"It's kind of fun going against other players," said cornerback Patrick Surtain. "You get tired of seeing your own guys. Just to get exposed to a new offense should be fun."
Coach Dave Wannstedt said the practices will serve as a good evaluation tool.
"It is going to be very good competition," he said. "We'll be going up against a top team in the AFC. And it will give us some different looks. We're going to see different plays from what our offense does and different defensive schemes. It will add some real good conversation from a coaching standpoint."
The Dolphins have done this sort of thing regularly in recent years, working against San Diego and Tampa Bay.
The workouts usually are more intense than a typical practice, although Wannstedt said the Dolphins would run the same drills as usual.
It's also not unusual to see a skirmish break out.
"It's totally different," Surtain said. "You want your opponent to respect you. If you go out and handle your business, you'll get some respect."
Guard Jim Bundren and tackle Anthony Cesario will not be making the trip to Tennessee, while wide receiver Dedric Ward is expecting to join the team in Nashville after traveling to New York to have his foot, which he fractured last summer, examined by his doctor. Ward has missed the last two practices.
Quarterback Jay Fiedler should get more work this weekend after practice Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
"I was really encouraged with Jay," Wannstedt said after Thursday's workout. "He felt really good this morning."