Written by Gary Ramey
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Dolphins - Bucs Previiew
Miami - David Garrard, Chad Johnson, Richard Marshall
Miami Rookies to watch - Ryan Tannehill, Jonathon Martin, Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller
Tampa Bay - Vincent Jackson and Dallas Clark
Tampa Rookies to Watch - OLB David Lavonte, SS Mark Barron
While I don't expect the starters to get much time together this is a night to keep an eye on individual performance. Teams probably won't script past 4-5 plays. What we should get a feel for is how aggressive this new Miami Offense is going to be. The Bucs had the 30th ranked defense last year and added two rookies this year. It is young. They have a new DC running the unit so it'll be interesting how things play out. The obvious drama...Miami's New Offense against the Bucs new defense.
If you're into sub-plots, try Josh Freeman teamed up with new toys Vincent Jackson and Dallas Clark. That alone should keep the Miami Defense on its toes. I'm expecting some fire from a couple of rookies. Tannehill will probably give us mixed results but I'm more interested in Martin, Vernon and Miller. These guys playing well means Miami has a real shot at a winning record this year. I haven't felt this good about the team since 2008 when I boldly predicted 10 wins after the preseason. While I'm not quite there....I'm close. Another cool thing,is I'm not only excited about Friday Nights Game, but also that football is now going to be a weekly staple for the next 5 months. Awesome!!!!