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2 posts from August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014

Matt Moore starts and a live blog

Ryan Tannehill is not playing. Matt Moore is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Dolphins tonight and he will get the bulk of the work in the first half at least. Eventually, Seth Lobato will relieve Moore at quarterback and get to make his case for a practice squad spot.

But this final preseason game is more important on other levels. For instance:

Running back Daniel Thomas gets to make his case for winning the No. 3 RB job behind Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller. Or not.

Undrafted free agent rookie RBs Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa will get another chance to impress as well.

At tight end, the Dolphins have decisions to make. Kyle Miller (my choice), Evan Wilson or Harold "Gator" Hoskins?

You should watch the play of Will Davis and Jamar Taylor closely. They are battling for playing time as the outside cornerback in the nickel package. As you know, safety Reshad Jones is going to be suspended and although he doesn't think that will derail his season the truth is it affects the secondary the first four games.

So Jimmy Wilson goes to safety. And in the nickel package that means Cortland Finnegan goes to the slot and either Davis or Taylor will have to man an outside CB spot.

The two second-year players have been battling for the job. Taylor was not great last week, giving up a TD and getting flagged.

So the ongoing competition continues tonight -- at least for a little while.

As usual, the Dolphins are not going to commit a lot of starters to this final preseason game.

But I am totally commited. So there is a live blog. Join the chat either in the space below or in the comments section:

 

 

Live Blog Miami Dolphins vs. St. Louis Rams (Preseason): Aug. 28, 2014
 

Does Tannehill get to 24 TDs again?

I do not gamble. I don't even play the lottery. I suggest you don't do it, either. But I study, with interest, the annual Las Vegas and Bovada over under numbers for team victories because those people are in business to make money and they often "know things," as Robert De Niro said in the movie.

The prop bets on player performance also seem interesting to me. The first one suggests the bookies don't buy that Ryan Tannehill can be much better (or worse) than last year when he threw 24 TD passes.

Here are Bovada's odds and over unders for individual Dolphins performances in 2014. You tell me, do you go over or under:

Ryan Tannehill - Total Passing Yards in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               3900

Ryan Tannehill - Total Passing Touchdowns in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               23½

Ryan Tannehill - Total Interceptions in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               14½

Mike Wallace - Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               950½ 

Mike Wallace - Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               6

Brian Hartline - Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               875½

Brian Hartline - Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               3½

Charles Clay - Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               625½

Charles Clay - Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               5

Cameron Wake - Total Sacks in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                                           10½

Olivier Vernon - Total Sacks in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                               9½

Brent Grimes - Total Interceptions in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                                           3