One thing we’ve all learned about the NFL, most teams and coaches will go to great lengths and methods to not tell you their thinking/plans or equally as common, spread their own “disinformation” about their team.
So, on Sunday when the Dolphins released their first depth chart for their upcoming preseason debut with the Bucs on Thursday, some was informative and some you have to snicker at.
As Joe Schad of Palm Beach Post detailed, there are some familiar names starting and then some eyebrow raising ones, too:
Miami Dolphins first 2018 depth chart. What jumps off the page https://t.co/n1oYtTXwVX
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 5, 2018
It’s a given that QB Ryan Tannehill is listed as the starter, but free agent acquisition Brock Osweiler and David Fales are list both as the backup. As we wrote last week, it appears that Fales is looking good to see significant playing time this preseason due to his play. However, as will be the case with a lot of the position battles, which ever QB is the first one off the bench Thursday will be an indication of who coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains really like right now.
At running back, incumbent Kenyan Drake and new free agent Frank Gore were both listed as starters in the backfield. And both will likely see playing time with starters early against Tampa Bay. It will also be of note to watch whether rookie Kalen Ballage from Arizona State will see action in the first half, also.
Now, here’s some of silliness, as at tight end, Miami almost comically listed rookie second round pick Mike Gesicki as fifth string Sunday. Yes, the same Gesicki who took first team reps on Friday and Saturday. Yet, MarQueis Gray, A.J. Derby and Gavin Escobar are listed in front of the former Penn State star.
Again, we’ll find out more Thursday night, but it would stunning if Gesicki doesn’t play in the first half with the first or second teams.
Defensively, the Dolphins went pretty straightforward with the depth chart. Interestingly, LB Raekwon McMillian, off a season ending injury in preseason game one last year, is installed as a starter on Thursday night.
And the Fins do have a kicking battle, yet again, in camp. Jason Sanders, whom they drafted in the seventh round from New Mexico is listed #1 on the depth chart. Meanwhile, FAU rookie free agent Greg Joseph will also see action. This battle may come down to whom kicks off deeper and better.
Again, every team has to put out a depth chart this week before getting underway, and it’s all subject to change.
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