The Miami Dolphins will play at Sun Life Stadium for the first time in 2013 when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday in Week 3 of the preseason.
As we all know, the third week of the exhibition season is often referred to as the "dress rehearsal" game since the starters will see considerable action. Keeping in mind that the first team units rarely see the field in Week 4 of the preseason, this will be the Dolphins final tune up before they travel to Cleveland for the regular season opener. We will also get a pretty good idea of where this team stands heading into the 2013 campaign. With the first round of cuts coming on Tuesday, this is the last opportunity players on the roster bubble have to prove their worth and make an impression on the coaching staff.
Head Coach Joe Philbin is treating this contest with the utmost importance. He has already made it clear that his squad has game planed for the Buccaneers, a wise decision considering that these two teams will meet once again when the games start to count. Philbin will be expecting a much sharper, much cleaner and much more disciplined performance than we've seen from the Dolphins in the first three preseason games.
Here are some players to keep an eye on as the game progresses:
1) Mike Gillislee/Jonas Gray, RB
According to Armando Salguero, only one of Gillislee and Gray will make the team. A fifth round pick in 2013, Gillislee hasn't been decisive enough at the line of scrimmage and hasn't shown enough to solidify his spot on the roster. In three games, Gillislee has rushed for 67 yards on 22 attempts but his yards per attempt of 3.0 doesn't impress. On the other hand, Gray has emerged as a potential goal line and short yardage back thanks to his ability to run with power. The undrafted rookie has rushed for 87 yards with 3.5 yards per carry while adding two touchdowns. Both running backs will get sufficient playing time in order to seperate themselves from the other, therefore, it will be worth watching to see who comes out on top.no comments