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Dolphins lose in Hard Rock Stadium debut

Ajayi struggles in preseason finale

Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi fumbled and dropped a pass Thursday night.
Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi fumbled and dropped a pass Thursday night.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Dolphins debuted their renovated stadium, but running back Jay Ajayi disappointed as Miami lost its preseason finale to the Titans 21-10 Thursday night.

Ajayi fumbled on the first play of scrimmage and also dropped a pass later in the first quarter.

"I was a little disappointed he put the ball on the ground," head coach Adam Gase said. "I don't think we've had the ball on the ground the entire preseason as far as the running backs. I expect better from him. I have higher standards for him."

Ajayi finished with three carries for 13 rushing yards and could lose the starting running back job to newcomer Arian Foster, who skipped the game, along with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the starters.

Rookie quarterback Brandon Doughty, who played high school football in South Florida, completed 8 of 12 passes for 98 yards.

Doughty was a seventh-round draft pick, but his status with the team remains unsettled.

"I was kind of saying my goodbyes to some of these guys in case something happens," he said. "I'm really hoping that I make the 53(-man roster)."