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Intact Miami Dolphins defense in midseason form

 
 
Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) wraps up Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson during the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Aug. 9, 2013.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) wraps up Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson during the first quarter of their game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Aug. 9, 2013.
Joe Rimkus Jr. / Staff Photo

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Cameron Wake should be just fine this year. And if Friday night was any indication, the same goes for the rest of the Dolphins’ defense.

Miami allowed just 14 yards of offense and one first down in three defensive series, utterly dominating the Jaguars’ first-string offense.

And while Wake officially had just one tackle — viciously stopping Denard Robinson (from Deerfield Beach) for a loss of 2 — he was also effective in coverage, had a quarterback pressure and held the edge effectively when the Jaguars tried to go wide. Wake was an All-Pro a year ago, tallying a career-high 15 sacks.

Overall, it was an impressive showing for a group that was nearly whole for the first time this preseason. Jared Odrick (groin) and Dannell Ellerbe (undisclosed) both missed the Hall of Fame game, but were in the starting lineup Friday.

Ellerbe had three tackles, including one for loss against the Jaguars. Randy Starks (knee) missed his second consecutive game.

Slippery hands

The Dolphins keep trying to give Marcus Thigpen competition at returner, but no one seems to want to step up and take the job from him.

Mike Gillislee was back for the opening kickoff, but bobbled the ball and had to take a touchback. Chad Bumphis was back to field punts in the first quarter, and put one on the turf, too, (although he recovered it).

These miscues came the week after De’Andre Presley muffed a punt. Thigpen didn’t dress last week because of a minor injury, but was back in uniform. He fair-caught his only opportunity in the first half.

Playing keepaway

Jeff Ireland signed Brent Grimes and drafted three cornerbacks to bolster the Dolphins’ secondary.

But it was Nolan Carroll — one of the team’s longest-tenured defensive backs, now in his third season — who came up with the team’s first turnover of the preseason.

Carroll, working with the second-team defense, zeroed in on a deflected pass thrown by Blaine Gabbert and returned it 22 yards. It was the final pass of the game for Gabbert, who went 5 of 10 for 19 yards. His quarterback rating was 16.7.

Dimitri Patterson and Richard Marshall, who are battling for the No. 1 job opposite Brent Grimes, both technically got the start at corner, as Miami opened in nickel.

Will Davis intercepted Jaguars third-stringer Mike Kafka in the third quarter.

NOTABLE

•  Caleb Sturgis nailed a 58-yard field goal on his first pro attempt and had two early touchbacks. He’s competing with Dan Carpenter for the team’s kicking job.

• Along Starks, John Jerry (knee), Kyle Miller (undisclosed), Jamar Taylor (hernia) and Lance Louis (knee) all missed the game.

•  Chris Clemons walked to the locker room in first quarter. It was unclear what his issue was; the Dolphins do not announce injuries during the preseason.

•  Michael Clay recovered a fumbled Jaguars’ punt in the third quarter.

• Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (from FIU) did not play.

•  Mike Pouncey Reshad Jones Brandon Fields

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