MIA-WAS grades: Bad day for QB Ryan Tannehill
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the MIA-WAS game:
– Jason Hatcher (+4.2) was a dominant force in Washington’s defensive line and was able to take advantage of the Miami offensive line’s weaknesses. Hatcher earned the highest pass rushing grade in the game (+2.6) as he recorded two pressures, a sack and even batted down a pass. He also earned the best grade on his team stopping the run (+1.5) as he picked up three run stops.
-The Dolphins’ underneath routes made life difficult for linebacker Keenan Robinson (-2.0) who struggled in coverage. He was targeted six times and allowed five receptions to five different receivers for 69 yards and a QB rating of 114.6, earning him a coverage grade of -2.8, the lowest for any player in the game.
-Tight end Jordan Reed (+0.7) received a heavy workload in the absence of DeSean Jackson (injured after 13 snaps) and was targeted a team-high 11 times. His seven receptions came against seven different defenders and while some went for short yardage on underneath routes, when all was said and done, he picked up 63 yards, of which 22 came after the catch.
RE Jason Hatcher (+4.2)
LG Shawn Lauvao (+2.7)
LT Trent Williams (+2.5)
FB Darrel Young (+2.1)
QB Kirk Cousins and SS Duke Ihenacho (both +1.5)
– Although the Miami Dolphins made defensive tackle Ndamokung Suh the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, Suh (-0.1) did not stand out in his first game as a Dolphin. Despite playing 67 snaps, the former Detroit Lion failed to pick up a single pressure or run stop and actually finished with a slightly negative grade in both facets of the game. This was only the first game of the season, however it may be worrying that Suh had a lower grade in only two games in 2014 than the -0.1 he recorded yesterday.
– Unlike Suh, CB Brent Grimes (+2.6) managed to impress in the first game of 2015. Grimes intercepted a pass and allowed only two catches and 22 yards on the five occasions he was targeted, which resulted in Kirk Cousins having a QB rating of 14.2 when targeting Grimes. In addition, Grimes recorded a run stop and was able to create pressure on his sole pass rushing snap.
– While the box score may tell that quarterback Ryan Tannehill (-2.7) had a solid game, it was not the case. He had decent success towards the right side of the field, but out of the five passes he threw outside the left numbers two should have been picked off, and one could have been a pick-six. On one of these throws he failed to recognize underneath coverage and threw it right to the linebacker, while on the other he was late to throw a comeback route to Greg Jennings.
CB Brent Grimes (+2.6)
SS Reshad Jones and LB Koa Misi (both +2.4)
RT Ja’Wuan James (+2.2)
WR Jarvis Landry (+1.9)