The Dolphins have headed north to the capital of the South, Atlanta to finish off their 2018 preseason. And if the case is with every NFL team, decisions have to be made and cuts are upcoming.
With that in mind here are three things we are watching for tonight.
How does backup quarterback shake out?
There’s no doubt that Ryan Tannehill is the starter in the regular season begins September the 9th. There is doubt as to who The Back-up is going to be. Veteran Brock Osweiler was brought in, in part because of his familiarity with Adam Gase’s system, and he would be the likely choice, as the second string quarterback.
However, Osweiler was shaky last week against the Ravens completing just 5-7 passes for 23 yards with an interception and was sacked three times. Hardly numbers that are making anyone observing this say “yes, he’s the solid backup.”
Mean wild third string quarterback David Fales wasn’t much better at 5-10 for 63 yards and a pick against Baltimore, and he has looked equally as shaky in the preseason.
The good news for Osweiler and Fales is that the fourth quarterback option, veteran Bryce Petty, is still suffering from an oblique injury and the Dolphins aren’t likely to keep four QBs.
Will Osweiler see a little bit of time in the finale tonight? Fales should get a lengthy look, as well.
Competition at wide receiver
The Finns have the first three slots sewn up between Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. However, with underachieving veteran DeVante Parker out with a broken finger and his status is up in the air, that opens the door for reserves Jakeem Grant, Leonte Carroo, and Isaiah Ford to have a real shot to make the roster.
Grant probably has the edge because he’s an excellent kick returner. However, will one of the other reserves stand out in his final game with the Falcons?
Finally, who wins The Kicking job?
As we have documented Miami will have a different kicker to start the year for the third straight season. An interestingly, the battle all camp long has been between a pair of rookies. Jason Sanders from New Mexico, whom Miami drafted and Greg Joseph a regional favorite from FAU, have both had opportunities.
Sanders continues to be the first kicker that the Dolphins send out and he kicked the extra point and a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter against Baltimore last week.
Joseph is solid as well and has made a couple of long ones during preseason games in 2018, too.
The Dolphins will have to settle on one of them to win the job, and it may come down to who makes or misses their kicks in the comfort of the indoor Mercedes Benz Stadium in this final preseason game.
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