Wednesday was a day of load management for three of the Dolphins’ biggest offseason acquisitions. On Friday, they showed fans why the team prioritized the trio with explosive receptions, impressive runs and stabilizing force on the offensive line.
On the aforementioned Jackson block, Edmonds showed the vision, patience and ability to put up blocks that made him a target for the Dolphins this offseason. A stuttering pitch drew a linebacker inside, then it was a pure acceleration to the edge, which Edmonds won for a big win.
Armstead had a lot of work today and his presence is so easy to identify. On a touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa in the red zone, the Dolphins defense pressured inside. That forced Armstead to tighten up and give his quarterback the extra tenth of a second to make the pitch.
Hill did what he does – creates separation and scares the defense. His suddenness was evident in red-zone work and his skill at changing direction can confuse defenders from the moment the ball is broken.
Speaking of separation and hard-hitting newcomers, I thought Cedrick Wilson Jr.’s feelings and instincts came through Friday during one-on-one. Some routes are harder to win than others due to defensive leverage, but Wilson has shown he can go where the defense is trying to keep him from going. And best of all, his routes always come back to the quarterback without drifting.