A 12-pack of notes, a day after the Dolphins’ 19-17 season-opening win at the Los Angeles Chargers:
• After missing Sunday’s game for an http://www.officialb...rsey-c-2_6.html undisclosed personal reason, Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is doing better and wants to resume playing immediately, according to a league source.
But Timmons must first meet with coach Adam Gase, and that meeting will help determine his Dolphins future.
In addition, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Timmons is scheduled to meet with doctors today to determine the “personal” issue.
Gase has said he will discuss the matter at his 3 p.m. news conference.
Timmons left the team on Saturday and Dolphins officials didn’t determine his whereabouts until Sunday morning.
Sunday’s absence snapped Timmons’ streak of 101 consecutive starts, most in the league among front seven defenders.
• Based on the naked eye, and some metrics from Pro Football Focus, the Dolphins’ young players had mixed results Sunday.
Cornerback Xavien Howard was targeted a league-high 13 times in Week 2 and allowed a league-high 10 receptions for 87 yards, including a key one on San Diego’s final drive that ended with a missed field goal. His overall grade of 46.8 ranked 62nd among all cornerbacks for week two.
While linebacker Mike Hull - forced into a major role - held up in the running game, he allowed all nine passes thrown against him to be caught for 95 yards. The targets, receptions and yards allowed were all the most for any linebacker in http://www.officialb...sey-c-1_14.html coverage for Week 2.
Even if Rey Maualuga eventually replaces Hull, pass coverage at middle linebacker remains an enormous concern. Maualuga was out with a hamstring injury Sunday.
Hull played all 58 of Miami’s defensive snaps. Rookie Chase Allen, who started alongside Hull and Kiko Alonso, played 13 snaps and had an 81.3 grade, third highest among Dolphins defenders.
Rookie first-rounder Charles Harris played 27 snaps and had one quarterback hurry. In all, a relatively quiet debut.
While PFF ranked Davon Godchaux poorly for the day, he appeared to be playing well. He logged 32 of Miami’s 58 defensive snaps - more than Jordan Phillips’ 21 - and was part of a Miami defense that limited the Chargers to 3.1 yards per carry.
• On offense, Laremy Tunsil earning a run-blocking grade of 80.5, according to PFF, which makes the top 20 among all tackles. But he struggled in pass protection, permitting three QB hurries and two sacks and a hit in 32 pass-blocking snaps. His overall grade of 45.7 ranked 44th of all tackles in Week 2.