Miami Dolphins Week 13 Stock Report

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IDecember 3, 2015

Miami Dolphins Week 13 Stock Report

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    The fat lady isn't singing, but she's definitely warming up.

    The Miami Dolphins dropped to 4-7 Sunday after losing to the New York Jets, 38-20, at MetLife Stadium. The loss puts the Dolphins two games back of the AFC Wild Card with five games left to play.

    It's no surprise, then, that the focus is already beginning to shift toward the offseason, the sweeping changes that are looming right around the corner and the total evaluation of the roster. That process can begin whenever the Dolphins want it to begin, because a lot of decisions are coming soon.

    Take this week, for example. The Dolphins got their doors blown off on the scoreboard, but not every player played a 38-20-caliber game. Here's a look at some of the players who helped and hurt the Dolphins on Sunday.

Stock Down: Brent Grimes

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    When the Dolphins built their secondary for the 2015 season, there were major questions about the strength of the depth chart. One spot that wasn't questioned much was the No. 1 spot, where Brent Grimes had been a cornerstone of the cornerback position, the secondary and the defense as a whole. 

    After 12 weeks of the 2015 season, it's clear that some cracks are developing in that cornerstone. Per Pro Football Focus, Grimes yielded nine completions for 131 yards and two touchdowns into his coverage against the Jets, with all of that damage coming at the hands of wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

    The 5'10" Grimes is obviously physically outmatched by the 6'3" Marshall, but Grimes has held his own against big-bodied receivers in the past. Sunday was not that kind of day for Grimes, though. He knew it, too, and he got on the bus before the media had a chance to ask him any questions about his rough outing.

Stock Up: Jarvis Landry

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    There are few players on the Dolphins offense that other general managers and head coaches would be dying to add to their own rosters, but Jarvis Landry is one of them. The Dolphins slot receiver is putting together an impressive follow-up to an impressive rookie season, and that continued Sunday.

    Landry was just about the only player on the Dolphins offense who did anything of note against the Jets, but boy did he deliver. He finished the game with 13 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown, but like the rest of the Dolphins offense, it took him a while to get in any kind of rhythm. He had five receptions for 61 yards on the Dolphins' final two drives.

    This season, Landry has 77 receptions for 818 yards and four touchdowns. He is just seven receptions and one touchdown away from matching his previous mark, and he's already exceeded last season's yardage total (758) by 60. 

    So long as Landry is still running routes, the Dolphins offense will always have at least one threat at its disposal. Unfortunately for Miami, one just isn't enough.

Stock Down: Rishard Matthews

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    What awful luck for Rishard Matthews. 

    The fourth-year wide receiver spent the first three seasons of his career largely being overlooked and passed over for opportunities, as the Dolphins exhausted almost every resource at their potential to ensure that he wouldn't be one of the top options in their passing attack. 

    He put on a clinic at training camp, though, and fought his way into a bigger role in the offense. He's taken advantage of the opportunity by putting up 43 receptions for 662 yards and four touchdowns, the best numbers he's posted in a single season in his career. That's about as much as you can ask for in a contract year.

    And then, he got injured. According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, Matthews suffered "multiple fractured ribs" Sunday, and there's "no clear timetable for his return." With just five games left in the regular season, the Dolphins might not see Matthews again in 2015, which means they might not see him again at all.

Stock Up: Olivier Vernon

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    The Dolphins pass rush has languished all season, but one player stepping up is defensive end Olivier Vernon. 

    According to Pro Football Focus, he finished Sunday's game with eight total pressures (four hurries, three hits and one sack), but there wasn't much he could have done on his own to slow down the Jets offense. He was the only one to get a sack, and one of only two players (along with Ndamukong Suh) to even get a hit on Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Over the past three games, Vernon has registered 21 total pressures (seven hurries, 12 hits, two sacks) and has really elevated his game in the absence of Cameron Wake. His speed off the edge has been too much for opposing offensive tackles to handle; he ranks 13th out of 52 4-3 defensive ends in Pro Football Focus' pass-rushing productivity metric. 

    Vernon is in a contract year, and the way he's played, he'll have no problem getting a nice mid-level contract, maybe even a top-dollar deal from a desperate team.

Stock Down: Bill Lazor, Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins Offense

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    The offense has just been too horrific to narrow it down to one guy. It's gotten so bad that Miami relieved Bill Lazor of his duties Monday and replaced him with Zac Taylor. And why not? The Dolphins scored a measly seven points before putting up 13 more in garbage time after falling behind 35-7. They have not scored more than 20 points since putting up 44 against the Houston Texans in Week 7. 

    Some of the blame rightfully goes to the play-calling, but some of it also falls on the players. 

    Ryan Tannehill finished 33-of-58 passing (56.7) for 351 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and an 84.8 passer rating. Most of those numbers were posted in garbage time, though, with Tannehill going 14-of-23 (60.9) for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes of the game, after the Dolphins had already fallen behind by four touchdowns.

    With wide receiver Rishard Matthews out, the only offensive player the Dolphins can rely on is now Jarvis Landry. Unless the coaching staff can find ways to manufacture big plays despite the roster deficiencies, the Dolphins offense is destined to continue with these struggles until major changes are made. 


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