The fourth preseason game represents one final chance for players on the cusp of making the roster to make an impression. Here’s who you should keep an eye on in Thursday’s game.
The running back figures to get in good time versus the Dolphins as he vies for a spot on the team. Watts has put himself in good position to make a strong case to be on the 53-man roster, as he’s both rushed and received the ball well. The undrafted rookie out of Tulsa has ran it 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, and caught it four times for 39 yards in preseason action. Look for him to once again have an impact on the offense in Miami.
The rookie out of Mizzou has put together a nice preseason, and Fisher said the young corner is one candidate to help fill in for Trumaime Johnson. Gaines had gotten a little dinged up and missed a bit of time, but said this week that he’s back at 100 percent. Look for him to make plays both on the outside and at nickel corner, as he’s been working at both positions.
The two rookie defensive linemen have both made plays in their quest for a spot on the 53-man roster. There’s no guarantee Westbrooks and Sam are actually in competition with one another, as the it’s the front office and coaching staff who will decide on how the team will be composed. Either way, Westbrooks and Sam both have been exciting defensive players during the preseason and figure to play significant snaps in Miami.