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Dolphins host the Ravens- Three things to watch

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The Dolphins are back home for their third preseason game and in this one, it’s believed that the starters will play into the second half against Baltimore.

With that in mind, here are three things that we are watching for Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium:

Dolphins running back tandem on display

Fans, media, and even the coaching staff has been anxious to have both Kenyan Drake and new free agent Frank Gore on the field at the same time. As we wrote earlier this week, the 35 year old Gore, who signed a one year deal to come home, is eager to play for the first time in August.

He obviously doesn’t have anything to prove, but this will be Gore’s last opportunity to get some live contact, as the starters won’t be playing in the final preseason game.

And as an added benefit, Drake has embraced and talked about having the borderline Hall of Fame candidate mentor for he and the other young backs in the room, too.

Keep up the pass rush

Last week in Charlotte veteran Pro Bowler Robert Quinn (above) gave early validation to why Miami traded with the Rams for him. This as, he recorded two sacks of the Panthers Cam Newton in the first half.

Between Quinn, fellow Pro Bowl veteran Cam Wake, second year Charles Harris and others off the ends will try to generate some pass rush against one of the least mobile QBs in the NFL in Joe Flacco.

Known as a mostly pocket passer, the Fins have a great chance to disrupt Flacco and the Baltimore passing game.

And that leads us to…

Be ready for Lamar Jackson

The Ravens rookie QB has shown some flashes already of why the Ravens wanted to grab him in the first round. A native of Pompano Beach and a Heisman winner at Louisville, Jackson will be amped to get out and show his former home area what he can do in the NFL.

Jackson was just 7-15 for 49 yards passing on Monday night at the Colts, but added another 26 yards rushing on 4 carries. He also led a second quarter TD drive throwing a seven yard touchdown.

While he will not replace Flacco, barring injury, at any point soon, Jackson still is an exciting option that coach John Harbaugh might elect to use in certain situations and packages during the season. And, Miami may see some of that tonight.

Particularly for the back end of the defense, they better be ready to stay with the speedy quarterback, if he’s on the move.

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