Grades for Dolphins-Panthers

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Dolphins-Panthers preseason game.

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(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Grades for Dolphins-Panthers

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from Saturday’s Dolphins-Panthers preseason game:

Miami Dolphins

–QB Ryan Tannehill looked sharp for the second straight week (+0.9), consistently moving Dolphins up the field on his three drives. His best throw wasn’t caught, however, as TE Jordan Cameron wasn’t able to haul in this beauty.

–After a strong week run blocking against the Chicago Bears, right guard Billy Turner struggled mightily to a -3.9 grade in the running game. The Dolphins’ guard position continues to be a concern.

–Second-round defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was relatively quiet on his 20 snaps as he finished at -0.3 overall with one hit on the quarterback.

–Ndamukong Suh is already in mid-season form, dominating blockers to the tune of a +2.2 grade on his 31 preseason snaps. He picked up two hurries against the Panthers.

Top grades:

1. DE James Davidson +3.3

2. CB Zackary Bowman +2.8

3. DT Ndamukong Suh +2.1

4. C Mike Pouncey, C Jacques McClendon +1.7

5. S Reshad Jones, DT A.J. Francis +1.6


Carolina Panthers

–QB Cam Newton completed just two of his seven passes thrown at least 10 yards in the air, including a forced throw to TE Greg Olsen that was intercepted.

–Rookie fourth-round OT Daryl Williams put together his second straight good game as he finished at +2.7 overall. He’s yet to allow a pressure on 43 pass-block attempts this preseason.

–First-round LB Shaq Thompson showed his strengths and weaknesses in his 21 snaps of action (+0.2 overall). He made a nice tackle in space in coverage on the goal line and ran with Cameron down the field on Tannehill’s nice deep throw to show the athletic dimension he brings to the Panthers’ defense. On the down side, he gets blocked too often in the running game, as evidenced by his getting pinned at the second level on a Dolphins’ first quarter touchdown run.

Top grades:

1. OT Daryl Williams +2.7

2. CB Teddy Williams +2.4

3. DE Kony Ealy +1.6

4. CB Melvin White +1.4

5. FS Dean Marlowe + 1.4

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