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Dolphins vs Bears Breakdown - Week 7

The Miami Dolphins enter their game against the Chicago Bears at a critical juncture of their season. At 2-3 with a winnable Jacksonville game upcoming, a road win would set them up to at least continue to compete for the division title. A loss wo...

Dolphins vs Packers Breakdown - Week 6

The Miami Dolphins go into their Week 6 matchup vs Green Bay with a tall task ahead of them. The Green Bay Packers are not unbeatable; like any team, they have their weaknesses. However, they are dangerous, high-powered squad that demands top-notc...

Dolphins vs Bills Breakdown - Week 2

Dolphins vs Bills - Week 2 - Matchup Breakdown The Miami Dolphins opened up the 2014 season in fashion with a statement win. It wasn’t only that they beat the Patriots 33-20, it was in the thorough manner that they did so. On the offensive sid...

Dolphins Host Patriots, Week 1 Match Up Preview

It felt like forever, but the NFL season is finally back; and right out of the gate the Miami Dolphins face the long standing champions of the AFC East, the New England Patriots. The last time these two teams faced off in Miami, the Dolphins seale...

Preseason Week 3 Breakdown: Dolphins vs Cowboys

The Dolphins’ Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys ended in a shootout between backup quarterbacks Matt Moore and Dustin Vaughan, but since it is the preseason, the 25-20 victory was of little importance. The third week of the preseason is th...

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Ian Wharton

Ian Wharton

Ian is an editor and part-time contributor for FinDepth, focusing on scouting for the Miami Dolphins needs and scheme fits. He also contributes regular content on the Dolphins and NFL draft for BleacherReport.com and OptimumScouting.com. He often questions traditional ways of thinking and isn't afraid of the unpopular opinion. You can follow Ian on Twitter @NFLFilmStudy. 

The Dolphins’ Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys ended in a shootout between backup quarterbacks Matt Moore and Dustin Vaughan, but since it is the preseason, the 25-20 victory was of little importance. The third week of the preseason is the best chance to see how personnel will be used within new schemes and how often sub-packages will happen. Since the starters played the first two and a half quarters, we’ve had the chance to see who will be on the field often. To take a look at what I was specifically watching for, you can read the Week 3 preview I wrote before the game here.

Below are some things I noticed when I re-watched the game. For play by play analysis, check out my Twitter feed. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts below in the comments section.

Dolphins vs Cowboys - Preseason Week 3 Preview

 

The NFL preseason is rapidly approaching coming to a close, as we are just two weeks away from the games that matter on Sunday. As Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report explained, Week 3 of the preseason is the most important week for players that make the final 53-man roster. Coaches will install more advanced aspects of the playbook in preparation for the stressful situations that arise throughout a football game. This means the most important players will play longer and those on the verge of being cut will stay on the sidelines. From an evaluation standpoint, it’s important to not overreact because these are glorified scrimmages, but we can learn a lot about scheme and player progression. The NFL is filled with games within the game; rather the aggregate of about 140 plays that happen throughout the 60 minutes of play.

 

Despite being the leading rusher in Conference USA, the first time an Owl has achieved this since 1997, Rice University running back Charles Ross seems to be flying under the radar this draft season. A bruising back with enough speed and quickness to make an immediate impact as a rookie in the NFL, Ross has a 4th round grade in my book. Check on past the break for the full scouting report and interview with Ross.