Just a quick summary of what I saw in the first preseason game.
On The Rise
Ryan Tannehill – Perfect 6-6 on his only series
Lamar Miller – Looked vastly improved
Brandon Gibson – Still has the chemistry with Tannehill
Rishard Mathews – Made a strong move to take the #5 WR
Jarvis Landry – Nice Punt Return – Hard to Judge with a limited QB
Damien Williams(RB) – Nice Kick Return–He flashed some nice speed and power and made some tough catches out of the backfield. – Very disappointed he was hurt.
Starting OLine – No Big Mistakes – Converted a 3rd and One
JaWuan James – Played 3 Quarters and held his own.
Will Davis – Almost picked off 3 passes. Not perfect but you can see the talent
Randy Starks – Is a beast
Brett Brackett – For a guy just off the street he has some big receptions. With the uncertainty behind Clay at TE. He made a big jump towards making the team
Did not hurt their cause
Anthony “the freak” Johnson – I saw him getting some penetration but also was not dominating against 2nd and 3rd string players.
Terrance Fede – See above – Saw some flashes but was not dominating back-ups
Jamar Taylor – Falcons did not test him much. But did not give up anything big.
Mike Gillislee – Had some nice looking one cut and up field runs.
Billy Turner – Looked solid in run blocking but gave up a sack on a blown block
Chris McCain – Made several plays and seems to have a knack for getting to the ball. Also took a bad angle in pass coverage and gave up a big play.
On the Slide
Starting Linebackers – Wheeler had a dumb Penalty, Misi missed a tackle for a loss. The Falcons backs smoked them running off tackle several times. Ellerbe was beat in coverage.
Reshad Jones – Suspended For PED. Obviously that hurts him and the team.
Daniel Thomas – With Williams showing some talent and Moreno about ready to return – This was a game he could not afford to be missing. If Williams is out a few weeks he really needs to show up to make the team.
Michael Agnew – With Clay hurt and Brackett showing some flashes this was a game Agnew could not afford to miss either.
Jason Fox – Does not look like the answer as the #3 tackle to me. The team has to seriously consider signing McKinney for depth IMO.
Seth Lobato – To be fair he is just learning the system. However, with Matt Moore and Pat Devlin out. He got to QB pretty much the whole game. He botched a snap on the goal line when the team could have went ahead and failed to move the team on a 2nd chance late in the 4th. That may have really been his only chance.
Matt Hazel – Failed to bring in a couple passes late in the game. Granted they were not great throws but the competition at WR is too fierce to do that.
I saw about 80% of plays so if there is anyone I missed let me know…