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Ryan TannehillWe have reached that time of the year Dolphin fans, when pseudo-meaningful football will be played, and huzzah for that! The season always seems to take over a year to come back around, but here it is, well nearly anyway.

As everyone knows this preseason game is the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, where starters will play a full half at least, and many will play into the 3rd quarter, giving us a good look at what the team will look like going into the season, well nearly anyway.

The Dolphins have some significant players who are not playing right now, but no one would ever have thought that Jason Fox would be one of those names, at least on a secondary level. That's because Brandon Albert has not yet come back from last years injury, a very significant player, but Fox was filling that role until he came back, now Dallas Thomas will play LT for this game.

Did I mention that Thomas gave up 7 sacks in 5 games at RT last year? He was doing better at LG, but now that will be manned by Jamil Douglas, this years 4th round pick, who was not doing well at LG.

One of the regular posters on the site(Jammer) had a very funny solution, "roll out to the right on every play", you can't help but laugh, the best comedy is always grounded in reality.

There is a growing sentiment that Ryan Tannehill should not play in this game, started by Armando Salguero I believe, and I understand the sentiment, lets not get Tannehill injured. This will be a good test however, for the lineman, and for Tannehill, for all we know, this could be the starting line to begin the season.

There are also new WRs like Kenny Stills, and Greg Jennings, a new TE in Jordan Cameron(yes), or is it Cameron Jordan(no), why does there have to be 2 guys in the league with the same name only backwards? It's just confusing to us folks out here, but seriously, Tannehill has to get a feel for these new players, he hasn't got to work with Jennings or Stills much in games, and Stills has missed his fair share of practice as well. Getting a "rhythm" going with these players is very important.

This game means nothing in the standings, but it does mean a lot for a team that is trying to prepare for the season with a lot of new players, especially on offense, and considering how much Tannehill struggled to begin last year, I would think it's prudent to get him some "real" reps prior to the start of the season.

Just to be safe though, everyone light a candle for Ryan, it can't hurt.

I can't wait to watch some meaningful football saturday night, well nearly anyway.

 

Tristan

 

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