Dolphins Preseason Game 1: What To Look For

How much will tackle Terron Armstead play in the Miami Dolphins first preseason game?
How much will tackle Terron Armstead play in the Miami Dolphins first preseason game? Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

How Much In The Dolphins Preseason Will Terron Armstead Play?

A big question in the Dolphins preseason will be how the offensive line plays. Miami has tried to give players like tackle Terron Armstead days off throughout training camp. Mike McDaniel’s caution is due to the fact that Armstead is recovering from a knee injury. Armstead, a three time Pro Bowler, hopes to be healthy for the entire season.

It makes sense to try and ease him back into things, especially considering Armstead’s injury history. The days Armstead practiced so far his side of the line looked stronger, according to reports. That raises the question of how much not his practicing hurts the lines continuity? Lines need time to grow together and not having your most important piece of it rest often cannot help it. Armstead playing and practicing more as the season draws closer makes coaches and players feel better about a long term issue for Miami.

How Much More Rope Noah Igbinoghene Have Left?

Byron Jones injury opened up an opportunity for the Dolphins 2020 first round pick Noah Igbinoghene. Igbinoghene stayed in former Head Coach Brian Flores’ doghouse, and Saturday may be his last chance. Tyreke Hill and Jaylen Waddle repeatedly beat him in the first two weeks of practice, according to reporters at training camp. His performance led to Keion Crossen being listed ahead of him on the depth chart.

If he fails to perform Igbinoghene may not be with Miami past this season. WIth Crossen’s performance in camp he now has fewer opportunities to do so. The Dolphins expect Jones to return week one , giving Igbinoghene the preseason and the rest of camp to prove himself.

Mike Gesicki’s Performance Worth Keeping An Eye On

Miami tight end Mike Gesicki has been known more as a receiver than a blocker. McDaniel values tight ends who block first, forcing Dolphins players to adjust to his scheme. How much does that change the teams evaluation of Gesicki’s play?

The question needs to be asked because Gesicki is playing on the franchise tag this year. The numbers he puts up determines what kind of contract he gets from the Dolphins or another team. With the majority of targets in the passing game going to Hill and Waddle can he adjust to his new role, and will he be happy with it?

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