The Miami Dolphins enjoyed a 20-3 victory over the hapless New York Jets. Now it is time to sift through the offensive snap count, player stats, and PFF grades for the Dolphins. Let’s see how Coach Flores is handling the snaps for the offensive players and which players are making the most of their time on the field.
There was not much excitement either positive or negative for the quarterback position this week. Ryan Fitzpatrick took 100% of the snaps at quarterback. Fitzpatrick completed 24/39 passes for 257 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, and a 61% completion percentage. Fitzpatrick’s quarterback rating was 97.9. Fitzpatrick’s PFF grade was 64.9.
When not blitzed, Fitzpatrick graded at 69.4 and went 9/13 for 94 yards and 1 TD. When blitzed, Fitzpatrick’s grade fell down to 58.4 and he went 15/26 for 163 yards and 1 TD. Fitzpatrick graded the highest in passes between the numbers and within 0-10 yards of the line of scrimmage with an 88.4 grade. In these situations, Fitzpatrick completed 8/10 passes for 68 yards and 1 TD.
Fitzpatrick graded the lowest in passes to the outside left for over 20 yards, passes to the outside right between 0-10 yards from scrimmage, and passes between the numbers and within 10-20 yards from scrimmage with grades of 50.9, 55.3, and 53.9. In those three areas, Fitzpatrick went a combined 3/10 for 33 yards.
I am appreciative of Fitzpatrick and the kind of teammate that he is and his efforts when he plays. However, I hope that Tua is able to start against the Cincinnati Bengals.
There is not a lot of beauty to be found with this group. Miami’s offensive line has had many problems. The offensive line has struggled in pass protection as well as in run protection. However, it is clear that the Dolphins offensive line shows more hope in becoming a good pass protection team than they do a run blocking team.
The rookie second-round pick Robert Hunt took 100% of the snaps at right tackle due to the injury to rookie fourth-round pick Solomon Kindley. Hunt received the highest PFF grade of any Dolphins lineman with a 69.4 grade. The rookie had a pretty solid game. Hunt graded higher at pass blocking (75.3) than he did at run blocking (70.7). And, yes, you are going to notice this trend throughout all the grades of the Dolphins offensive linemen. Overall, I was not disappointed with Hunt’s play. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. But, Hunt remains a good building block for the Miami offensive line in the future.
Rookie first-round pick Austin Jackson took 100% of the snaps at left tackle. Austin received a PFF grade of 68.5. Like the other Miami offensive linemen, Jackson graded higher at pass blocking (68.3) than he did at run blocking (64.7). Jackson obviously has talent but is still struggling at times. Still, Jackson is just a rookie and his continued growth should pay off for the Dolphins next year.
Ted Karras took 100% of the snaps at center. Karras received a PFF grade of 65.8. Karras graded higher at pass blocking (75.6) than he did at run blocking (61.3). The Dolphins center was the highest-graded pass protector out of all the Miami offensive linemen. Which is great. However, Karras was dismal at run blocking. This was noticeable on plays like when Breida got stuffed up the middle and fumbled the ball.
Ereck Flowers took 100% of the snaps at left guard. Flowers received a PFF grade of 58.9. This was another tough game for Flowers. Flowers graded higher at pass blocking (69.2) than he did at run blocking (52.6). The pitiful run blocking leads to plays being stuffed on the inside. Flowers should be watched carefully for the remainder of the season.
Jesse Davis took 100% of the snaps at right guard. Davis received a PFF grade of 46. Davis graded higher at pass blocking (51.8) than he did at run blocking (42.3). Davis was rather awful in this game. The pressure up the middle on passing plays was immense. The complete lack of production on inside runs was obvious. At age 29 I do not see Davis suddenly blossoming into a better player. The Dolphins need to find an upgrade to this position during the offseason.
Adam Pankey got 4 snaps as an extra blocker. Pankey received a PFF grade of 59.2 Like the rest of the Miami offensive line, Pankey graded higher at pass blocking (64.9) than he did at run blocking (58.7).
Yes, the Dolphins are doing better at pass blocking. But, the pass blocking is average at best. The run blocking continues to be poor. There is no doubt that Miami needs more talent at the running back position. However, it is also evident that the offensive line is not doing much to open holes on a consistent basis for the running backs.
Coach Flores knew that the offensive line was a serious problem after the 2019 season. The Dolphins spent a first round, a second round, a fourth-round pick, and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft trying to upgrade their offensive line. The Dolphins then signed Flowers as a free agent. Yet, the offensive line still remains a weakness for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins need to look at getting more offensive line help for next year. How Karras, Flowers, and Davis play during the remainder of the season is going to drastically influence the off-season.
DeVante Parker got 94% of the snaps for a total of 67 snaps. Parker was targeted 14 times and had 8 catches for 119 yards. Parker received the highest PFF grade of any Dolphin in the Week 12 contest with the Jets. Parker’s PFF grade was 81.4
There really is not much more to say. Parker remains the Dolphins’ only real weapon on offense. Parker is basically THE wide receiver corp for the Dolphins at this point. The fact that Parker was targeted 15 times but only had 8 catches is more of a reflection of Fitzpatrick than it is of Parker’s catching ability. Fitzpatrick was slinging it to Parker even if the defender was practically in Parker’s jersey.
Mack Hollins got 66% of the snaps for a total of 47 snaps. Hollins was targeted three times and had two catches for 19 yards. Hollins’ PFF grade was a pedestrian 59.2.
Jakeem Grant got 34% of the snaps for a total of 24 snaps. Grant was targeted two times and had two catches for 15 yards. Grant’s PFF grade was an unremarkable 60.6.
Lynn Bowden, Jr. got 31% of the snaps for a total of 22 snaps. Bowden had one target and no catches. Bowden’s PFF grade was 55.2 which made him the lowest graded Dolphins wide receiver.
Antonio Callaway got 18% of the snaps for a total of 13 snaps. Callaway was targeted one time and had one catch for 7 yards. Callaway’s PFF grade was 64.7. Callaway is the most intriguing option at wide receiver. There is no doubt that Callaway has talent and potential. But, it seems that Callaway is still not comfortable with the Dolphins offensive system.
Malcolm Perry got 8% of the snaps for a total of 6 snaps. Perry was targeted one time and had one catch for 8 yards. Perry’s PFF score was the second-highest score of all Dolphins wide receivers at 76.1.
Fitzpatrick did not distribute the ball that even against the Jets. DeVante Parker accounted for 64% of the targets and 57% of the catches by wide receivers. The remainder of the wide receiver corp was targeted eight times and had seven combined catches. That’s right. Parker had eight more targets and one more catch than the rest of the entire wide receiver corp combined.
Further, the tight ends had a combined 10 targets and a combined six catches in the game. That is more targets than the entire wide receiver corps outside of Parker and just one catch less than the entire wide receiver corps. I understand that the Dolphins’ options are limited at wide receiver at the moment. However, Chan Gailey absolutely has to figure out a way to get more production out of the wide receiver corps than what we saw against the Jets. The Dolphins cannot rely on just Parker and score just 20 points and expect to have any success against playoff-caliber teams.
I would like to see Hollins gets fewer snaps and Bowden and Callaway some more snaps to see if they can give the offense more juice at the wide receiver position.
Mike Gesicki got 70% of the snaps for a total of 50 snaps. Gesicki was targeted five times and had two catches for 35 yards and 1 TD. Gesicki’s PFF grade was 62.7. Gesicki’s PFF Pass score was just a 59. I continue to be mystified by Gesicki. It is obvious that Gesicki has incredible talent and demonstrates this with some breathtaking catches. Yet, he seems to drop passes and also completely disappears from the passing game for long periods of time.
Having said that, Gesicki was the only Dolphins offensive player who scored well at run blocking. Gesicki got the second-highest pass-block grade of any Dolphins with a 73.7 grade. Gesicki had a 76.7 run block grade which was the best grade of any Dolphins and it was not even close.
Durham Smythe got 42% of the snaps for a total of 30 snaps. Smythe was targeted three times and had three catches for 19 yards. Smythe had a PFF grade of 62.3. Smythe’s passing grade was effectively tied with Adam Shaheen for the third-highest score of any Dolphins offensive player with a passing grade of 66.5.
Unfortunately, Smythe was abysmal in blocking. Smythe’s pass block grade was ab atrocious 36.4 and his run-blocking grade of 56.2 was the lowest grade for any Miami offensive lineman, tight end, or running back.
Adam Shaheen got 35% of the snaps for a total of 25 snaps. Shaheen was targeted two times and had one catch for 7 yards and 1 TD. Shaheen’s PFF grade was 63 making him the highest graded Dolphins tight end. Shaheen’s passing grade was 66.6.
While Shaheen continues to flash nice pass-catching skills, his blocking got poor grades. Shaheen received an atrocious pass-blocking grade of 20.5 and a run-blocking grade of 60.1.
I like both Smythe and Shaheen in the passing game. Smythe was great in snagging every pass that came his way. Shaheen scored a tough TD. But, their poor blocking grades are a concern. They both need to shore up their blocking. It is great to have tight ends who are a threat in the passing game, but blocking is a huge part of playing tight end at a high level in the NFL.
Gesicki continues to be curious. I think Gesicki could become a legit threat every time he is on the field. However, he needs to catch more balls that come his way. What is great is seeing how well Gesicki does with blocking. I love a tight end who is dynamic as a receiving threat who also still loves to do all the dirty work in pass and run blocking.
Chan Gailey needs to make sure that he involves Gesicki in the offense as much as possible. Also, when Tua Tagovailoa resumes his role as starting quarterback he needs to make sure to get Gesicki involved in the offense, too. It is obvious that Fitzpatrick does a better job of trying to feed Gesicki.
Matt Breida got 32% of the snaps for a total of 23 snaps. Breida rushed 8 times for 36 yards for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. Breida also had two catches for 17 yards. Breida’s PFF grade was a lousy 53.6.
It gets even worse. Breida’s run grade was an awful 50.7. Breida scored higher in the passing game with a pass grade of 62.3. The bright side of Breida’s play against the Jets is that he scored highly for his pass blocking with a grade of 72.4.
Patrick Laird got 14% of the snaps for a total of 10 snaps. Laird had one rush for 9 yards. Laird’s PFF grade was 40.4. Laird’s run grade of 47.6 is terrible but, to be fair, he only had a single rush and fumbled on that play. Lard’s pass grade was 54.9. Again, to be fair, Laird was not involved in the passing game. Much like Breida, the bright side is Laird’s pass-blocking grade of 77.8.
DeAndre Washington got 48% of the snaps for a total of 34 snaps. Washington had 13 rushes for 49 yards for an average of 3.7 yards per carry. Washington also had 2 catches for 11 yards. Washington’s PFF grade was just a 59.9. However, Washington received the highest run grade of any Dolphins running back with a 68.9.
The downside is that Washington’s pass grade was 40. Also, Washington was the inverse of Breida and Laird in terms of pass blocking. Washington got a 48.5 pass block grade.
I do not care what score PFF gave Washington. The fact is that Washington game into the game only because Breida and Laird both fumbled in the third quarter. That was a surefire way to Coach Flores to bench both backs. Washington entered the game in the 4th quarter with 13:24 left on the clock and the Dolphins leading 13-3. This was a point in the game where everyone knew the Dolphins were going to try and grind out the clock with their run game. Yet. Washington was still able to gain 49 yards for 3.7 yards per carry. That is not easy! And it also makes for an incredibly productive 13 minutes.
Having said that, Washington is not the answer for the Dolphins’ obvious running back woes. The Miami Dolphins must get more consistent production out of the running backs. There is no doubt that the Dolphins cannot have their running backs become a source of turnovers. The Dolphins simply do not have the offense capable of overcoming turnovers against quality NFL teams.
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