Falcons vs Dolphins live stream

Falcons vs Dolphins live stream

FLOWERY__BRANCH__–__While__it’s__exciting__to__see__NFL__teams__going__head-to-head__once__again,__preseason__games__are__much__more__about__internal__evaluations__than__external__competition.

When__the__Falcons__play__the__Dolphins__at__Hard__Rock__Stadium__on__Thursday__at__7__p.m.

__ET,_

_there__will__be__some__immediate__takeaways__in__the__aftermath,__but__this__game__is__just__

one__small__step__in__the__preparation__process__for__the__regular__season.

________Freeman__agrees__to__five-year__extension

________What__Quinn__wants__to__see__against__Miami

________How__to__watch__Falcons__vs.__Dolphins

Atlanta’s__depth__should__be__on__display,__and__there__are__some__exciting__players__for__fans_

_to__watch__once__the__starters__exit.__As__this__isn’t__a__regular__season__game,__however,__the_

_matchups__aren’t__as__important__as__how__the__Falcons__perform__individual__and__as__a__tea

m.

Still,__knowing__what__Atlanta__is__up__against__will__help__set__a__point__of__comparison__when__judging__a__player’s__overall__execution.__Let’s__dive__into__some__of__the__key__matchups__for__the__Falcons’__first__preseason__game.

Falcons__linebackers__vs.__Dolphins__running__backs

Atlanta__has__made__big__strides__at__the__linebacker__spot__since__Dan__Quinn’s__arrival.__With__the__emergence__of__Deion__Jones__(below)__and__De’Vondre__Campbell__last__season,__coupled__with__the__depth__provided__by__players__like__LaRoy__Reynolds__and__rookie__Duke__Riley,__the__Falcons__are__in__good__shape.

One__major__strength__for__Miami__is__the__running__back__position.__Although__the__team__may__be__without__starter__Jay__Ajayi,__who__has__been__sidelined__with__a__concussion,__the__Dolphins__have__plenty__of__depth__at__that__spot.

Kenyan__Drake__and__Damien__Williams__should__both__have__larger__roles__this__season,__and__they’ve__reportedly__looked__good__during__training__camp.__They__will__provide__a__good__test__for__the__Falcons’__linebackers,__and__this__matchup__will__be__one__of__The__Home__Depot__Tools__to__the__Game.

Falcons__receivers__vs.__Dolphins__secondary

Although__they__won’t__have__Julio__Jones__or__Taylor__Gabriel__available__on__Thursday,__the__Falcons__will__have__several__intriguing__players__to__watch__on__the__perimeter.__Mohamed__Sanu__has__been__a__major__standout__so__far__in__training__camp,__and__Justin__Hardy__looks__very__consistent.__There__is__a__competition__further__down__the__depth__chart__involving__some__dynamic__players,__including__Marvin__Hall__and__Josh__Magee.

Miami__has__a__solid__starting__unit__in__the__secondary__that__includes__Byron__Maxwell__and__Xavien__Howard__at__cornerback__and__Reshad__Jones__and__Nate__Allen__at__safety.__Howard__and__Jones__are__two__players__who__have__drawn__especially__good__review__so__far__in__camp.__Behind__them,__Bobby__McCain,__Tony__Lippett__and__Alterraun__Verner__will__try__to__contain__Atlanta’s__receivers.

Falcons__defensive__line__vs.__Dolphins__offensive__line

One__area__where__the__Falcons__have__increased__their__depth__is__along__the__defensive__line.__Dontari__Poe__and__Grady__Jarrett__should__give__Atlanta__a__fearsome__defensive__tackle__duo__on__the__interior,__and__Vic__Beasley__is__the__reigning__NFL__sack__leader.__The__defensive__line__is__far__more__than__those__three__players,__though.__Courtney__Upshaw,__Brooks__Reed,__Adrian__Clayborn,__Jack__Crawford,__Ra’Shede__Hageman,__Derrick__Shelby__and__Takkarist__McKinley__provide__an__incredible__amount__of__talent__and__depth.

Rolling__out__those__types__of__players__on__Thursday__should__give__Atlanta__the__advantage__against__a__Miami__offensive__line__that__is__missing__a__few__pieces.__Starting__center__Mike__Pouncey__is__not__expected__to__play,__and__starting__left__guard__Ted__Larson__will__also__miss__the__game.__The__Dolphins__have__some__nice__players__on__the__two-deep__depth__chart,__however,__including__Anthony__Steen,__Isaac__Asiata__and__Kraig__Urbik.

For__Atlanta,__it’s__less__about__putting__up__big__sack__numbers__and__more__about__showing__consistent__technique__and__generating__a__push__at__the__line__of__scrimmage.__If__those__things__happen,__the__big__defensive__plays__should__follow.

Five__things__to__know

1.__Dolphins__receivers__have__stood__out__during__practices

If__the__reports__coming__out__of__Miami__are__to__be__believed,__the__team__has__some__dangerous__weapons__in__the__passing__game.__DeVante__Parker,__who__is__entering__his__third__year__in__the__NFL,__has__had__a__very__good__training__camp,__according__to__the__Sun__Sentinel,__and__looks__ready__for__a__breakout__year.__Jarvis__Landry__and__Kenny__Stills__are__known__commodities__who__round__out__Miami’s__receiving__corps.

One__player__to__watch__on__Thursday__may__be__Jakeem__Grant.__Now__entering__his__second__season,__Grant__will__reportedly__drop__some__passes,__but__Joe__Schad__of__PalmBeachPost.com__believes__he__has__looked__like__a__much__better__playmaker__than__his__did__as__a__rookie.

2.__Depth__in__the__secondary__is__solid__for__Atlanta

The__Falcons’__starters__in__the__secondary__form__a__very__talented__unit__that__has__played__well__together__during__practices.__That’s__nothing__noteworthy.__What’s__worth__mentioning__is__the__depth__that__Atlanta__has__groomed__behind__its__starting__group.

Quinn__has__noted__on__a__few__occasions__how__improved__C.J.__Goodwin__looks__entering__his__second__season__playing__cornerback.__The__former__receiver__has__made__some__big__plays__in__practice,__and__his__development__is__encouraging.__Deji__Olatoye,__Blidi__Wreh-Wilson__and__Sharrod__Neasman__have__also__performed__well__in__their__reps__on__the__field,__and__rookie__Damontae__Kazee__has__made__a__couple__of__nice__interceptions.

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