What To Look For

Dolphins coach Cam Cameron already has said that running backs Ronnie Brown and Jesse Chatman both will be kept out of action in Thursday night's preseason finale at New Orleans, and they will be joined by several other starters. The game, in fact, should be a showcase for young players and those fighting for roster spots. Here's what we'll be watching.

John Beck: It would be a great surprise to us if either Trent Green or Cleo Lemon played, and we're thinking John Beck will get a good half of action, if not more. Beck has looked good so far in the preseason, but it's been mostly in the fourth quarter. It will be interesting to see what he can do in the first half, even though he still won't be going up against an opponent's starters.

The young wide receivers: There is clearly an opening for the fifth wideout spot behind Chris Chambers, Marty Booker, Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan, and it might come down to who can have a big night against the Saints. So keep an eye on guys like P.K. Sam and Kerry Reed.

L.J. Shelton: Anthony Alabi has started all preseason at right tackle, but he's a question mark for this game after experience knee soreness last Saturday night. That might open the door for Shelton to start and to reclaim the starting job everyone thought was his.

Brandon Fields: The seventh-round pick clinched the punting job when the Dolphins waived Ryan Flinn earlier this week, but Fields needs to become more consistent after two sub-par preseason games. He already has shown he can do it, the evidence coming in the preseason opener.

Kickoff returns: We've said it before, we'll say it again: We want to see Ginn return kickoffs, not Brown and/or Chatman. Since we know Brown and Chatman aren't playing, hopefully we'll see Ginn back there and he can break a long one, so Cameron will be convinced to give him that role from the start of the regular season.


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