Miami Dolphins: 5 Snap Conclusions

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker, center, is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr, from left, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, free safety Lardarius Webb and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is tackled by four Baltimore Ravens in the second half on Sunday. Parker played through a back injury. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  1. Branden Albert (62 snaps,  100 percent). After the loss to Baltimore, Albert basically said he did the best he could against Terrell Suggs, one of the NFL’s top pass-rusher, despite playing with essentially one hand. Missing only two games was the best-case scenario for Albert after his wrist injury and the veteran fought hard, even though it wasn’t even pretty. Miami’s run game is much better with Albert and Laremy Tunsil in the lineup. Tunsil played the entire game despite a shoulder injury and had three penalties, but earned the respect of his teammates and coaches by also playing through pain and discomfort.
  2. DeVante Parker (49 snaps, 79 percent). Parker had three catches for 34 yards and one touchdown. Coach Adam Gase said after the game that Parker declared all week he would play and credited veterans Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills for encouraging him. It was unfortunate that Parker declined to speak with media after the game. But in general, playing through pain and discomfort was a very strong step forward for the second-year receiver.
  3. Kenyan Drake (10 snaps, 16 percent). Drake had more snaps than he has had since Weeks 2 and 3 of the NFL season. Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen noted that the time is now for Miami’s rookies to take a step forward. Coaches felt Drake needed to mature, reach peak condition and master all of his plays. At times, the Dolphins used Drake and Damien Willias in the backfield together, which could be an exciting combination. Drake had only one rush and one catch. But he may be more of a factor in the final quarter of the season.
  4. Ndaumkong Suh (63 snaps, 88 percent). The Dolphins have decided that Suh really isn’t a part of any defensive line rotation. He just checks himself out when he feels he needs to, which isn’t often. Suh topped 60 snaps for the eighth time this season. Suh had two tackles and one quarterback hit. Miami’s defense had a total of zero tackles for loss, which would seem unlikely to occur based on the skill and salary of Miami’s defensive front.
  5. Mike Hull (26 snaps, 36 percent). Hull had played two defensive snaps the entire season and showed excellent effort and some instincts when he came into the game for Kiko Alonso. Hull is a very good special teamer. And he might not have the size or speed to be an every down player. But in spurts, he has shown to be worthy of his NFL roster position. Hull had four tackles in 26 defensive snaps.


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