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Week 2 Game Recap: Miami Dolphins 20, New York Jets 12


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Miami Dolphins

It was not pretty, but the Dolphins managed to move to 2-0 on the season and beat a confident Jets team that had blown out Detroit in week one. Ryan Tannehill did not look confident in the pocket and was sacked 4 times and the running game could not get anything going outside of 2 20-yard plays. Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore shared a very similar workload. Drake created some separation with a rushing touchdown, but Gore moved up to 4th on the all-time rushing list this week. The most eye-popping stat from this game was the combined 7 fumbles between the two teams. This was a case of one of two bad teams had to get a win and it happened to be Miami today. The Dolphins will host the Raiders, coming off a last second lost to the Denver Broncos, in week three.

New York Jets

We always knew this offense would be thin from a fantasy standpoint, and itís exactly that. Aside from Quincy Enunwa, nobody in the passing offense seems to be breaking out. The backfield is mired in a committee, though Bilal Powell has done some damage through the air. Sam Darnold has shown signs of being good, but heís a rookie and will continue to make some mistakes, though his receivers drop too many balls to help him out as much as they should.

Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Tannehill, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 23 - 168 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 44 - 0
The final line for Tannehill does not look all that bad, but he did not play very well against a middle of the road Jets defense. He was sacked 4 times for a loss of 46 yards, fumbled the ball twice, and did not feel comfortable in the pocket at all. He fled every chance he could get and ended up rushing the ball 8 times and almost outpaced his running backs. Tannehill's first touchdown came on a 29-yard crossing route by Albert Wilson. The tight end cleared the middle by pulling the linebacker up the seam and Wilson was able to run underneath for the easy completion and touchdown. The second score was a 19-yard missile right down the middle of the field to AJ Derby. Tannehill scrambled in the pocket and avoided the rush long enough to hit Derby in the end zone as he worked back towards his QB. This was one time that Tannehill stayed in the pocket and delivered a strike. The only other big play for Tannehill came on the first play of the game where he took the ball off the right end for 20-yards. This tied Kenyan Drake for the longest run of the day. Tannehill is going to need better protection from the offensive line going forward if he is going to survive the entire season.

RB Kenyan Drake, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 53 - 1, Rec: 4 - 17 - 0 (4 targets)
After struggling in week one, Drake showed why he is the lead back this week. He was the most effective runner and out touched every other back for Miami. Drake is still splitting carries with Gore almost 50/50 but will create more opportunity if he continues to have games like this. Drake managed 4.8 yards per carry and ripped off a 20-yard run right up the middle to help run out the clock at the end of the game. Drake also contributed in the passing game and reclaimed a lot of the third down work he lost in week one. The biggest contribution for Drake this week was his 6-yard touchdown run. He took the ball right up the middle and powered his way in for the score. This was the first touchdown of the game and helped set the tone for the rest of the day.

RB Frank Gore, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 25 - 0, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (1 targets)
There is not much positive to say about the day Gore had running the ball today was that he moved into 4th all-time in rushing yards. He only had 2 fewer carries than Drake but had almost half the yards. He managed a meager 2.8 yards per carry and only a lone reception in the passing game. Gore is a great veteran presence and mentor for Drake, but he is not going to see the amount of snaps needed for him to make a difference. Gore's longest rush of the day was 8 yards and that was almost a third of his yards. The Raiders had a tough time containing the Broncos rushing attack this week and may provide a better matchup for Gore and his skill set.

WR Albert Wilson, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 37 - 1 (5 targets)
The Dolphins do not have a great core of receivers and it seems like it could be anyone who steps up each week and makes a play. Wilson had about as much luck as any other receiver in regard to targets and receptions, but he did manage to find the end zone. Wilson ran an inside crossing route and found himself all alone when the tight end cleared out the linebackers up the seam. Wilson then simply out ran his man in coverage and down the opposite sideline for a touchdown. The safeties were occupied on the other side of the field covering the deep routes and could not get over in time to make a tackle. Wilson was not touched on the play until he crossed the goal line right at the pylon. Wilson was also given 2 carries in the running game but did not do very much with them.

WR Danny Amendola, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 32 - 0 (4 targets)
All of the targets vacated by Jarvis Landry when he left for Cleveland were supposed to be picked up by Amendola. He was brought in as the big off season signing and thus far it has not paid off. Amendola was the only wide receiver to catch all of his targets this week but he was unable to break free or create any extra separation. Tannehill did not do a great job leading him up the field and Amendola was tackled almost immediately on every play. His longest play of the day was a 14-yard pass, but he was also injured on the same play. He did manage to come back into the game and make one more reception, but he looked a little slow and was not utilized much for the rest of the game. It will be interesting to see if he makes the injury report this week.

WR Kenny Stills, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)
After breaking out in week one, Stills was largely held in check this week. The Dolphins seemed content with short passes and letting the receivers run, but Stills was unable to break free. His longest reception of the day was for 13 yards and accounted for all but 4 of his total on the day. Tannehill did not look comfortable in the pocket and did not take any shots down the field to Stills. No receiver had more than 5 targets on the day and Stills had no luck creating separation underneath. Unfortunately for Stills, his skill set is too close to many of the other receivers for the Dolphins and he is going to be a huge boom or bust candidate every week. The Jets tackled very well this week and Stills had one of his bust games.

TE A.J. Derby, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 19 - 1 (2 targets)
Just like Wilson, Derby did not receive any extra targets from Tannehill, but he did manage to find the end zone. He had two targets and one reception on the day. Derby ran straight down the seam while Tannehill scrambled in the pocket to avoid the pass rush. Derby noticed his quarterback needing help and started making his way back towards the ball. Tannehill let go a missile that hit Derby directly in the chest for the score. No one receiver stood out this week, but Derby made the most of his opportunity with the touchdown.

TE Mike Gesicki, 33 offensive snaps
After all of the hype and talk about Gesicki getting more involved in the Dolphins passing game, he did not receive a single target this week. The passing game struggled as a whole and Gesicki did nothing to help it this week.


New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 41 - 334 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0
While Sam Darnold had a rough overall game, where he at times looked like the rookie he is, he still showed a lot of ability and toughness. Probably his worst throw came early, when he was baited by TJ McDonald and passed the ball right at the veteran. McDonald appeared to be shading to the middle of the field, but once he saw Darnold look away, he stepped into the passing lane and cut off a pass aimed for the slanting Quincy Enunwa. As is Darnoldís habit though, he rebounded and played well most of the rest of the game. He did throw a second interception, but that one very much appeared to be the fault of his receiver Terrelle Pryor. Darnold was looking for Pryor on a slant but the receiver either didnít fully commit to the route or got so caught up in handfighting that he lost track of the ball. The pass was where it should have been, but Pryor wasnít. Darnold did find running back Bilal Powell on a nice intermediate route down the middle which Powell took for a score. Overall, Darnold made mostly good decisions and continues to show some improvement. He didnít get much help from his receivers, who several times dropped wide open passes, but once that stops happening, his production should go up.

RB Isaiah Crowell, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 35 - 0, Rec: 2 - 4 - 0 (3 targets)
The backfield continues to split carries and as such, production for the position continues to be shaky. Not that it mattered on a day when the offensive line was being battered by the Dolphins defensive front and Crowell found himself hit at or behind the line of scrimmage too often. With the receivers dropping passes, the Dolphins stacked the box regularly, making it even harder for Crowell to gain positive yards.

RB Bilal Powell, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 6 - 0, Rec: 5 - 74 - 1 (6 targets)
Powell got the start but made very little headway against a tough defensive front. He was heavily used in the passing game, however, and was the sole player who found the end zone for the Jets with a 28-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Sam Darnold. Powell ran an intermediate route up the middle where Powell made the grab and then carried the ball the last ten yards for a score.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 92 - 0 (11 targets)
Enunwa was the only thing resembling a reliable receiver for quarterback Sam Darnold, and was also the target of Darnoldís first interception. While he didnít find the end zone, heís been targeted frequently during both weeks and is clearly someone Darnold trusts. At one point, Enunwa got open along the back of the end zone while Darnold was scrambling, but the rookie saw him when he was already in the middle of throwing the ball away, and so the pass sailed high.

WR Terrelle Pryor, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 84 - 0 (8 targets)
Pryor made some OK plays, but his biggest impact came in a negative way. As the Jets were driving and in the red zone, Pryor ran a slant towards the uprights in the end zone, but either didnít run it hard enough or lost the ball while he was battling with the defender. As such he was not where he should have been for a touchdown, and instead the pass meant for him was intercepted. While this was a bad beat both for Pryor and the offense, Darnold kept going back to him, so clearly the quarterback is willing to give a player more than one chance and isnít afraid of seeing the same mistake twice.

WR Robby Anderson, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (5 targets)
Anderson isnít seeing a ton of work, though whether itís because rookie Sam Darnold isnít seeing him or just because the offense is focused on short passes is hard to say. The latter is definitely a factor, since Andersonís strength is vertical routes and the Jets offense isnít going deep very often.

WR Jermaine Kearse, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (2 targets)
The forgotten Jets receiver, Kearse only saw one target and was brought down behind the line of scrimmage. So far he doesnít look like much of an option for this offense.

TE Eric Tomlinson, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 24 - 0 (2 targets)
Tomlinson saw a couple of targets on the day, taking one for 24 yards on a short pass. Other than that, he was relegated to blocking duty.

TE Chris Herndon
When Neal Sterling left with a head injury, it looked like Herndon would get the chance to step up. He did, but it didnít take as Herndon was tackled short of the end zone on the last play of the first half and fumbled the ball twice in the second half.