The Miami Dolphins will once again take the field Thursday night, as they get set to host the Baltimore Ravens. So far, it has a been a chaotic preseason for the Phins with the injury bug hitting hard.
As you are likely aware, QB Ryan Tannehill is done for the entire season. The Dolphins also lost rookie second-round pick Raekwon McMillan to a knee injury in the first preseason game and cornerback Tony Lippett, who tore an Achilles tendon, earlier this week.
With all that said, there still is plenty to see from the Dolphins, though. Jay Cutler will make his debut, we could see more from rookie Charles Harris, and who’s ready to step up at various openings on the team?
Cutler is set to make his first appearance since signing with the team a week and half ago. Expectations should be tempered though in his first action. Don’t expect to see too much. Cutler will probably look to get into a rhythm with quick easy passes getting the feel back and adjusting to game speed.
Meanwhile, Harris was drafted to get sacks, but could we see some of him in coverage?
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated did write previously about his great linebacker drills, “brilliant in linebacker coverage drills. He covers a lot of ground with his stride, and he has natural movements dropping and turning. Harris showed a decent baseline when asked to drop at Missouri.”
With the injuries at the position could we see Harris drop back a tad more now?
Finally, who will step up from these injuries? At corner, it looks like former pro bowler, Alterraun Verner will now play a key role. But, who else steps up between Lafayette Pitts, Jordan Lucas amongst others?
At linebacker, with McMillan gone, can Mike Hull show that he is ready for the MLB role? Or will the Dolphins be forced to sign a veteran? They did work out Rey Maualuga this week.
All in all, a lot to watch for Miami’s second exhibition game.