5 Miami Dolphins Snap Conclusions from demolition of Broncos

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake runs for a touchdown during the second half of a defeat of the Denver Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Dolphins said they were focused on just one win, which makes sense, since the team hadn’t won since October 22.

So, Miami got its win, and in impressive fashion, dismantling the woeful Broncos at Hard Rock Stadium.

But who played more than we thought and who played less? Lets take a look:

  1. Kenyan Drake (53 snaps, 79 percent). Drake played a season-high in snaps and said after the game he felt so strong he could have taken another 20 carries. It’s not ideal to give Drake 53 snaps, but he made the most of it, averaging 5.2 yards per carry and catching three passes. Senorise Perry took 12 snaps. De’Veon Smith did not play on offense.
  2. Julius Thomas (42 snaps, 63 percent). The Dolphins utilized more two- and three-tight end sets, and it was effective. Anthony Fasano was in for 41 snaps and MarQuies Gray played 17. Thomas caught all three of his targets, including a 9-yard touchdown. While no longer explosive or dynamic, at least Thomas is starting to contribute to the team.
  3. Alterraun Verner (46 snaps, 64 percent). Cordrea Tankersley played only eight snaps due to shoulder and ankle injuries. Verner, the veteran, did quite a nice job, as he was hardly noticed. Verner allowed just one target on four targets and had a quarterback hurry, according to Pro Football Focus, placing him 13th among all NFL cornerbacks this weekend.
  4. Stephone Anthony (29 snaps, 40 percent). Anthony saw an increase in snaps, from 12 to 18 to 29, for a third straight week. Meanwhile, veteran Lawrence Timmons, saw a reduction for a third straight week, with 41 on Sunday. Timmons led the team with six tackles and Anthony had five tackles in less playing time. Anthony had a boneheaded unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after what would have been a third down stop. But he’s easing his way back into game action, so as long as we don’t see a repeat of that type of play, we’ll cut him a break for now.
  5. Cameron Malveaux (32 snaps, 44 percent). Malveaux made his NFL debut. After the game, the undrafted rookie free agent from Houston told me he knew all week he was going to play, after a promotion from the practice squad, but had no idea he was going to play so much. With William Hayes (back) down for the year, Malveaux, who is 6-feet-5, 276 pounds, helped fill some of the void. Malveaux was seen creating some pressure in the first half. He actually played one snap less than Cam Wake, four snaps less than Andre Branch and seven snaps less than Charles Harris, so it was a pure defensive end rotation.

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