Dolphins-Raiders Preseason Home Opener Observations

Dolphins-Raiders Preseason Home Opener Observations

Published August 21, 2022
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— We’ll start with the lineup, which this time included starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and also was supposed to include Tyreek Hill until Mike McDaniel had a late change of heart. Raheem Mostert and Melvin Ingram also were late scratches. As we expected because they missed practice time this past week, Jaylen Waddle, Terron Armstead and Eric Rowe were among the most notable players kept out, as was cornerback Xavien Howard.

— The opening drive by the Raiders with Jarrett Stidham at quarterback eas depressing for the Dolphins, who gave up a 75-yard touchdown march that included a fourth-and-4 conversion and an 18-yard pick-up on third-and-4 when Keelan Cole easily beat Noah Igbinoghene on a slant.

— The bright spots on that first drive came courtesy of Zach Sieler, who had a sack up the middle and a tackle for loss by Andrew Van Ginkel, who later failed to maintain the edge on a jet sweep that went for 7 yards.

— The Dolphins’ first drive wasn’t overwhelming, though it did feature a third-down conversion when Tagovailoa had great protection and was able to eventually dump the ball off to Chase Edmonds for a 17-yard gain.