The Miami Dolphins will close out their preseason schedule on Thursday with a game against the Tennessee Titans.
Miami is 2-1 thus far in the preseason and this will be the first time they take the field at the new-look Hard Rock Stadium. After playing a home game in Orlando last week, the Dolphins will be able to test out their renovated home field. Miami has installed all new grass along with a myriad of other changes.
With this being the final preseason game, many roster decisions have already been made. This is now a final tune-up for players, but not an extended look for expected starters. The Dolphins will use this as an opportunity to keep their reserves in game-ready form and get them prepared for the regular season.
The Dolphins have at least one decision to make and it is a spot that they likely did not expect to need to ponder about. Matt Moore is recovering from a concussion and Miami may need a new backup quarterback for the start of the season. This game could end that discussion with leading candidate Zac Dysert expected to see a good deal of work. Brandon Doughty should also see plenty of action.
Miami's offensive line did a great job of protecting Ryan Tannehill last week in his extended time on the field. The starters should once again see some playing time to stay focused, but could head off the field qucikly to avoid injury problems. With Moore already sidelined, it is imperative that the OL does a good job of protecting the passers again.
The Dolphins will keep a close eye on their defense as well. It has not been the strongest of preseasons for Miami's much-talked about defense. Even though the reserve players should see most of the plays, the Dolphins need to see some better play from the other side of the ball.
Thursday's preseason finale is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 p.m.