The Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. But, Miami did make it close down the stretch of the game. Here, we are going to revisit the five Dolphins players we thought could potentially hurt the Bills.
QB Jay Cutler
Cutler only played one series in the game, which resulted in a three and out. With nothing to play for, the Dolphins wanted to see the kind of players they had on their roster. Head coach Adam Gase opted to go with third-sting quarterback David Fales for the rest of the way.
RB Kenyan Drake
Drake broke a couple big runs in the game, but only gained 75 yards against the Buffalo defense. Drake was ejected for throwing Buffalo defensive end Ryan Davis’s helmet with about six minutes left to play in the game when the deficit seemed insurmountable. If Drake were able to finish the game, it could have been a very different ending for the Bills.
WR Jakeem Grant
The speedster only caught three balls for 26 yards. The majority of those yards came in the screen game, where Grant can be lethal in space. Grant also returned punts and nearly broke one for a big gain, but he was corralled by Buffalo’s special teams.
LB Kiko Alonso
Alonso posted five total tackles during the game Sunday. Alonso was also pretty close to earning himself a few personal fouls on some questionable tackles that could have easily been flagged as late hits. The linebacker hurt his neck in the second half (on what appeared to be an attempt to unnecessarily level tight end Charles Clay), and he was unable to return to the game.
DE Cameron Wake
Wake really did his best to keep the Bills out of the playoffs. On some plays, he was in the backfield pressuring quarterback Tyrod Taylor and forcing him to leave the pocket. Wake came into the game with nine sacks, searching for another double-digit sack season. The defensive end notched 1.5 sacks in the game, and he ended up with 10.5 for 2017.