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5 Miami Dolphins Players to Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2

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5 Miami Dolphins Players to Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2

5 Miami Dolphins Players to Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2
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The Miami Dolphins are looking for their first preseason victory Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but in reality, it's the play of the younger players that truly matters in the preseason rather than picking up a "W".

Here are five Miami players to watch on Saturday night.

Tyler McMullen is a Miami Dolphins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and “like” him on Facebook, and add him to your Google network.

5. S Walt Aikens

Walt Aikens
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5. S Walt Aikens

Walt Aikens
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Aikens has a nice chance to make this roster as the team's third or fourth safety option after being selected as a corner in May's NFL Draft. Aikens has looked solid at times at free safety, but he surely needs to work on his tackling to become a better safety prospect. With Reshad Jones serving a four-game suspension this season, Aikens may be the team's top backup with S/CB Jimmy Wilson filling Jones' position in the starting lineup.

4. OG Billy Turner

Billy Turner
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4. OG Billy Turner

Billy Turner
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Turner is still in a great position to see significant playing time this season at either guard spot if he can prove that he can be a solid contributor in run blocking situations. He could challenge incumbent starter Dallas Thomas at the right guard position if Thomas struggles this preseason. I love what Turner brings to the table as a run blocker, but he will have to prove his worth as a pass blocker inside to make an impact.

3. RB Orleans Darkwa

Orleans Darkwa
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3. RB Orleans Darkwa

Orleans Darkwa
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Darkwa could actually be a dark horse candidate to make Miami's 53-man roster as a goal-line back. The former Tulane running back has intriguing size, but he was limited in Miami's Week 1 loss to Atlanta due to injury. The majority of Miami's backs are dinged up, giving Darkwa a chance to showcase his stuff Saturday night against an athletic Tampa Bay defense. At this point it's Darkwa, Thomas and Williams vying for that short-yardage back role.

2. DT Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
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2. DT Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson
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Johnson is a guy who I want to see succeed at the NFL level, and I would love for the former LSU defensive tackle to stick with Miami for the majority of his career. He has all of the tools to be a dominant defensive tackle and could learn wonderful tricks from the trio of Randy Starks, Earl Mitchell and Jared Odrick. Johnson has a chance to beat out AJ Francis and many others for Miami's fourth defensive tackle role. Let's see what he's got.

1. OLB Jordan Tripp

Jordan Tripp
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1. OLB Jordan Tripp

Jordan Tripp
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Tripp is such an intriguing prospect at the linebacker position due to his athleticism, football IQ and ability to just fly around and make plays. He needs to become a more physical player, however. Due to the questionable play of starters Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe, Tripp has a prime chance to make a name for himself Saturday night and put his name into the conversation as a player the coaching staff must consider plugging next to Misi.