The Miami Dolphins wrap up their exhibition season tonight against the visiting Tennessee Titans and everyone will tell you it is completely meaningless. Unless you are fighting for a final roster spot.
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Tonight will mark the last appearance for a lot of players around the NFL including many on the Dolphins. Of those players, more than half will never get a chance at the NFL again. Which is why for some, tonight is as important as any game played thus far.
Those players on the bubble will get extensive action. Players like Cleyon Laing who the Dolphins signed out of the CFL. Laing and many just like him are not going to make their current rosters but they will have game tape for their agents to send other teams.
Film of tonight’s game will be seen by other clubs looking for practice squad players and those agents that were mentioned will send highlights to teams in the off-season in the hopes of landing a futures contract at season’s end. Or possible an invitation to training camp next season.
Most fans discount this final exhibition game as nothing more than a meaningless game to watch but their careers are not on the line.
Zac Dysert drew the start tonight for the Dolphins and will likely play into the third quarter before surrendering to 7th round rookie Brandon Doughty. The competition between them is close but it’s Dysert who has shown a tad bit more.
From quarterbacks to offensive lineman and defensive journeyman to no-name cornerbacks, the last hurrah, the final audition is being played out to a crowd who doesn’t care and an audience who will turn it off at half-time. While young ballers chase what remains of their childhood dream.
So raise a glass to those who got further than most of us and applaud their attempts and wish them well.