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Matt Moore re-entered game after Pat Devlin was shaken up

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Dolphins second-string quarterback Matt Moore finished out Sunday night’s 24-20 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game.

That wasn’t the plan, it appears.

Per multiple reports, coach Joe Philbin said an injury to third-string QB Pat Devlin was the reason for Moore’s return.

With just three quarterbacks on the roster, the Dolphins will have to add a passer if Devlin can’t play in Friday’s game at Jacksonville.

Here’s a few more observations and notes after the NFL’s preseason opener:

– Both clubs’ first-round picks got some valuable experience out of the Hall of Fame Game. Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan’s talent is obvious, and he could be tough to keep off the field. Cowboys center Travis Frederick got most of his work in the middle but also got a look at right guard.

– Cowboys RBs Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle both got plenty of opportunities in the opener, and each seem to fare well. Tanner racked up 59 yards on 10 carries, while Randle rushed for 70 yards on 13 attempts. Both played behind Lance Dunbar, who got four early carries and gave way to the other backs.

– When he held on to the ball, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was quite impressive in limited action. The question is, do the Dolphins have a capable backup for him?

– Neither team much played their front-line skill-position players in the opener. We know what Dallas’ offense can do. More needs to be learned about Miami, however. That said, the Dolphins need to protect Tannehill in the process.

– Initial impression from tonight: the Cowboys can probably get by just fine with two quarterbacks on the roster and either Nick Stephens or Alex Tanney on the practice squad.

– The Dolphins’ depth chart suggests a numbers crunch could be coming at tight end / fullback. Ex-Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez showed pretty well in some second-half action. It will be interesting to see whom the Dolphins keep at those spots.

– Give Cowboys reserve defensive end George Selvie credit: he produced on Sunday, notching a pair of sacks. He also lined up inside at least once.

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11 Responses to “Matt Moore re-entered game after Pat Devlin was shaken up”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 5, 2013 1:07 AM

    Philbin was trying hard to win this game. Went for it every fourth down, even kicked an onside kick. Who does that in preseason? Now says he had to put Moore back in. I’m calling BS on that one.

    Your team couldn’t beat the Cowboys third string and you stink again this year. Get over it.

  2. lostsok says: Aug 5, 2013 1:21 AM

    Jonas Gray has put Daniel Thomas–and maybe Gillislee–on notice. He’s serious about winning a job. Thomas looked just awful…

  3. hehateme2 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:23 AM

    It was sloppy. They both need more work.

  4. jaredo10 says: Aug 5, 2013 8:10 AM

    Gary Shelby and Jordan played very good tonight

  5. jaxdolfan says: Aug 5, 2013 8:18 AM

    The fins OL didn’t look very good.

  6. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Aug 5, 2013 9:40 AM

    According to that Cowboys fan’s comments you shouldn’t try and win the games. Don’t test out your special teams in the preseason. You sir, are an idiot.

  7. kurdonkar says: Aug 5, 2013 11:20 AM

    @dallascowboysdishingthereal, isn’t the preseason for practicing things you wouldn’t in a regular game unless you’re desperate? Philbin was embracing an opportunity to put some game-time pressure on his players with 4th and long or 4th and goal plays. If he was merely trying to win he would have taken the easy points. He also wouldn’t have been playing the likes of Julian Posey at CB.

  8. 1bigtex says: Aug 5, 2013 11:44 AM

    Well, Mr. Finkle, I would classify an idiot as anyone who believes that fairy tale from Coach Philbin about having to put Matt Moore back in because of injury. I’d have a great deal more respect for him if he’d just come out and admitted that he thought it was important to get his team a win and that he pulled out all the stops to try and do that.

  9. mmelidor says: Aug 5, 2013 12:15 PM

    Can not judge the success of a team based on a win or loss in the preseason, its not even about that, preseason is noting but a glorified practice if you measure your team success based on these games then my friend I hate to say it your really dont know football, preseason it about evaluations of personnel and to see what is consistent and what is not. Learn the game most teams that due very well in preseason dont do to well in the regular season so pay attention…

  10. rippincurls says: Aug 5, 2013 3:57 PM

    ” says:
    Aug 5, 2013 12:15 PM
    Can not judge the success of a team based on a win or loss in the preseason, its not even about that, preseason is noting but a glorified practice if you measure your team success based on these games then my friend I hate to say it your really dont know football, preseason it about evaluations of personnel and to see what is consistent and what is not. Learn the game most teams that due very well in preseason dont do to well in the regular season so pay attention…”

    Yes, I agree with mmelidor. Do you guys remember a few years ago when the Lions won every preseason game only to lose EVERY SINGLE REGULAR SEASON GAME? They even made preseason champions T-shirts.

     

  11. bluebongzilla says: Aug 5, 2013 9:49 PM

    “isn’t the preseason for practicing things you wouldn’t in a regular game unless you’re desperate?”

    Uhhh no, it’s almost entirely for player evaluation. Otherwise it’s to help players get in “game shape”. Teams routinely, ROUTINELY keep it vanilla. Practice trick plays in practice, away from other teams’ scouts. Why show those cards to the world in a preseason game?

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