Its only the preseason but there’s plenty for fans to watch for in tonight’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins matchup.
Super Bowl 51 will be mentioned in every Atlanta Falcons broadcast this season, but the organization and fans officially turn the page tonight. Preseason games are generally lackluster, but both the Falcons and Dolphins have plenty of storylines to follow.
Steve Sarkisian’s Offense
It doesn’t seem possible the Atlanta Falcons offense could get any better than 2016, but Steve Sarkisian will certainly try. With Kyle Shanahan running the show in San Francisco, Sarkisian takes the reigns of an offense that scored 540 points last season.
The Falcons new offensive coordinator finally gets to call plays from the booth at Hard Rock Stadium tonight.
Players have commended Sarkisian’s coaching style, but the true test of effectiveness comes tonight against the Miami defense. We shouldn’t expect the Falcons offense to show much, but their coordination is something to keep an eye out for.
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Right Guard Battle
All reports from Atlanta Falcons camp have indicated that the competition to replace Chris Chester has been a close one. Ben Garland is the longer-tenured veteran, but second year man Wes Schweitzer remains neck and neck in the battle. The Falcons will start Garland tonight, where he will line up across from Ndamukoung Suh.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Schweitzer pick up the start against Pittsburgh on August 20th. Either way, the Falcons starting right guard will be determined within the next 16 days.
— Ben Garland (@BenGarland63) August 10, 2017
Expect the Atlanta Falcons to be closely monitoring their cornerback depth during tonight’s game.
Desmond Trufant makes his return to action after missing half of last season and the playoffs due to injury. Trufant has arguably been the NFL’s most underrated defensive back since entering the league in 2013. He rejoins a defense that has significantly improved since his Week 9 injury suffered last season.
C.J. Goodwin needs a strong performance to put himself closer to Brian Poole in the competition to backfill Jalen Collins. Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Deji Olatoye can also factor into the third and fourth cornerback slots with strong preseason games. Falcons’ fans should keep an eye out for Akeem King and Janor Jones, both of whom will be fighting for a spot on the roster.
The Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins will kick-off tonight at 7 pm from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Fans can visit the Atlanta Falcons website for information on how to watch and listen to the action.