Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The third preseason game is usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season and the Dolphins aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel this weekend. Ryan Tannehill is one of the players who is looking forward to the extensive playing time.
“Yeah it’s fun, getting back into the swing of things,” Tannehill said after practice Wednesday. “Early in preseason, you don’t really prepare like a real game, you’re still practicing training camp every day and, then at the end of the week, you go and throw a game plan together. This week, we treated it more like a game week as far as our scheduling, our practice times, our meeting schedule. It’s been fun getting into the new style, the new way.”
In two games, Tannehill has played a total of four offensive series, which has led to a total of ten points. It is expected that Tannehill and the starters will play the entire first half along with one or two series in the third quarter after making halftime adjustments.
“It’s definitely the next step in the preseason,” Tannehill said. “It’s the most game-like. It’s the game where the starters will get the most playing time out of the entire preseason. It doesn’t really count, but it matters. It matters to us and the progression we make as a team as far as getting better. It’s our last chance before we play for real.”
After the Dolphins play the Cowboys, they will play the St. Louis Rams on August 28. The starters are expected to only play one or two series in that game, if they play at all. The fourth preseason game is usually for those who are on the roster bubble.