TEN-MIA grades: Derrick Henry continues strong preseason in Week 4 win

Top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Tennessee Titans' preseason Week 4 win over the Miami Dolphins.

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TEN-MIA grades: Derrick Henry continues strong preseason in Week 4 win

Tennessee Titans 21, Miami Dolphins 10

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Tennessee Titans 21-10 win over the Miami Dolphins:

Tennessee Titans

Quarterback grade: Alex Tanney, 66.9

Alex Tanney struggles amid rushing success

Tanney took all but one snap in the game and his performance was littered with ups and downs. On plays he was provided with a clean pocket, Tanney completed 12-of-13 attempts with the one incompletion sailing into the hands of a Miami defender. The most puzzling aspect of his play came when Miami chose to blitz as Tanney would surrender a pair of interceptions and sacks when he was not facing an opposing blitz. When Miami did send extra defenders, Tanney posted a 104.8 passer rating and completed all seven attempts.

Top offensive grades

LG Sebastian Tretola, 83.3

C Brian Schwenke, 81.0

FB Jalston Fowler, 79.8

RB Antonio Andrews, 78.6

RB Derrick Henry, 73.0

Derrick Henry closes out preseason is style

Alabama rookie RB Derrick Henry made the most of his 13 snaps on the field in taking seven carries to produce 62 yards and one touchdown, and forcing three missed tackles. Henry would have had a difficult time without the help of his offensive line, as LG Sebastian Tretola and C Brian Schwenke led the way in creating seams for the Tennessee running game to rack up 128 yards and three touchdowns.


Top defensive grades

ED Aaron Wallace, 78.1

ED David Bass, 77.2

CB Cody Riggs, 76.4

DI Austin Johnson, 75.0

LB Justin Staples, 74.6

Rookie edge defender Aaron Wallace making an early impact

The Titans defense held Miami to only a pair of 10-or-more-play drives and even those only resulted in three points for Miami. The Tennessee defense was paced by the efforts of its edge defenders, as Aaron Wallace and, during his 10 snaps played, David Bass wreaked havoc on the Miami offense.

Miami Dolphins

Quarterback grade: Brandon Doughty, 75.3, Zac Dysert, 40.0

Late roster bid from Zac Dysert upstaged by rookie Brandon Doughty

QB Zac Dysert rode the roster bubble into this matchup with a prime opportunity to take all of the first-half snaps. The results left plenty to be desired, as Dysert struggled, only completing one of four passes of 10 yards or more (13 yards and one interception). However, when seventh-round rookie out of Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty took the field, the team hit its stride. Doughty finished the day connecting on four of six targets at 10 yards or beyond and an overall 91.7 passer rating.


Top offensive grades

QB Brandon Doughty, 75.3

T Ulrick John, 75.1

TE Thomas Duarte, 73.1

TE MarQuise Gray, 72.3

RG Kraig Urbik, 71.8

Miami third-string ground game sputters to preseason finish

With the first- and most of the second-string offenses sitting out the contest, offensive standouts for the Dolphins were minimal. RG Craig Urbik did a commendable job for the running game, but Miami running backs only managed 2.4 yards per attempt.

Top defensive grades

DE Andre Branch, 78.2

SLB Spencer Paysinger, 78.2

CB Tony Lippett, 78.1

DI Justin Warmsley, 75.6

ED Cleyon Laing, 74.7

Strong effort from DE Andre Branch ultimately in vain

The Titans were able to run over the top of the Dolphins run defense, but DE Andre Branch managed to make his mark, while creating headaches for the offensive line with a team-leading pass-rush grade.

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Wes is an analyst and fantasy correspondent at Pro Football Focus. He's been with the company since 2014, and his work has been featured on DraftKings Playbook and FantasyPros.

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