It has been a eventful week for the Miami Dolphins off the field. Now it is time to get back to football with tonight's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Here are some things to look for during tonight's game.
Will Matt Moore show he should be the starter week 1? : David Garrard was number one of the Dolphins' depth chart before having knee surgery last week. Now with Garrard likely out for the remainder of the preseason, the battle is down to Tannehill and Moore. Moore was 7-of-12 passing for 79 yards, but he did have a interception. I believe Moore will really have to have a great preseason if he wants to start week one.
The play of Ryan Tannahill: According to the Miami Herald, Ryan Tannehill will start Friday night’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. No one should be surprised that Tannahill had a very good first preseason game in the NFL. He does know the offense better than any one on the Dolphin roster because offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was his head coach at Texas A&M. Tannahill was 14-of-21 passing last week for 167 yards and a touchdown. With David Garrard out more than likely for the rest of the preseason, this is the best time for Tannahill to make his case for starting week one against the Houston Texans. If Moore and Tannahill's play is even going to camp, expect Tannahill to start against the Texans.
The State of the Dolphins receivers: Some people believe Chad Johnson was on the verge of being cut anyway before his arrest. Now that Johnson is no longer on ther roster, the question is, who will be the starters in week one? Legedu Naanee and Davone Bess seem to be the two favorites to start the season at the receiver position. Marlon Moore, Jeff Fuller, Rishard Matthews, Roberto Wallace, Brian Hartline, B.J. Cunningham, Chris Hogan, and Clyde Gates all compete for the remaining sports at roster spots.
The Defense must improve from last week's game against Tampa Bay:
There were a number of missed tackles and technique by starters. Tampa Bay Buccaneers converted on 8 of 15 third downs. Tampa Bay was also 5 for 5 on third down with Miami's starters on the field. This has improve by week one because the Dolphins will be going against Arian Foster and the great running attack of the Houston Texans. Tonight will provide a test for the defense because the Panthers maybe have the best rushing attack in the NFL.