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Dolphins were shaky on defense Thursday night but it’s early

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Aug 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) attempts to bring down Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback David Rivers (27) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s only the first game of preseason. That is certainly one way to look at what the Dolphins defense did or didn’t do in the first half against the Buccaneers top offensive players.

Then again, on social media and on Miami sportsradio Friday, fans will be ready to fire everyone.

That’s what makes this time of the year fun.

And we at F.F.I. are ready to jump in by telling you: don’t write the defense’s obituary for 2018….yet.

Yes, the Bucs first team offense looked very good in the first quarter marching right down the field on their opening drive. Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed two dart passes to DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans and then RB Peyton Barber ripped off runs of nine and then, a five yards.

That set up:

So, six plays and 57 yards later, Tampa Bay was up 6-0.

And soon after, QB Jameis Winston took over and still against some of the Fins starters, was also able to move the ball and lead two more scoring drives for an eventual 16-3 first half lead. Winston finished 11-13 for 102 yards and QBR of 99.4.

The Fins didn’t have Cameron Wake dressed and second year DE Charles Harris wasn’t out there much, either. However, the linebacker and safety play as the first half went on wasn’t very good, either.

Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick was out there playing some corner and even lined up at safety later in the second quarter, too. He did have a nice pass breakup of a throw to Bucs rookie RB Ronald Jones.

So, all in all the Dolphins cannot be pleased by what they saw and didn’t get accomplished. However, it’s only the start to preseason and as things progress, then there can be more criticism, if the play doesn’t improve.

Still, you want all of the starters healthy and ready to go for September 9th when they host the Titans.

And the play on that day has to be sharper and more aggressive than what was out on the field in the first half Thursday night.

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