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Live blog of preseason home opener right here

Preseason football in South Florida: The constant threat of rain -- it's already showed. The humidity. The baseball infield.

Awesome!

Let's hang! There will be a live blog of the Dolphins' 2011 preseason home debut right here starting at 7:30. I'll come back in a little while and tell you which players -- other than Jake Long -- will not play tonight. I'll be interested to see whether/how long Will Allen plays tonight after missing most of the past 21 months with various injuries.

[Update: The Dolphins are announcing Jared Odrick replaces Randy Starks in the starting lineup tonight. Allen will not play.  LB Austin Spitler, G Garrett Chisolm, T Ray Willis, OL Joe Berger, T Jake Long and TE Mickey Shuler are also scratched.]

Things to look for tonight -- other than Chad Henne's performance of course?

Dolphins linebackers versus Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey. The Dolphins are going to face very good tight end play in the regular season opener against New England. They have a history of struggling against tight ends in the past. Let's see how Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett, and to some degree strong safety Yeremiah Bell fare tonight.

I want to see if Phillip Livas, who opened eyes last week with a 75-yard punt return, can show some consistency or if that was one-time luck. I'm not saying Livas needs to take another one to the house. I am saying he needs to show wiggle, ability to make the first guy miss consistently, and then acceleration past the second tackler. Blocking is supposed to take care of the rest.

I want to see if Matt Moore can show the spark again this week that he showed against Atlanta.

I want to see progress from center Mike Pouncey individually and then some clue that the offensive line is coming together as a group.

I want to see Anthony Fasano catch the ball rather than have the ball boink off his hands.

I want to see the front seven on defense stop the run, something they struggled to do last week at Atlanta.

And, obviously, I want to see a win. There is no substitute for victory.

 

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big gain after hit

Nice block by Lydon Murtha on the left side on Bush run.

Reggie, Reggie!!

Wow awesome! thanks

Who is calling the game on the Dolphin's broadcast? I hear Cefalo, Rose, but some other guy is doing the play-by-play.

???

So don't pass to an open Marshall. Right

Lots of Marshall slants, I like

Great block?

Oh, on the left...

call me Snake

Griese is totally biased, trying to stroke Henne into orgasm.

Incompletion to Hartline was terrible not because the pass was overthrown, but because Marshall lined up in the slot and NOBODY covered him. He was alone 20 yards downfield and Henne didn't throw to him.

Good call Ref!

Bush For President!!

Henne is not accurate deep!

Expect a pass to TE

I have to say I'm getting really tired of Hartline throwing his hands up anytime he and Henne don't connect. Seems a little immature, he has some growing up to do.

LOL @ Snake...

Good blocking o line right side

So glad that infield is gonna be gone soon..

Lydon Murtha holding. His second penalty.

I can vote for that one B12...

Hurry back Jake!!

Especially when Hartline just fumbled but the holding penalty just saved him!

WOW!! VERY HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!

KEEP IT GOING GUYS!

Reggie Bush is moving!

Slants kill the defense, NE does it all the time

Gut up and score

I've seen enough Reggie for today!!!!!

You need Long in there to judge this team

Thats what i'm takin bout Mando...

Is Tony chewing the same gum from last year?

Good call Ref!

This looks great. I'm ready to blow my neighbor.

Daniel Thomas isn't exactly moving the pile. Looked kind of tentative on second down run.

Miami fans are not morons.

Posted by: Armando Salguero

I beg to differ, have you been looking at some of the fans in the seats? Yikes!

Brainless play calling..

Henning back?

Polite

There we go !!!!

Does Daniel Thomas look any good at all????? Seriously, in the last two games hes averaged a yard a carry. IF even

wow this goal line series was embarassing

fist pump!

Run blocking still needs work. But finally knock it in!!!!!!

Death to the first pump FG!

Armando, were we better to sign Bush/Mcgahee and draft TE/QB/OL instead of Daniel Thomas

They want the o line to step up and make it happen

I'm swallowing tonight!

did everyone see that fist pump? hahaa

Sure glad we traded up to get this big bruiser of a RB who we take out and put in an undrafted RB to finish a 1 yard td run

Bush looking good, way to punch it in..

Snake, obviously early on this but Thomas has been ordinary so far.

Good drive and they punched it in

During the season, I'll scream at my TV if they try that goal line play calling again. However, at this juncture in the season, I think it sent a much needed message to the O-line.

Hey, this is Pre Season, they wanted the O line and Daniel Thomas to push it in. Good calls but my boy Hilliard got it finished

So far the headline being written is about the o-lines mistakes. Maybe we won't have to hear about Henne for one day, yippee!

Good Job Offense, but there were a lot of opportunities there.

Really liked seeing the 4 running plays in a row there.

Henning always had to get cute in those situations.

I see the Henne haters are upset, LMAO!! Wahhhh!!!

The Bush pick up looks brilliant so far.

Hilliard has to get mire playing time Thomas looks lost and doesn't hit the hole hard and fast! Thomas is very slow!! Not impress with him yet, we need to give Grisby and sheets more touches!! Henne looking better but no vertical game yet not accurate with the long ball!!

They need to play this o-line together as much as possible. Perhaps play the whole third pre-season game.

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