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Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers: Five Things To Look For

The Dolphins' second pre-season game tonight against the Carolina Panthers should be interesting, in that the entire roster remains in flux with five weeks left to go before the season starts.

Players are injured, the receiving corps is a huge question mark, and our once-reliable kicker is now just a mound of cat shit with a helmet.

But Ryan Tannehill will be starting! So, hey, that's something!

1. Tannehill The Starter
So it comes to this, maybe. First round pick Ryan Tannehill gets the start tonight and he's going out there equipped with a banged up offensive line and a receiving corps made up of Davone Bess, a Star Wars character, and a dude who runs routes like he's got a pair of dog carcasses tied to his feet. That is sooo the Dolphins.

In his debut last week, Tannehill looked poised (whatever the shit that's worth), and made some pretty passes, leading the team to their only touchdown of the game. He also showed his knack for getting out of trouble with his mobility, and his grasp of the offense looks really solid.

Everyone wants the dude to be The Guy. Sweet Baby Jesus In The Manger With His Baby Einstein DVDs knows we've waited long enough for Dan Marino's heir to finally show up.

Tonight might give us a glimpse into whether or not that will be the case. If he can play well with the shit cards he's been dealt, we should all feel good. And by that I mean we should all be totally irrational about it and declare to the world that Ryan Tannehill will lead us to the next 8 Super Bowls. That's just how we Dolphins fans roll, baby.

2. Banged up Fins
The Dolphins love to be super-secret about their injury reports, because clearly the competition can't defeat them unless they know Clyde Gates has a bruise on his foot.

Karlos "Chancletas" Dansby did not practice this week because of injury. Nor did Kevin Burnett. Cameron Wake remains out as he recovers from a mysterious injury after being involved in an auto accident. Tony McDaniel is also dinged up. That's pretty much all the important people in the defensive front seven. Weeeeee!!

David Garrard is out for several weeks with a bad knee.

Offensive lineman Eric Steinbach is also injured, which means either Artis Hicks or John Jerry will start tonight, which means HOLY SHIT RYAN TANNEHILL IS GOING TO FUCKING DIE.

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