The Miami Dolphins kicked off the preseason with a sloppy effort in a 24-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Although many of the Dolphins starters either didn't suit up or only played a handful of series, the overall performance was disappointing. Their tackling and redzone offense were poor, and they lost the turnover battle. However, its best that the team plays at their worst now and works out the kinks, rather then when the games count.
While the result was meaningless, the game meant a lot to players on the roster bubble who were given the opportunity to prove themselves. Some players took advantage of the extra playing time and saw their stock rise. On the otherhand, some players really struggled and ultimately took a step back.
Here are five players that stood out in the exhibition loss, seeing their stock increase or decrease as a result:
WR Chad Bumphis
Bumphis, an undrafted rookie, turned in an impressive performance against Dallas after a solid two weeks of camp, finishing with 85 yards on 5 receptions. Despite his lack of size and speed, he showed his ability to get open as evident on his 45 yard catch and run. While he was at fault for a pick 6 that he tipped into the air, that mistake can be easily corrected. Although Bumphis still has a lot to prove as the preseason progresses, his performance in the Hall of Fame Game should not be overlooked. He has a legitimate shot at making the roster if he shows consistency.
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