Dolphins preview game 3 Vs Falcons


This is the so-called dress rehearsal game Dolphins Vs the Atlanta Falcons in Orlando. More time will be afforded to the first team even some play after the half with adjustments made. Typically the third games calls for game planing and expanding more of the plays that might be worked on going into the regular season however that might be dialed back more on that later.

The Dolphins have worked on red zone drills a lot in practice and it may have paid off last game in Dallas for the first team with Kenny Stills getting 2 TD’s and 3 other drops in the end zone by Jordan Cameron, Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker for the first half they played

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Something that has been worked on in practice this week leading up to this game Vs the Falcons is the running game so it will be nice to see an added bounce from just 13 yards rushing in the first half on nine running plays.

One other thing maybe even more important is tackling, this also got worked on this last week braking it down to the basics, however this seems to be a league wide thing as the CBA calls for only 22 practices that can be used with pads on. If this extra work pays off expect to see less than the 300 yards allowed rushing by the end of the first half last game Vs the Cowboys.

Phinjury Report:

• James Walker on Twitter: “Two interesting returns in #Dolphins practice today: RB Kenyan Drake and CB Chimdi Chekwa are participating.”

• DE Cameron Wake a game-time decision vs. Falcons

• Mike Pouncey has a hip injury keeping him out for the remainder of the preseason and potentially week one.



“The Falcons and coach Dan Quinn have demonstrated a somewhat ‘vanilla’ defense during the preseason, keeping some surprises in store for Tampa Bay week one. However, Quinn has toyed with several different linebacker and defensive line packages. Being the defensive minded coach that he is, look for the Falcons to dial-up a few exotic packages in order to throw off Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The most interesting may be the combination of Vic Beasley and Dwight Freeney. This grouping hasn’t been on display yet, but if Beasley is able to suit up it could be revealed soon.”-Ryan Hopkins

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Chris Chester, left guard. The Falcons faced the Dolphins in the third exhibition game last season and started Mike Person at left guard, James Stone at center and Chester at right guard.

Chester is the lone returner of the interior group that was manhandled.

The Dolphins held the Falcons to 2.1 yards rushing per carry, had six sacks, eight quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss.

Left guard Andy Levitre, center Alex Mack and Chester will face Miami defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Earl Mitchell.”-D. Orlando Ledbetter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Isaiah Pead Vs Damien Williams

A battle for 3rd string running back is heating up. Those in the Pead camp should look back at how Daniel Thomas panned out because this has a classic case of déjà vu written all over it. Those in the Williams camp have his blocking ability as the edge losing the overall running battle, however the fact that he is the only one sans Foster with this capability makes the room as a whole look bad and possibly replaceable.

Dolphins Matchups vs Atlanta

Sun Sentinel

Published on Aug 25, 2016

Dave Hyde is a Sun-Sentinel columnist. He talks about matchups expected in the Dolphins next preseason game against Atlanta.

Vanilla offense?

Armando Salguero brings up an interesting point he claims to know that the Dolphins have had internal conversations about not showing a lot to the Falcons in this upcoming game.

“Gase has gone through his playsheet and made certain that nothing he really, really likes will be run against the Falcons.


Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and 2014. The success his Seattle defenses had those years catapulted him to his current position. And in Atlanta Quinn runs a mirror image of what the Seahawks still run. Furthermore, the coaching connections that were forged during Quinn’s time in Seattle are still strong.

So the Dolphins don’t want to put anything on tape that the Seahawks might see works against a scheme of defense they run. That would allow them to work on such a play over the next couple of weeks. Secondly, the Dolphins don’t want to do anything on offense that might lead Quinn to suggest to his friends in Seattle any strategy for stopping the Dolphins.”-Armando Salguero miamiherald.

Other notes

Lets hope Omar’s observations are spot on because there may be some exotic packages coming at them as noted above.

Anthony Steen (career guard) has become the starting center for Miami. Talk about being thrown into the fire if he starts this coming game, while this takes place Jamil Douglas looks to be the odd man out at this point having started in emergency time last season.

Adam Gase says the Miami Dolphins OL may not be settled until the season or even into the season however Miami Dolphins rookie OL Laremy Tunsil: 90 snaps, zero QB pressures.

It seems that Jakeem Grant had been kept in wraps last game will we see the training wheels come off again like the Giants game?

Will we see Jarvis Landry high point a ball in the end zone? The Dolphins had worked all TC on end zone drills and we can see it paying off.

Can Jordan Cameron redeem himself and repeat last weeks effort but hang on to the ball this time with that quick slant open in the end zone play? The Dolphins have worked extensively with him in catching drills this week.