Game preview: What to look for

As was the case last Saturday, and as probably will be the case for quite a while, it's on offense where the focus will be for the Dolphins Saturday night when they play host to the Washington Redskins.

In particular, the quarterback battle resumes with A.J. Feeley getting the start Saturday evening. Both Feeley and Jay Fiedler looked fairly sharp against Jacksonville operating with a severely depleted wide receiver corps.

The group will be bolstered this evening by the presence of newcomer Antonio Freeman, who is expected to play about a dozen plays.

He'll be one to watch as well.

The offensive line also will be under the microscope after all the changes Coach Dave Wannstedt made earlier in the week.

To refresh your memory, first-round pick Vernon Carey went from tackle to guard, Greg Jerman went from first-team right guard to second-team right tackle, Billy Yates went from backup left guard to backup center, and rookie Rex Hadnot went from backup center to backup left guard.

The guy to watch here obviously is Carey, whom the Dolphins obviously would like to see in the starting lineup.

But it's Taylor Whitley who will get the start at right guard against Washington.

At running back, the guy to watch will be Fred Russell, who will get more carries tonight with Sammy Morris out with a concussion.

Defensively, keep an eye on rookie linebackers Derrick Pope and Tony Bua.

The other spot of interest on defense is at left defensive end, where we'll see if David Bowens and Jay Williams can be as impressive as they were in the preseason opener.

Finally, there's the kick returning, where the Dolphins still are looking for someone to step up. Russell had a nick kickoff return last week and he'll be given another look.


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