The Dolphins kick off their 2016 season on Friday in New Jersey with a preseason game against the New York Giants.
This being the first exhibition of the summer, don’t expect to see your favorite Dolphins for too long.
According to Armando Salguero, Miami isn’t even planning on dressing veterans such as Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh and Mario Williams even though all three made the trip north.
Miami is expected to start much of its offense although Ryan Tannehill & Co. likely won’t last long.
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Jarvis Landry said Miami’s first team wants to make the most of its limited time Friday. “Have a great first drive — have a great first play, honestly — test their defense,” Jarvis said according to Adam Beasley.
“And then from there, watch the young guys go a little bit.”
Top draft pick Laremy Tunsil, Salguero says, “is expected to play a lot -- possibly at both left tackle and left guard -- replicating work he's been getting in practice.”
As for wins and losses: Does is matter? Not really.
As Greg Cote writes, Miami’s unbeatens in 1972 lost their first exhibition game while the 1-15 Dolphins in 2007 won their first preseason contest.
“Miami could go 4-0 or 0-4 or shades of gray in between in its fake games,” Cote says, “and it’ll all disentegrate to irrelevance.”
Tonight’s Dolphins game will be broadcast live on WFOR-4 with the usual preseason team of Dick Stockton, Bob Griese and Nat Moore with the call.
If you’re in the car, Dolphins’ broadcasts return to WQAM-560 this season. Joe Rose and Jimmy Cefalo will be joined this preseason by Jason Taylor. Country station WKIS 99.9-FM will simulcast the game.
FRIDAY: MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW YORK GIANTS
▪ When, where: 7 p.m.; East Rutherford, New Jersey
▪ TV/Radio: WFOR-4; WQAM-560