TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Running back LeGarrette Blount #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the first game of the preseason on Friday. What new things will fans of both teams have to see come Friday?
As the NFL preseason kicks off in full on this coming weekend, fans of both the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be anxious to see all the new changes that both teams have undergone during the offseason come Friday night.
The Dolphins have changed more between the two teams. New head coach Joe Philbin will be manning the sidelines for the first time as a head coach. In addition, the Dolphins also have three quarterbacks that could possibly lay claim to the starting job. Quarterback David Garrard will start the game for Miami, with Matt Moore as the first backup. First round draft pick Ryan Tannehill will be the third quarterback on the depth chart for the Dolphins.
The Buccaneers also have a new sideline general in Greg Schiano. Other than the new head coach, many of the core players have returned to the team, along with new additions such as wide receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive lineman Carl Nicks. Quarterback Josh Freeman has showed up to training camp lighter and hopefully will be more effective this year, equaling his performance in 2010.
The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Fans can check their local listings to see where the game will be broadcast on television or radio.