Dolphins starters likely to play past halftime Thursday vs. Falcons

Look for Ryan Tannehill to get some third-quarter snaps Thursday. (Getty Images)
Look for Ryan Tannehill to get some third-quarter snaps Thursday. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–Everyone calls the third preseason game a dress rehearsal, and it sounds like Dolphins coach Adam Gase will treat Thursday’s exhibition with the Falcons as such.

Ideally, Gase would like to play his starters, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill, into the third quarter in order to give them a test run at implementing halftime adjustments.

“But you just kinda see how it goes,” Gase said after Tuesday’s practice. “You just tell everybody to be ready to come out and play in the second half, and if we make some kind of adjustment and we change our mind, then we do it.

“That first game, that was my mistake as far as saying, ‘Hey, we’re gonna go 8-10 plays.’ We probably should’ve stayed in another drive with the 1s. That’s why the second game we just said, ‘We’re just gonna play, and when we feel good about it, we’ll take everybody out. This game, we just go in and plan on playing after the second half, and if anything changes, we’ll change it.”

In last week’s preseason game at Dallas, Tannehill stayed in until the final minute of the first half. So far this month, he has completed 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

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