MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins wrapped up their preseason schedule on Thursday while opening up the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium to fans.
The stadium looked amazing, but the game itself was not the best for Dolphins fans as Miami fell to the Titans 21-10.
The loss dropped Adam Gase and the Dolphins to 2-2 for the 2016 preseason.
Jay Ajayi got the start at running back for the Dolphins, but it surely wasn’t the start that he or the team hoped.
On Miami’s first play from scrimmage, Ajayi fumbled the ball away, and less than a minute later the Titans took a 7-0 lead on a short Derrick Henry run.
Things didn’t get much better for Miami as the first quarter progressed.
After Damien Williams was stopped on a 4th and 1, Tennessee drove right down the field and went up 14-0 on another short touchdown run.
The Dolphins got on the board following another forced turnover by the defense.
A Bobby McCain interception led to Miami’s first touchdown at Hard Rock Stadium, a one-yard run by Daniel Thomas.
Coming into the game the spotlight was on several of Miami’s rookies who were expected to see plenty of game time.
Cornerback Xavien Howard got a fair amount of snaps and played well, looking good in coverage and finishing the game with three tackles.
Miami’s rookie receivers, Leonte Carroo and Jakeem Grant, were expected to see plenty of game time but that wasn’t the case.
Carroo made just two catches for 17 yards while Grant finished with zero catches.
Running back Kenyan Drake flashed some of what has Miami’s coaches so excited about the youngster.
He ran just three times for six yards but made a big 33 yard catch on fourth down that could easily have been a touchdown with a better throw from quarterback Brandon Doughty.
Doughty, who is competing with Zac Dysert for the third quarterback spot on the Dolphins roster, completed 8-of-12 passes for 98 yards.
Dysert finished 10-of-16 for 85 yards, but threw an interception.
Miami will now begin focusing on the regular season, which begins in 10 days when the Dolphins travel to Seattle to face Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Before that however, the roster must be trimmed down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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