There is a position battle happening on the Miami Dolphins that nobody would’ve expected when training camp began.
The Miami Dolphins took the practice field on Monday for the first time since their preseason win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.
Two teams with mirroring (4-5) records meet in Week 11 at Sun Life Stadium, as Miami and San Diego try and overcome long injury lists in hopes of staying in the American Football Conference’s playoff race.
After a 3-0 start, the Saints and Ravens exposed some of Miami’s weaknesses, sending the Dolphins into the bye week sporting the first losing streak of the year. Having reached the quarter mark of the season, here are some early “Studs vs. Duds” awards for the 2013-14 Miami Dolphins.
Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Baltimore Ravens ahead with 1:42 left, and they withstood a frantic comeback bid by the Miami Dolphins to win 26-23 Sunday.
Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown, leading the Miami Dolphins to a season-opening 23-10 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999.
Each year, countless picks from the NFL Draft step into the starting lineup to help their new team take the next step to either stay or become a contender. The Miami Dolphins were hoping that might happen to them this season, but it doesn’t look like that will happen to start the year.
The Fins’ red zone offense had plenty of plays inside the Bucs’ 20-yard line and even though the starters finally produced a touchdown in the red zone, it wasn’t enough as Tampa Bay defeated Miami, 17-16.
The Dolphins kicking job had been manned by Dan Carpenter for the last few years, but when the team drafted Caleb Sturgis, the veteran wasn’t long for the job. It didn’t help Carpenter’s cause that he was owed more than $3 million this season. Sturgis beat out Carpenter and was the only place-kicker in training camp Thursday, but he wasn’t about to gloat.
The Miami Dolphins were having a kicking competition in the first few weeks of training camp, but apparently that competition is over with the less expensive player winning.