The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons will play in week one of the NFL preseason at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Thursday night. No one will soon forget the monumental collapse of the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl and the team as a whole has to be relieved that they can finally get back into game action, albeit preseason action, 6 months after their fourth quarter collapse. Reigning MVP Matt Ryan will have his usual weapons to work with this year with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman back along with superstar wide out Julio Jones. Jones however underwent foot surgery in the offseason and is not being rushed back. For now Jones is just “staying in shape”, he is trying to stay as tuned is as possible and is trying to get himsef back into the thick of things. On the other hand, the Miami Dolphins are having some troubles of their own at almost every position on the field. Their starting quarter back Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury earlier in the week and it is thought that he will require season ending knee surgery. It was thought that Matt Moore would take the starting job but clearly no one in Miami saw that as a plausible option. The team went out and signed retired quarterback Jay Cutler, who was working as an analyst for Fox, to a 1 year, $10 million contract. This raised a lot of eyebrows with fans and in the media as a better statistical option in Colin Kaepernick was out there but his on and off field antics may have driven the Dolphins away. Another factor is that Dolphins coach Adam Gase was Cutler’s offensive coordinator in 2015 with the Chicago Bears, which was one of Cutler’s best statistical seasons. They hope to recreate that season in Miami. Cutler is not ready to take the field just yet however, so Matt Moore should see the lions share of snaps in week one. Another issue is their star running back Jay Ajayi who is dealing with concussion problems and has missed the last week of practice. Ajayi hasn’t had concussion issues in the past and is working on individual drills himself. Lastly is the Dolphins number one receiver Jarvis Jandry who may be in some legal trouble after being under investigation for battery. Even if he is able to avoid any legal penalties, the NFL could still hand him a suspension. Landry has been an elite PPR player but with a new quarterback to work with, that may change. The Dolphins O-line is also banged up as their starting left guard and center are currently not playing. While neither team will play their starters heavily, Atlanta should come out firing to make a statement after their Super Bowl loss. The depleted Dolphins should be heavily reliant on backups and third stringers to get them through the week.
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Michael Liegghio has been a sports fan for as long as he can remember and has been following hockey and baseball intently for all that time. For the past 2 years he has enjoyed playing fantasy sports on a daily basis and has many wins to show for it. With a love of research into advanced and non-conventional stats, Michael can consistently pick the winners. His mantra? “You have to trust the process!”