A consistent talking point for head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo this week is seeing the offensive line working together. Marrone says he plans to play the starters extensively for the first this time preseason. A key recent development has been the return of left tackle Cam Robinson, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list Aug. 12 after missing the start of training camp while returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last September.
DeFilippo said Monday that rookie backup quarterback Gardner Minshew “did a fantastic job” in a 19-of-29, 202-yard performance vs. Philadelphia last Thursday. DeFilippo said for Thursday’s game that he will choose early plays from a list of options.
The Dolphins quarterback competition is still alive and could be beyond this week’s game. Head coach Brian Flores said that no decision has been made and that it would not be accurate to assume that Fitzpatrick starts against Jacksonville. During the week, Flores said he had no set plan yet as to how the playing time would be divided among Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock, saying all options were being considered. Rosen took the majority of the snaps against Tampa Bay, going 10-for-18.
The Dolphins defense vs. the Bucs was especially impressive considering the starters were not playing through most of the team’s 16-14 loss. Pressure was created often and players constantly crashed to the ball. Jerome Baker continued to look like a beast at linebacker, along with rookie Sam Eguavoen, who had seven tackles, two for a loss and a forced fumble.
When: Thursday, Aug. 22
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Nick Foles will make his long-awaited Jaguars debut when Jacksonville visits the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the NFL preseason. It’s an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on Thursday from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Foles, named Super Bowl MVP following the 2017 season with the Eagles, signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars this offseason with $50 million guaranteed. He replaces Blake Bortles, who was released after Jacksonville went 5-11 last year. Bookmakers list Miami as a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Dolphins vs. Jaguars odds, with the over-under for total points set at 37.5. Before you make any Dolphins vs. Jaguars picks, see the NFL predictions from legendary handicapper Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg.
Goldberg enjoyed a scorching finish to last season, nailing three-way parlays during Week 17 and Conference Championship Weekend. With those very selective NFL picks, Goldberg finished last year on a sick 12-3 heater.