In game three for the Falcons in the preseason, they head down to the Sunshine State to take on the Miami Dolphins. Atlanta continues to try to build on their first-team success and to see which players will make the roster cut. They take on an up and coming quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, the best quarterback they will Have to face this preseason thus far. Since this is the third preseason game, look for the starters to get more action throughout the game.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. EST, August 29
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Can the Starters Continue The Success?
No matter what anybody says, the Falcons starters on both offense and defense have looked phenomenal through the first two preseason games. Matt Ryan has played like he is in midseason form, creating success for the players around him. With Roddy White sidelined until Week 1, look for Leonard Hankerson to have a bigger role in the offense. The offensive line will have their hands full with Ndamukong Suh, so watch that matchup. On the other side of the ball, look for the defense to continue their great play. The Dolphins have a much more dynamic offense than the Titans and Jets, so if the Falcons can do well this game, it will definitely be a positive sign for good things to come.
The Secondary Will be Tested, How Will They Play?
Without Desmond Trufant and William Moore on Saturday night, the secondary will have their hands full. Ryan Tannehill was signed through 2020, with the deal worth $96 million ($45 million guaranteed). They also have to deal with Lamar Miller, a very versatile and hybrid running back that can catch out of the backfield. With receivers such as Greg Jennings, Jarvis Landry, and Kenny Stills, the Falcons will have fits with those players. Eyes will be on Jalen Collins, as he has struggled mightily in the preseason and practices. Another player on the bubble is Dezmen Southward, and if he continues to struggle, he might end up being cut very soon.
Time to See Tevin Coleman in Action
Besides Vic Beasley Jr., Tevin Coleman was the other rookie looked upon as making a very big difference for the team. Coleman has been hampered by a hamstring injury for the past couple of weeks, but he is healthy enough to see game-time action. It is great news for the team to see Coleman getting reps, and with Devonta Freeman out, Coleman could make a case for the starting gig. Number 26 will finally get to play against a different team, and maybe he shows why he can be a top running back in the 2015 NFL Draft Class.