— We’ll start with the list of absences from each team, which was quite long. The Dolphins announced about 90 minutes before kickoff they would hold 17 players, but that was nothing compared to Tampa Bay, which announced 29 players sitting out. This is what happens in the preseason, particularly the first game of the preseason.
— Linebacker Duke Riley has been impressive in camp and he carried that over to the first quarter against Tampa Bay, teaming with Sam Eguavoen for a tackle for loss on a dump-off to Giovani Bernard and later stuffing Bernard for no gain on a run.
— Nice work by Preston Williams on his first punt return, not hesitating after catching a low punt near midfield and sprinting upfield for 13 yards to set up the Dolphins at the 38-yard line. It’s still probably not going to be enough to help his make the team, but his showing punt return ability can only help his trade value.
— Skylar Thompson, getting a big shot with Tua Tagovailoa out and Teddy Bridgewater serving as the backup on this night, looked good on his first drive, completing all four of his attempts. The best throw was a nice third-down completion to Cedrick Wilson Jr. for 11 yards on third-and-6 when he hit him near the right sideline.