The Dolphins played their final preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. Miami rested a lot of their starters during this game to prepare for the regular season. Reid Sinnett got the start at the helm at quarterback for the Dolphins and played the whole game. He had a great performance. Other offensive players stood out within the running backs and the receivers. The defense also had some good stuff going on. The Dolphins did end up getting the win in this game with a final score of 29-26. This is the Miami Dolphins Preseason Recap: Cincinnati Bengals.
Sinnett was one of the most impressive Dolphins players in this game. He made the best out of the opportunity he had during this game. He played the whole game and he put up some monster numbers. Sinnett has a strong arm and seemed to put some zip on the ball while making his throws. Sinnett looked comfortable in the pocket and was able to move around to extend plays. The Dolphins quarterback did get sacked three times in this game, but he found a way to overcome that negative. He posted 343 passing yards for the game and two touchdowns. He did have one interception on the game, which was tipped by the receiver.
Gerrid Doaks who is a rookie running back out of the University of Cincinnati really stood out during this game. This was mostly in the red zone. He scored two touchdowns in that area of the field. Doaks is good at bullying his way into the end-zone and finding the open creases within the defensive line. He ended the day rushing with 16 carries, 56 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
A standout wide receiver who more than likely earned a spot on the 53-man roster is Kirk Merritt. Merritt caught a 44-yard touchdown with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Merritt ended the day with an impressive 72 receiving yards. He has also been really impressive during training camp. Another receiver that deserves to be mentioned is Chris Myarick. He scored the game winning touchdown. He caught a 34-yard 50/50 ball in the end-zone with a just over a minute left in the game.
The top tacklers in this game were Dolphins safety Nate Holly, who had six solo tackles. Linebacker Carl Munson and cornerback Noah Igbinoghene were right behind him with four tackles on the day. Sam Eguaveon, who came off of a monster game against the Falcons produced again today. He managed to get three total tackles and one pass deflection.
The defensive line did pretty good at stopping the rushing attack as they held the Bengals to 120 yards overall on the ground. Unfortunately the defense could not get to the quarterback at all during the game nor could the Dolphins turn the ball over with an interception. They did force a fumble during the game but they did not end up recovering it.
Overall the defensive performance was okay. The backup defense managed to stop Joe Burrow‘s only drive of the game, which was impressive. It would have been good to see them have a couple turnovers in this game. They also needed to bring more of a pass rush as the Bengals quarterbacks were accurate and gained a good amount of passing yards.
This was the Miami Dolphins Preseason Recap: Cincinnati Bengals