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Preseason Game #1 - Dolphins vs Jaguars Open Thread

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Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-0)
Saturday, August 11
7:30 pm EST
Dolphin Stadium
Scattered T-Storms (40% chance), 85 degrees
Line: Jaguars -2.5, Over/Under 34

I'm probably not going to be around the computer much today so I wanted to throw up this thread for tonight's game now. Better I do it really early rather than too late. As always, use this open thread for all game discussion.

Quickly, I just wanted to throw out there what I'll be paying the most attention to tonight:

1. The offensive line - I want to see how this line is shaping up, especially how the rookies (Satele, Mormino) are faring. It'll be a good test tonight for the starters, as they are reportedly going to a lot of action and Jacksonville's d-line is very good.

2. Ginn's involvement - I'm interested in seeing Ginn get his first crack at returns, but I'm more interested in seeing how Cam Cameron is looking to use Ginn offensively. I also want to see Ginn put to rest some of this talk about his "poor route running" and is "average hands." And getting a good look at his elite speed might be fun, too. Having Ginn start and play the entire first half will give us all a good luck at how he is progressing.

3. The quarterbacks - I'm curious as to how Trent Green is coming along in this offense. Having him on display for a half should tell us a lot as to where he stands right now in terms of his comfort level in this offense. I'm also interested in seeing Cleo Lemon. Some believe he really has a chance to win the starting job, but if he's going to do that, he has to look exceptional in the preseason. But I think I'm most excited to see what John Beck can do against an opposing team for the first time.

Those are the 3 main things I'll be watching tonight. A good way to start the preseason is with a win. Some say the preseason doesn't matter, but I want to see this team play with a winning mentality. Let's get off to a good start.

Go Dolphins!

Oh, and remember to scroll down a few posts andget involved in the Chris Chambers stat projections.

**UPDATE**: Dolphins win a thriller (sort of), 18-17. Some good stuff, some bad stuff. Look for my thoughts on the game sometime Sunday night. And remember: a win is a win!

**Update**: Incase you missed it, Vernon Carey went down early in the game holding his knee. But it seems we dodged a bullet. Here's what Cam said following the game:

"Vernon, we think is going to be fine," Cameron said. "He probably could have come back and played. I was a little nervous that he maybe got it rolled up, and he said he pulled and what they think is his patella just moved a little bit. They're going to evaluate it and you saw him walk off."