Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tannehill: Third game doesn't count, but it matters


It's time for the real thing. Well, almost.

As the Miami Dolphins enter Week 3 of the preseason, they're preparing for the most regular-season-like couple hours of the summer.

“Early in preseason, you don’t really prepare like a real game, you’re still practicing training camp every day and, then at the end of the week, you go and throw a game plan together," Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Wednesday, via

"This week, we treated it more like a game week as far as our scheduling, our practice times, our meeting schedule. It’s been fun getting into the new style, the new way.”

Tannehill saw one series in the Dolphins' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons and three last weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys, Tannehill is slated for the bulk of the work calling signals in a final dress rehearsal. The third-year quarterback is ready.

"It’s the game where the starters will get the most playing time out of the entire preseason," Tannehill said. "It doesn’t really count, but it matters. It matters to us and the progression we make as a team as far as getting better. It’s our last chance before we play for real.”

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