The Chargers lost a bunch of close games a year ago, and while they lost another one to start this season, a 24-21 decision at Denver on Monday night, they battled back to almost force overtime and pushed the spread as three-point dogs. Edge rusher Cameron Wake, who stayed in Miami, was the last to report. But, this may be our last season with them so we need to not take it for granted.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn does not agree. It would be easy to mention here that Jakeem Grant can't drop any punts in his first game since his hands became more trusted.
In fact, Ingram was particularly blunt Thursday when asked what problems Cutler poses: "None". Maybe he should be. Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett is out of Sunday's game with a knee issue. Williams is moving from nickel to outside corner, which means more snaps for fifth-round pick Desmond King.
Veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga still remains sidelined with a hamstring injury while wide receiver Jarvis Landry is on the questionable list along with center players- Mike Pouncey (knee), running back Jay Ajayi (knee), and cornerback/safety Walt Aikens (back). In their matchup a year ago, the Dolphins defeated the Chargers 31-24 as linebacker Kiko Alonso intercepted Philip Rivers' pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:01 left to give Miami the win. That same day, FAMU will be in action when they travel down to Tampa for a showdown with Tennessee State. LA had a late field goal attempt blocked, which sealed the game. Chargers have three Miami Hurricanes: WR Travis Benjamin will be in uniform, but S Rayshawn Jenkins has potential concussion and LB Denzel Perryman is injured. The Dolphins added a new punter and kicker, respectively, in rookie Matt Haack and former Pro Bowler Cody Parkey.
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Miami hired Adam Gase over Lynn two years ago, and ended up going to the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade. Does all the blame fall on Cutler and Gase here? No. Many experts have picks the Bucs to make the playoffs this season, led by third year quarterback Jameis Winston. James knows he'll have to pay attention to who is in front of him because the Chargers will switch defensive end assignments based on opposing formation or just feel. If Hull can begin to play more downhill, he'll be a key contributor for the Dolphins' defense this season.