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Tua Tagovailoa makes preseason debut in 15-13 loss to Raiders

Jarrett Stidham leads Las Vegas on TD drive on team's first possession
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa looks to pass in preseason game vs. Las Vegas Raiders, Aug. 20, 2022
Posted at 10:32 PM, Aug 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-20 22:34:49-04

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Quarterback Jarrett Stidham led the Raiders on a touchdown drive on the team’s first possession and Las Vegas defeated the Miami Dolphins 15-13 in Saturday's preseason game.

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa played in just two series in his preseason debut.

It was the first look at Tagovailoa in the Dolphins' new system after the team brought in former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel as the new head coach. Playing with most of his starters, Tagovailoa completed 6 of 8 passes for 58 yards.

Stidham completed 7 of 10 passes for 80 yards and was sacked once.

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel talks to QB Skylar Thompson during second half of preseason game vs. Las Vegas Raiders, Aug. 20, 2022
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel talks to quarterback Skylar Thompson during the second half of a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Raiders' touchdown came from a 12-play, 75-yard drive, which included passes of 14, 15 and 18 yards, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Zamir White, who could be the Raiders' No. 1 option to back up starter Josh Jacobs. Jacobs did not play.

Tagovailoa did not lead a touchdown drive, but he connected with tight end Durham Smythe for a 10-yard gain on his first throw of the game and found running back Chase Edmonds for a 17-yard gain on the next play. The Dolphins' offense looked unsettled on the drive, however, and was forced to punt.

Edmonds, acquired in the offseason, showed how important he could be in the Dolphins offense this season. He caught two passes on two targets for 21 yards and had just 3 rushing yards on three carries, but in his most impressive play, he caught a short pass from Tagovailoa and shed a Raiders defender to convert on third down.

Tagovailoa looked comfortable and had the time he needed to make his throws, but Miami got little production in the run game with its starters on the field. The Dolphins' most productive runner was backup Salvon Ahmed, who finished with 20 yards and five carries.

Veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater replaced Tagovailoa. On his first drive, he was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Bridgewater also made some impressive throws, including a 26-yard completion to rookie receiver Erik Ezukanma.

Miami Dolphins running back ZaQuandre White scores TD as Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Tashawn Bower late to make tackle in preseason game, Aug. 20, 2022
Miami Dolphins running back ZaQuandre White scores a touchdown as Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Tashawn Bower is late with the tackle during the second half of a preseason game, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Dolphins rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson, who impressed in his NFL debut last week, had another solid outing, throwing for more than 100 yards, including Miami's only touchdown — a 19-yard connection with rookie running back ZaQuandre White in the fourth quarter.

Nick Mullens replaced Stidham and was 6 of 9 for 39 yards.