Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

LONDON -- The Miami Dolphins improved to 2-2 with an important win over the Oakland Raiders (0-4).

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and falling during the bye week:


1. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: No Miami player had a tougher week of preparation than Tannehill. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin refused to publicly back Tannehill for the first time in two years, which led to national headlines and speculation that the quarterback could be benched at any time. Tannehill blocked out the distractions and played one of his best games against Oakland. He threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in three-and-a-half quarters in the blowout victory. There are no questions about Tannehill’s status heading into the bye week.

2. Dolphins' secondary: This group has been essentially missing in action all season when it came to big plays. Miami’s defensive backs had zero interceptions in three regular-season games and the preseason. However, turnovers for this group came in bunches Sunday. Dolphins defensive backs Brent Grimes, Jimmy Wilson and Walt Aikens all had interceptions and cornerback Cortland Finnegan also returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown. The four forced turnovers were a season high for Miami and all came from the secondary.

3. Lamar Miller, running back: Miller is quietly putting together the best season of his career. He rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. His best run was for 21 yards. Miller is breaking more tackles and getting to the second level more often in his third season. He is averaging 5.7 yards per carry this season. Bill Lazor’s offense appears to be a good fit for his skills.


1. Ball security: Even in victory, the Dolphins had three turnovers. Miami’s two fumbles by Miller and rookie receiver Jarvis Landry and late interception by Tannehill were masked by the blowout win. But the Dolphins know you can’t have a trio turnovers and expect to beat the good teams in the NFL. In fact, Miami’s turnovers have been an issue all season. It’s one of the reasons the Dolphins are only a .500 ball club.

2. Pass rush: The Raiders are an awful team. Still, the Dolphins didn’t generate much pass rush against Oakland. Backup defensive end Derrick Shelby recorded two hustle sacks in the game, and that was it from Miami’s defense. The Raiders' quarterbacks, Derek Carr and Matt McGloin, otherwise had a clean pocket. The Dolphins need more consistent pressure from their blitz packages and four-man rush.

3. Jarvis Landry, punt returner: As we mentioned earlier, Landry had one of Miami’s three turnovers. Landry fumbled a punt for the second time in four games, and it may be time to pull the plug on that experiment. Landry averages only 5.7 yards per return and has two fumbles. With Marcus Thigpen back on the 53-man roster, it may be time for Miami to consider going back to its usual punt returner after the bye week.