5 Miami Dolphins Snap Conclusions from shocking defeat of Patriots

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh puts pressure on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at Hard Rock Stadium on Monday night. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

There were so many Miami Dolphins stars on Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

We give props in this order: 1) Adam Gase 2) Xavien Howard 3) Kenyan Drake 4) Jarvis Landry 5) Matt Burke 6) Jay Cutler 7) Jordan Phillips 8) Reshad Jones.

Everything Gase and Burke tried worked, including how they split up the playing time against the Patriots:

  1. Kenyan Drake (66 snaps, 90 percent). In the last two weeks, Le’Veon Bell is the only running back in the NFL with more snaps, as Drake has 119. This is stunning, considering many viewed Drake as a change-of-pace back. It’s hard to know if Drake has the durability to survive this type of workload for an extended period. But if and when Damien Williams returns, Drake should get a bit more rest. Still, it’s going to be hard to take Drake off the field, as coach Adam Gase likes to say.
  2. Ndamukong Suh (61 snaps, 100 percent). Gase also likes to say Suh is the kind of guy who will give you a certain look if you suggest he come off the field. What if I told you Suh DID NOT come off the field against the Patriots, as in, for one single play? Talk about earning your pay check on a Monday Night. Jordan Phillips (54 percent) and Davon Godchaux (46 percent) were able to stay fresh and make impact plays in large part because Suh allowed them to divide their reps. Suh had 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits and 1 pass defended. Monster. But we all knew that.
  3. Jakeem Grant (9 snaps, 12 percent). It seemed like Grant was out there more. And what a night it would have been if Grant had not dropped a sure touchdown pass. Stills, Grant caught a clutch 25-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler for a key 20-10 lead in the third quarter. He also caught two passes for 24 yards and showed that it might be worth using some more of those four wide receiver sets. Grant, of course, adds a unique speed dimension to Adam Gase’s offense. Gase even used Grant at running back.
  4. Lawrence Timmons (50 snaps, 82 percent). After declining Timmons’ recent playing time, defensive coordinator Matt Burke went with the old war horse in this game, and Timmons responded. Timmons had several memorable big hits and looked a bit more like the player we saw early in the season. Timmons did not address it this week, but one wonders if he was inspired in any way but watching his former Steelers teammate, linebacker Ryan Shazier, go down with a spine injury. Timmons was fourth on the Dolphins with five tackles. Stephone Anthony took only nine reps in this game.
  5. DeVante Parker (61 snaps, 84 percent). Parker was on the sideline for 12 snaps, which is telling. Is Gase losing his patience with Parker’s drops and failure to tap into his worldly potential? Parker did have a critical fourth-down catch. Parker caught 4 of his 6 targets, though only for 40 yards. Parker is ranked 60th out of 116 wide receivers, according to Pro Football Focus, which obviously is a huge disappointment. Is there enough time left for Parker to show Miami they shouldn’t consider trading him this offseason?

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