Most of the top players for both teams were sitting out the preseason opener between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which allowed lower-on-the-depth-chart players an opportunity on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
Quarterback Skylar Thompson, the rookie seventh-round pick who got the start with Tua Tagovailoa among 20-plus Dolphins resting, went 10 for 12 for 122 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
His touchdown lifted Miami from a mostly lackluster first half, hitting Lynn Bowden open in the end zone on a double move for the 22-yard score. It came on the following play after cornerback Elijah Campbell intercepted a short pass to the flat, ripping the ball away from a receiver.
Linebacker Sam Eguaoven, who was having a rough night with missed tackles to this…
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