What to look for

The Dolphins begin a long, five-game preseason Monday night against the Chicago Bears and there's only so much we'll be able to take from these exhibitions. But here are five things to watch in the game against the Bears.

1. The quarterback play -- Again, we never put too much stock in the preseason because teams never reveal too much of their game plan, either on offense or defense. But because the quarterback battle between A.J. Feeley and Gus Frerotte appears so close, the preseason might go a long way toward determining who winds up winning the starting job. Look for both Frerotte and Feeley to play about a quarterback against the Bears.

2. The draft picks -- Early in the preseason is the time to take a look at the young players, and that certainly includes the draft picks. Ronnie Brown still isn't with the Dolphins, but Matt Roth, Channing Crowder, Travis Daniels, Kevin Vickerson and Manuel Wright all should get a good deal of action Monday night. Fifth-round pick Anthony Alabi just returned this weekend from an ankle injury, so it's uncertain how much he will play, if at all.

3. Punter Donnie Jones -- Jones was claimed off waivers from Seattle at the start of training camp and he played for Nick Saban at LSU. If he can show some consistency in the preseason, veteran Matt Turk's job might be in trouble.

4. The offensive line -- The Dolphins suddenly have different options for their starting line following last week's signing of Frank Middleton. Starting jobs certainly are up for grabs and the preseason might determine the winners.

5. Ricky watch -- Of course, much of the focus when the Dolphins have the ball will be on Ricky Williams and how he looks. We expect Ricky to play against the Bears, even though that's not a lock, but don't expect him to get that many carries. Based on training camp, don't be surprised if Ricky breaks a long run. He has shown impressive quickness so far this summer.


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