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Dolphins undrafted rookie linebacker Zach Vigil makes statement

The Miami Dolphins suffered a 27-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Thursday’s preseason opener. Despite the final score, there were several positives for the Dolphins.

Here is a look at several players who helped their stock:

1. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: The Dolphins couldn’t ask for more of Tannehill on Thursday. In his one series, Miami’s starting quarterback drove the Dolphins 85 yards for a touchdown. Tannehill completed 6-of-7 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown to receiver Jarvis Landry. Tannehill is having the best training camp of his career and that momentum carried into the game against Chicago.

2. Zach Vigil, linebacker: Miami’s undrafted rookie linebacker is proving to be a nice find so far. He’s had a solid camp and led the Dolphins on Thursday with five tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. Vigil stays around the football and also brings special teams value. With various injuries to linebackers Koa Misi (calf), Jordan Tripp (ankle) and Chris McCain (ankle), Vigil may get more important reps next week.

3. Starting offensive line: I’ve been harsh on this unit most of the offseason and all of training camp. So it’s only fair to give credit for the good job done by Miami’s offensive line in the preseason opener. Tannehill had seven dropbacks and wasn’t sacked or hit once in his only drive of the game. The pocket was mostly clean and running back Lamar Miller also was able to rush for 32 yards on three carries. It’s a small sample for the offensive line, but this performance was much improved compared to training camp.