MIAMI GARDENS — Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones was beaten by Oakland Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton on a 44-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
It was a tough night for Jones and a tough night for Miami’s defense, scorched by Derek Carr and the Raiders for 296 passing yards.
Jones took responsibility for the play.
“I shoved,” Jones said. “I kind of overran it. And the guy made a good play on the football.”
Jones said it was his play to make.
“Yeah, I was supposed to be shoving,” Jones said. “I wasn’t supposed to be that far, but yeah, I was pushing.”
What was clear was that Jones, one of the NFL’s top safeties, was simply beaten deep.
With the Dolphins trailing only 20-16 in the fourth quarter, Carr completed a key 3rd-and-6 deep down the right sideline to Seth Roberts for 29 yards.
Jones was also in coverage on the play. And to make matters worse, he committed an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play.
“The referee made the call, I don’t think it was unnecessary roughness, I thought he turned his head, got around, and I made a good play but the referee made the call so it is what it is,” Jones said. “I couldn’t have done anything different.”
Dolphins safety Michael Thomas said it was a wasted opportunity to win.
“Tackling,” Thomas said of the pass coverage woes. “We knew we probably could have covered the tight end a little better. Especially in that first half. Kudos to them. A couple of big plays in the passing game. Like chunk plays. We knew that’s where they make a lot of their plays at. And we had opportunities to make plays and didn’t make them. So that’s the difference of the game.”
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