- Julius Thomas (43 snaps, 75 percent). Thomas scored a 2-yard touchdown on a shovel pass from Jay Cutler. Other than that, it wasn’t pretty. Thomas had 2 catches on 5 targets for 8 yards. The Daily Dolphin has seen enough. Fetch isn’t happening. A Julius Thomas renaissance isn’t happening. He’s not a good blocker. He’s not a good runner. He’s not a good pass-catcher. Other than that, how was Monday Night Football? In the second quarter, Thomas went out of bounds on a long third-down attempt. Cutler’s pass was underthrown but Thomas should have had a shot at it. Once again Cutler failed to connect with Thomas on a red zone try. It’s not happening.
- T.J. McDonald (75 snaps, 75 percent). McDonald led the Dolphins with nine tackles, but showed some rust. This is to be expected after he missed the first half of the season due to suspension. Defensive coordinator Matt Burke still has to figure out how to mesh McDonald and Reshad Jones, as both at times played deep safety. It seems McDonald is more likely to be in coverage. McDonald nearly had an interception, though the ball hit the ground. McDonald had a successful run blitz. He also delivered a big hit, although the receiver held on to the ball.
- Jesse Davis (57 snaps, 100 percent). Davis seemed quite comfortable at right tackle. In fact, he was hardly noticeable. It seemed he did a nice job, better than he had been at left guard. If Davis can hold up in place of Ja’Wuan James, that will ease a significant concern in the final seven games of the season. Davis is a massive man with decent feet. He just need more reps because he’s still learning the game and polishing his techniques. The Dolphins did not allow a sack on Sunday. Ted Larsen, making his first Dolphins start at left guard, seemed to have more difficulty against the Panthers.
- Kenyan Drake (25 snaps, 44 percent). Drake had an exciting 66-yard touchdown run and gained 82 yards on seven carries. It was surprising that Damien Williams had more snaps and more carries than Drake, considering Williams wasn’t feeling well all week. This is a back-by-committee approach, but it seems obvious that Drake is the more dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands. Williams had 32 snaps, or seven more than Drake. As Drake continues to earn the coaching staff’s trust, his reps should surpass Williams.
- Charles Harris (28 snaps, 36 percent). The Dolphins were getting gashed in the run and didn’t have many third-and-long opportunities on defense, so it makes sense that Harris’ opportunities were a bit limited. Harris is still stuck on one sack in his rookie season. Harris played significantly fewer snaps than Cam Wake, Andre Branch and William Hayes. He had no tackles or quarterback hits, but one pass defended. Harris has only 8 tackles in 9 games, which is low in comparison to Cam Wake (16) and William Hayes (13). Andre Branch has only nine tackles this season.
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