Miami Dolphins: 5 Snap Conclusions vs. L.A. Chargers

Charles Harris was on the field nearly half of his first game. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

  1. Julius Thomas (65 snaps, 96 percent). Thomas dominated Miami’s snaps at tight end as Anthony Fasano and MarQuies Gray, strong blockers, totaled only 19 snaps. Thomas had three catches (on three targets) for 26 yards and was Jay Cutler’s fourth most common target, which figures to be the case throughout this season.
  2.  Anthony Steen (46 snaps, 68 percent). Steen started and then rotated with Jesse Davis, who played 22 snaps. Neither offensive lineman jumped out as particularly terrible, which is a victory for the Dolphins. It makes sense that Davis might get increased reps as the season goes on, due to his higher ceiling.
  3. Alterraun Verner (0 snaps, 0 percent). After competing with Byron Maxwell for the starting position in the preseason, Verner oddly didn’t play a single snap at corner. Maxwell played 55 snaps and seemed solid, as the Chargers actually went after Xavien Howard, who was targeted a league-high 13 times, according to Pro Football Focus. In general, the Dolphins defense gave up too many passing yards on Sunday.
  4. Jordan Phillips (21 snaps, 36 percent). Phillips started but rookie defensive tackle Davon Godchaux actually saw the field more often, 32 snaps to 21. Ndamukong Suh and William Hayes seemed to perform well along the Dolphins defensive line. It will be important for Phillips and/or Godchaux to raise their level of play for Miami to reach their defensive potential.
  5. Charles Harris (27 snaps, 47 percent). Harris actually played more in his debut than may have been expected, and had at least one pressure on Philip Rivers. Harris played more snaps than William Hayes (25), Phillips, Vincent Taylor (3) and Terrence Fede (none). Harris seemed to play inside more than may have been projected, considering he’s not a heavy load at 25 pounds. It’s going to take some time for Harris to learn the best ways to prevent his side of the field from being vulnerable to the run.

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