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Friday, August 8, 2014
Poll Friday: Dolphins preseason opener

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins kick off their 2014 exhibition season Friday against the Atlanta Falcons at 7 p.m. ET. It is no secret that this is a big year for many within the Dolphins' organization. This is the first step to what should be an interesting journey. The Dolphins believe this is the season they make the playoffs and end a five-year postseason drought.

Here is our latest "Poll Friday" question: What are Miami fans most looking forward to in the Dolphins' preseason opener?

Is it watching Bill Lazor's new offense? The Dolphins' first-year offensive coordinator is bringing an up-tempo scheme to Miami. Friday's game will be the first time Lazor's offense is put to the test against another team's defense.

What about the development of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill? He is 15-17 as a starter and enters a big third season to prove he's the long-term solution. A good preseason debut would be a step in the right direction.

Are Dolphins fans looking forward to watching the defense? This is the third season under defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. The Dolphins added a few new pieces on defense, such as cornerback Cortland Finnegan, safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell. The Dolphins believe they could have a top-10 unit.

Finally, do not forget about the rookies. This will be the first NFL action for first-round pick Ja'Wuan James, second-round pick Jarvis Landry and the remainder of Miami’s rookie class. How will they respond? Friday’s game in Atlanta will be a good introduction to the pros.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on what you’re most looking forward to watching in Miami's preseason opener against the Falcons. You can share your thoughts in the comment section below or send a message via Twitter to @JamesWalkerNFL.