Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins are just 1-2 in the 2013 preseason, not that it counts for anything. Fins fans can be happy about several areas of the team including quarterback and defense, but between the running game and the team’s inability to score in the red zone, there’s plenty left to fix.
The Fins have been led offensively by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Despite playing behind a make-shift offensive line at times during the preseason, Tannehill has managed to complete 61 percent of his passes for 377 yards, 3 touchdowns, and most importantly, 0 interceptions.
Tannehill’s longest pass has only been for 33 yards, but in the last few weeks, he’s developing chemistry with new wide receiver Mike Wallace. Tannehill has hit Wallace six times in the preseason for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Wallace, who the Fins spent millions on in the offseason, is averaging 14.8 yards per game in the preseason. The Fins’ top receiver is Brandon Gibson who has nine catches during the preseason. No player on the Fins has more than one touchdown reception in the preseason.
Overall, Tannehill has a quarterback rating of 98.6 in the preseason and has been sacked just four times in 56 pass attempts. The Fins passing game has pulled in 839 yards in the preseason, but has given up 15 sacks to opponents, with the majority coming against Matt Moore and Pat Devlin.
Where the Dolphins offense has struggled, besides the red zone, is trying to run the football. The Fins’ Lamar Miller is expected to be the starter and he’s averaged just more than four yards per carry in the preseason and scored one time.
Miller’s top backup, Daniel Thomas, has run tentatively throughout the preseason and is averaging 2.7 yards per carry and has yet to get into the end zone. Miami’s top runner in the preseason is Jonas Gray, but even he is only averaging 3 yards per carry and could be a longshot to make the final roster.
The one area that the Fins are completely set with is the kicking game. After using a draft pick on him, kicker Caleb Sturgis has come through for the Fins and hit on all six of his field goal attempts, including 1-1 from beyond 50 yards.
Sturgis recently beat out incumbent Dan Carpenter for the starting kicking job thanks to not only his performance, but also Carpenter’s large contract.