout. the game featured 728 yards of total offense, with 52 points scored in the first half. Dolphins quarterback J...

Preseason PFF Ratings are Less Worthwhile than Preseason Games - The Phinsider
And there is a fairly simple explanation for that...

Miami Dolphins Draft Prospects 2018 - Offensive Line Preview - The Phinsider
Throughout the season, we will take a look around college football and break down potential prospects for the Miami Dolphins.