Skylar Thompson and Miami Fall to Jets
Yes, the headline says Skylar Thompson and the Miami Dolphins fall to the New York Jets. Most of the blame does not fall on the rookie 7th round QB, but he is mentioned first to highlight what kind a day it was for Miami. Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of the game on Miami’s first offensive snap. The play was called an intentional grounding which resulted in a safety for the Jets. Because, Bridgewater in the end zone at the time. Bridgewater would be ruled out as part of the concussion protocol.
Skylar Thompson Makes NFL Debut
Outside of winning the coin toss and some nice runs from Raheem Mostert, this was an ugly game to watch for Dolfans. Skylar Thompson got his first taste of NFL regular season action. Overall, you could see he has a lot of learning to do, but he held up okay considering the circumstances. The Dolphins entered the game without their top two cornerbacks in Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.
No excuses though, because the Jets played better than Dolphins today. So, the Jets earned this win. Yet, Miami as poorly as they played had a chance to take a 4th quarter lead. But, Jason Sanders missed a 54-yard field goal which would had given Miami a 20-19 lead. The Jets would then take control of the game from that point to get a convincing 40 to 17 victory. Both the Dolphins and Jets now sit with 3 and 2 records. The Buffalo Bills are alone in first place in the AFC East with a 4 an 1 record. The New England Patriots come in at 2 and 3 after earning a win today.
Skylar Thompson stats:
19 completions/33 attempts 166 yards O TD 1 INT
The Jets brought consistent pressure against the banged up offensive line of Miami. Terron Armstead left the game early with a toe injury. Armstead has been dealing with the toe issue for weeks. But, now it looks like he will be staying in New York for further evaluation of it. Tyreek Hill also left with an injury, but Coach Mike McDaniel stated that Hill is a quick healer. No official word on any of the injuries as of this writing.
One of the few bright spots was the performance put in by Mostert. Mostert had 113 yards on 18 carries (6.3 yards per carry). He also scored a touch down on a rush from just outside the 10 yard line. Mostert also caught a pass and took it to the one yard line. Setting up a touchdown at the end of the first half.
Skylar made rookie mistakes. The importance of a healthy return of Tua Tagovailoa is vital if Miami hopes to contend this year. Miami has time to right the ship. The Dolphins really need some veterans to return to action as quickly as possible. Teams go through up and downs every season. Now, is the time we get to see the resolve our Dolphins gave moving forward.