Salvon Ahmed, Jaelan Phillips Set to Star In Preseason Week 2

Salvon Ahmed

The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons will be playing this Saturday in Miami for each their second preseason outing this year. Both teams will be looking for their first preseason win of 2021, and another chance to see some of the younger players on their roster, some fighting for a roster spot. For the Dolphins, there may be a couple of hidden gems on a very young and up-and-coming team, and guys like Salvon Ahmed made plays last week in Chicago. Some players, like Jaelan Phillips will also be getting their first taste of action of 2021 and are looking to make an immediate impact on the field. With Tua Tagovailoa entering his second season, and a top ten defense, Miami is ready for that next step.

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Salvon Ahmed, Jaelan Phillips To See the Spotlight Against Atlanta Falcons

1. Salvon Ahmed- RB-#26

Ahmed started to come onto the scene a little bit last year and continued that on Saturday. He finished with six carries for 40 yards, and also caught a 30-yard touchdown from quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Ahmed is entering his second NFL season after going undrafted in 2020. The Dolphins claimed him after the San Francisco 49ers released him, and Miami promoted him to the active roster early in the season. He made his official NFL debut in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals where he had seven carries for 38 yards. The 5′-11″, 197-pound back relies on his speed and elusiveness to blow past defenders, and his ability to catch out of the backfield is a huge plus for this offense. In Week 15 last year, Ahmed had his breakout game with 122 yards on 23 carries.

Although Ahmed isn’t necessarily the featured back, he made a strong case last week on why the Dolphins should maybe play him more often. Miami has a pretty thin running back group, and Ahmed could maybe become that number one guy in 2021.

2. Jaelan Phillips- OLB/DE-#15

The second of Miami’s first-round picks will be making his official NFL debut Saturday night after being sidelined with a minor injury. Before getting injured, Phillips was lighting it up in training camp, and will now get to show off against Atlanta.

Phillips was the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft coming out of the University of Miami. He started his collegiate career at UCLA in 2017 and in 2018 only played in four games due to injuries. Phillips was also in a major scooter accident, where a car had hit him forcing him to medically retire in the winter of 2018. He would then go to the University of Miami in 2019, where he eventually would not give up his football dream and played for the Hurricanes in 2020 where he made an immediate impact recording eight sacks and even an interception.

Philips has all the tools to succeed in the NFL, and he could eventually become that premier pass rusher the Dolphins have been looking for since Cameron Wake. Measuring in at 6’5″, 260 pounds with freakish speed, the Dolphins are hoping they got their pass rusher for the next ten years, and fans will finally get a little taste of that Saturday evening.

The Falcons are in Miami Thursday and Friday for joint practices before playing Saturday at 7:00 PM.

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