What To Look For

The Dolphins are approaching their second preseason game of the summer the same they did the first, which means there was little game-planning done. That might make for some disjointed play by the Dolphins, but it won't change what Coach Cam Cameron and his staff will be looking to see from their players.

Because the opener didn't provide many answers, the list of things to watch for Thursday's game at Kansas City looks an awful lot like the one for the Jacksonville contest.

1. Trent Green: The veteran quarterback will get a quarter of action against his former team, but it will be a quarter too long if the offensive line doesn't do a better job of protecting him.

2. The offensive line: Yes, this is redundant, but anybody who watched the Jacksonville game is aware that the O-line looked like it was an awfully long way from being even remotely respectable. In particular, we want to see the two guards, Rex Hadnot and Drew Mormino, play better because they both really struggled against the Jaguars.

3. Ginn and Booker: Both players were awfully quiet against Jacksonville, and we want to see them a little bit more integrated into the offense.

4. David Martin: Green said Tuesday that he sees big potential in the Dolphins' new tight end, but we have yet to see it in a game.

5. Paul Soliai: The fourth-round pick from Utah has been outstanding in practices, but he disappointingly invisible in the opener against Jacksonville and was badly outplayed by fellow Polynesian nose tackle Steve Fifita. Remember, the Dolphins have no proven backup behind Keith Traylor, so they need for someone to emerge. That guy is supposed to be Soliai, who needs to make more of his second start Thursday than he did against the Jags.

6. The two Wrights: Both Abraham Wright and Rodrique Wright were impressive against Jacksonville, and they could become factors in the Dolphins defense if they can keep this up.

7. Jason Allen: Yes, Allen forced a fumble against Jacksonville, but he also had problems in coverage and that needs to improve. With Will Allen a question mark because of a leg injury, Jason Allen could get a lot of PT against the Chiefs.

8. Kick returners: Again, this goes back to Ginn and Booker, who did practically nothing in the kick return department against Jacksonville. This is supposed to be a strength for the Dolphins in 2007, so let's start seeing it already.


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