Miami Dolphins Look To Improve Against Jacksonville Jaguars

Brian KarpelContributor IAugust 20, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins head to Jacksonville tomorrow night to face the Jaguars at Everbank Field. They look to improve on a mediocre performance in their 10-7 preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Expect to see the first team play deeper into the first half on Saturday night. Offensively, quarterback Chad Pennington, who saw no action versus the Bucs, will again be observing from the sidelines. Chad Henne, who will be under center for the season opener in Buffalo, will play the majority of the first half.

The battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot will continue. Tyler Thigpen saw most of the snaps last week and promises to see a good amount of action once again. Pat White played in a mop-up role vs. Tampa Bay, and he should see more playing time in Jacksonville.

Expect more playing time from both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in this contest.

According to Dolphins website writer Andy Kent, Coach Sparano said that the objective in game two is twofold. The coach said that they will be giving the regulars more playing time.

He said that the coaches will be looking at “the tweeners and the bubble guys.” Sparano stated, “So, there are chances in this second preseason game there would be more guys that would not play, and a few other guys that you would need to increase because you just lost reps.”

Look for the regular lineup to play much of the first half.

In the second half, take a close look at some players since you might not see them in aqua and orange after that.

Nate Ness, last week’s defensive hero, will get a longer look Saturday night, so will Nolan Carroll. Carroll is also being given a good look to return kickoffs and punts.

Wide receivers Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore should see action in the second half.

The Dolphins made a roster move Wednesday afternoon. They signed veteran guard Randy Thomas. Thomas has started 143 games in his career. He has had stints with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. To make room for Thomas, Miami waived receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen.

Injury Report

Linebacker Channing Crowder (leg) and receiver Greg Camarillo (groin) were kept out of practice and relegated to exercise bikes most of this week. Rookie free safety Reshad Jones (ankle) participated in individual drills yesterday, but hit the stationary bike during team drills.

The Miami Dolphins and the city of Miami Gardens announced plans for the construction of a water park adjacent to Sun Life Stadium yesterday. It is scheduled to open in 2012 on land that is currently being used as an auxiliary parking lot.