Most times the fourth preseason game is a lackluster affair that doesn’t amount to much. This game seems to have many factors that are not usually seen and will be covered here.
Diehard Dolphins fans will be watching this preseason game regardless, others might only care when more starters play, however enough starters and or potential starters should be playing to perhaps make it an interesting affair.
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As far as potential starters the top of the list would have to go to Xavien Howard who the Dolphins seem to be counting on to contribute right away for the first regular season game. This is almost unheard of for a newly drafted player to miss most of the training camp practices and all of the preseason games save this one tonight. Long gone are the days when players have three seasons to prove their worth although some front offices still overplay that hand which is better known as dead weight.
Can thrusting a player to start with no previous NFL experience work? We just saw it work with Anthony Steen who filled in at center last game. With any luck Xavien Howard will preform just as admirably in the game tonight after all he is drawing accolades from many in the know and the vast scouting background that new GM Chris Grier has certainly helps, we can only hope that the front office has their ears open to him.
A few things to watch will be our running game and whether the offensive line can run block better than they have the last few preseason games, also the effectiveness of Kenyan Drake who is in the same situation described above for Xavien Howard only he is playing to showcase being used as the third running back
Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake Excited to Play Thursday
Published on Aug 31, 2016
Dolphins’ rookie running back Kenyan Drake said he’s excited to play in the preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans.
One thing that might hamper watching tonight’s running game is what is being decided for the third quarterback position between Brandon Doughty and Zac Dysert. Head coach Adam Gase has seemed to confirm that these two will have even playing time to battle it out just themselves this whole game so we might be seeing passes flung all over the field. Whether this might be a ploy to get better play from them is unknown as it comes down to if the team will carry three quarterbacks this season when they almost never do so.
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Jordan Cameron and the TE play: More play from this position seems to fit from how this game is shaping up. Jordan Cameron has had a good week of practice but there is no indication if he will play.
Something else to get excited about: Jakeem Grant he hasn’t gotten much playing time the last few games we might see more play.
Also those attending the game get to see the newly enclosed stadium however there is now a hurricane (Hermine) churning in the Gulf so it may be a test of how weatherproof the new place is.