Dolphins' rookies coming up big during Miami's surge

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There are many reasons why the Dolphins have transformed from unwatchable to unbeatable over these past four games, all of them wins. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is healthier and as accurate as he’s ever been. The run game has made big strides. The defense is allowing 11.5 points per game during the streak.

And the rookies aren’t playing like rookies — as evidenced by the big things that Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips and Jevon Holland all did Sunday in Miami’s 33-10 カロライナに勝つ.

We really enjoy each other’s presence and company,” Phillips said. “I think we have a really close-knit group. A bunch of great guys on and off the field.

Consider what the trio did Sunday:

— Phillips had three sacks, the first Dolphins rookie to do that since Marco Coleman in 1992.

— Waddle’s 137 receiving yards against the Panthers was the second-highest game total by a Miami rookie ever, behind Terry Kirby’s 148 に 1993.

— Holland got his second interception of the season. His first two picks as a pro have victimized Houston’s Tyrod Taylor — who has the second-lowest interception rate in NFL history — and now the 2015 league MVP in Carolina’s Cam Newton.

They’ve had a minicamp, then a training camp, そしていま 12 weeks of regular season. If they were all still in college, their seasons would be just about over at this point. 何とかして, フィリップス, Waddle and Holland seem to be peaking now instead.

It says that they’re working hard. It says that they’re taking advantage of their opportunities,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said.

The next five games, he cautioned, will be the biggest challenge for the rookies. It now becomes the longest seasons of their lives, and obviously has them against players who are a tad better than what they lined up against during their school years.

They’ve gotten better,” Flores said of the rookie class. “I’m confident that they’ll continue to get better because they’ll continue to put the work in. They’re all sponges. They want to get better, they want to learn, they want to improve, they want to help our team.


タゴヴァイロア. He’s completed 27 passes in each of his past two games, hitting on 82% 11月. 22 against the Jets and 84% this past Sunday against Carolina. Those numbers — at least 27 completions with at least 82% accuracy — have been reached in back-to-back games only once before, by Peyton Manning in 2013. Expand the completion percentage to 80%, and only Kyler Murray (earlier this season) and Drew Brees (2018) get added to the list.


Untimely sacks were an issue early on Sunday, with a pair of third-down breakdowns stopping drives. But in fairness, after a 23-point win in which Miami held Carolina to under 200 ヤード, finding big issues to point fingers at is a bit nitpicky.


防衛. All of it. The three interceptions (including another by Xavien Howard, 誰が持っている 25 picks in his past 49 ゲーム) were one thing. But holding Carolina to 10 first downs — seven in the first 57 minutes — was simply stellar.


Austin Reiter’s bad snap late in the first half was costly; it took away a chance at Miami points and gift-wrapped a Carolina field goal that cut the Dolphins’ lead to 21-10 at the break. 全部で, four fumbles for Miami on the day and some rough QB-center exchanges won’t look pretty on film.


Flores said C Michael Deiteris working his butt offto get back on the field this week. The Dolphins are still in wait-and-see mode on the status of WRs DeVante Parker and Will Fuller.


3 — That’s how many teams in NFL history have started 1-7 and then gotten to 6-7, a club the Dolphins will try to join this week. ザ・ 2004 カロライナ・パンサーズ, 1987 Los Angeles Rams and 1974 ニューヨークジェッツ (who got to 7-7 in what was then a 14-game season) also pulled off the feat.


Miami’s three-game, month-long homestand continues Sunday when the Dolphins play host to the New York Giants (4-7). It’s the Giants’ third trip to Miami in the past 25 季節.




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