The Miami Dolphins play their third and final preseason game tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles; kick-off is at 7 p.m. For most, the million dollar question heading into tonight’s contest is whether or not Miami’s starters will see significant playing time. But for others, tonight’s game is the most important game of their NFL career.
Here are eight players to watch in tonight’s preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles
Run back | ZaQuandre White
White had a touchdown last week and has been on my acorn list since joining the team as an undrafted free agent this spring. The truth is, I’m not sure he can find a spot on the 53-man roster, especially with some of the other key decisions the Dolphins will have to make in their busy backfield by Tuesday’s deadline. But by this point, I’ve seen enough of ZaQuandre White — during his time in South Carolina and this preseason — to offer him a spot on the practice squad, in hopes of one day being a weapon in the attack on Mike McDaniel.
Wide Receiver | Lynn Bowden Jr.
Speaking of weapons in Mike McDaniel’s offense, I was hoping that this new coaching staff would find a way to utilize Lynn Bowden Jr more. emerges as a star. But what we saw of Bowden his rookie season was enough to make me want to see more. And we saw that a bit in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when LBJ caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Can Lynn Bowden edge out River Cracraft and other veterans – familiar with Mike McDaniel and this system – to earn a spot on the list? I think he can, and he will!
Offensive Lineman | Robert Jones and Solomon Kindley
I’m no offensive line expert, but I think we can all see where the weaknesses in Miami’s revamped offensive line lie. Liam Eichenberg isn’t looking good, which should open the door for Solomon Kindley to at least stay on Miami’s roster. After all he looked improved in the first two games, serving pancakes left and right against the Buccaneers. But Robert Jones is intriguing because he has experience guarding and tackling and has watched the role since joining in 2021. He’s had a strong camp, and I think he could stay on Miami’s offensive line in because of its versatility. Both players could make Miami’s 53-player roster, but with so many cuts, anyone’s guess. But I want to see both players dominate tonight and make the coach’s decision even more difficult.
Cornerback | Kader Kohou
At the start of the season, I ignorantly thought that Miami’s secondary was miles deep, and nothing could stop them from recreating their success over the past few years. I was wrong. First Trill Williams got injured, then newly signed veteran corner Mackensie Alexander. Now is the time for some of Miami’s promising young rookies to seize the day. Kader Kohou flashed throughout pre-season and training camp. Last week, his impressive pass-breaking and late-game tackle caught the attention of many, but did he do enough to make the 53-man roster? Tonight’s game could be the deciding factor for the fan favorite I dubbed DARK KADER!
Quarterback | Skylar Thompson
The Dolphins have some big decisions to make throughout their roster, but one decision I never thought we would discuss is how to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Fortunately, we are there. Thompson has looked impressive through the first two weeks of the preseason, going 9/10 for 129 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to the Raiders. Can Thompson do the unthinkable and edge out Teddy Bridgewater for the QB2 spot? Unlikely, but Miami will have to find a way to make sure Thompson lands on the practice squad — and can be protected — every game day.
Wide Receiver | Erik Ezukanma
One of the players I’ve enjoyed watching the most throughout the preseason is rookie receiver Erik Ezukanma. Ezukanma flashed in Miami’s first two games, catching 6/9 targets for 114 yards in his first game at Hard Rock Stadium last Saturday against the Raiders. Ezukanma has shown that he not only has the speed to play in the slot, but his big frame makes him a literal cheat code against some of the smaller defensive backs in the league. I don’t know how much Miami needs to see Ezukanma against the Eagles, but hopefully we’ll see at least some commands from Miami’s sensational rookie receiver.
Linebacker | channing tindal
My favorite pick of the 2022 NFL Draft class, linebacker Channing Tindall has shown he still has some way to go before he’s a vital part of Miami’s defense. But he’s a rookie, and admitting he still needs time doesn’t mean he hasn’t been solid. Tindall showed good instincts in coverage and showed his sideline-to-sideline range. He even made a few plays on special teams. Last week against the Raiders, Tindall had six total tackles. Can he build on his strong showing and show some more of those playing traits we saw on tape last season at Georgia? I think Tindall will be an outstanding linebacker for Miami for years to come – but I said the same about Raekwon McMillan.
What are you most looking forward to seeing in tonight’s pre-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles? Should Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins starters see action? Which wide receiver would you keep on the roster? Let us know in the comments section below!