LOOKING FOR JUMP START AT JACKSONVILLE

The Dolphins, rightfully so, think way too much was made of the way their first-team offense and defense struggled in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay. They get a chance to silence all the critics Friday night when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars at ALLTEL Stadium.

But that doesn't mean the Dolphins are going to divert from their primary goal in this game, which again will be to do a lot of evaluating, as well as work out the kinks for several players, among them quarterback Jay Fiedler.

Fiedler, who sat out the Tampa Bay game, will start against the Jaguars and is expected to be in the game for about 15-20 plays.

That's the plan for all the starters, with the exception of rookie tackle Wade Smith, who probably will play the entire first half.

As was the case against Tampa Bay, don't look for much action for Ricky Williams. Coach Dave Wannstedt said Williams probably wouldn't get many more carries than the two he got against the Bucs.

The Dolphins won't unveil a whole lot of their defensive wrinkles again Friday night, which is why no one should overreact to whatever happens in the game.

What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Jaguars matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (0-1 in preseason) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV: Local television only (WFOR)

COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Bucs, Jack Del Rio (1st year)

PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Jaguars lead 1-0

LAST FIVE PRESEASON MEETINGS: 1995 at Miami, Jaguars 24, Dolphins 21

DOLPHINS INJURIES: FB Rob Konrad (finger), WR Oronde Gadsden (ankle), T Mark Dixon (ankle), DE Rob Burnett (knee), LB Eddie Moore (foot) and CB Patrick Surtain (knee) will not play; FB Deon Dyer (groin) and P Mark Royals (hamstring) are questionable.


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