The Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons will take the field at the Georgia Dome on Friday night to start the preseason.
As is the norm with preseason games, the starters should not be expected to see much action. Especially in the first preseason game of the year, it's likely that quarterback Ryan Tannehill will see a few series at most behind center.
Tannehill will not be alone in that regard as most, if not all of his supporting cast will also head to the sidelines early on. This game is more about getting a look at the players who will serve as depth in the upcoming season. It also serves as a way to begin getting the starting players into regular game strength and focus.
The Dolphins are trying to find out who will make the final cut when the time comes and training camp can only tell the team so much. There are question marks at wide receiver and tight end in terms of depth. Several players including Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry will be given an opportunity to show they belong on the final squad.
The Falcons will almost certainly restrain their starters to only a few series as well. Those competing for spots on the defense for Miami however, will be watched closely regardless of who is on the field for Atlanta.
The game itself means nothing, and the final score will be forgotten. For several players however, these games are of the utmost importance. Their effort and skill in this first preseason game could ultimately decide if they are at Sun Life Stadium on September 7th for the beginning of the regular season.
Friday's game in Atlanta will take place at 7:00 p.m.