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Jim Mandich's take: 'Jason Taylor looks magnificent'
Well, we are finally underway as the preseason has started. It was a 12-9 snoozer of a game as the Miami Dolphins beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was a typical exhibition game.
There were penalties and more penalties, and then just for good measure a few more flags. Oh, and we also had a tropical shower hit us, which made the field extremely muddy and cruddy. The overall outcome of the game is minimal, but we can make some keen observations regarding some individuals.
There were winners and some losers on Monday night. Let's start with a guy who we all know really well down here. I thought he was the best player on the field on either side -- Number 99! Jason Taylor looks magnificent. He has bulked up and I'll tell you what, he has not lost a step. He is motivated and determined. I love that.
Sean Smith jumped out to me. The rookie looked comfortable. He had an interception on a marvelous adjustment in the back of the end zone. If your penciling in someone opposite Will Allen at cornerback right now -- Smith is the guy. His rookie teammate Vontae Davis has some work to do. All the physical gifts are there, but he just needs some time to put it all together, and I think he will. Vontae has tremendous make-up speed, which a cover corner needs in this league.
Eric Green is suspect. It was a rough debut for the free agent from the Arizona Cardinals.
How about the quarterbacks? For Chad Pennington it was just a warm-up for him. He'll be fine. No worries. He got a few snaps and then turned things over to the quarterback of the future -- Chad Henne, who had a pretty good performance. Maybe a B to B+. He threw the only touchdown of the game, but also a bad decision on an interception and some clock-management issues around the goal line. And finally it was Pat White's turn. He impressed me his feet, but also with how accurately he threw the football. It was fun to watch. There will be more to come on Saturday against the Carolina Panthers.
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