Dolphins at Ravens: 7 players to watch

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) fist bumps Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase at Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Florida on August 1, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert fist bumps Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Branden Albert — As he was walking out of the Miami Dolphins locker room on Friday, Albert said, “You know I’ll be there on Sunday.” Albert has been trying all different types of braces on his injured wrist and hasn’t gotten it perfect but he felt there was still time to make adjustments. How Albert holds up against Terrell Suggs is vital in this game. Miami’s offense is completely different when their offensive line is healthy but honestly, playing or not, they’re not healthy.

Laremy Tunsil — Another banged-up offensive lineman. Tunsil thought he was close to being able to play last week despite an injured shoulder and he plans to use a brace on Sunday. Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan — Tunsil’s high school teammate — are legitimate thumpers. Tunsil, who has been excellent when healthy, knows he has a massive challenge Sunday.

Jay Ajayi — Ajayi’s run totals have decreased in each of the last two weeks and here come the Ravens, the top run defense in the league and one of he best in the history of the franchise. Ajayi was the biggest part of Miami’s massive turnaround and keeping balance to set up Ryan Tannehill’s play-action will continue to be essential.

Leonte Carroo — If DeVante Parker (back) plays coaches have said it would be a last-minute decision and, basically, a bonus. Parker did run in practice on Friday and coach Adam Gase said Parker is pushing to play. Carroo, who only has three catches this season, took a big step forward with a touchdown last week. Simply put, Carroo now knows all his routes.

Ryan Tannehill —  Can Tannehill keep up his torrid pace? Tannehill is fifth in the AFC in passer rating, ahead of Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers. Tannehill has been making good decisions, using his athleticism, throwing accurately on the run and making smart downfield decisions. If Tannehill is lights out at the Ravens, in December, he will have taken another giant leap.

Tony Lippett —  Former Dolphin Mike Wallace is all fired up to face the team that trade him and if Byron Maxwell is locked up with Steve Smith, this leaves Lippett, an excellent athlete, to run those deep routes with Wallace. Wallace agreed with week that he never really connected with Tannehill on the deep ball. And Flacco has not played very well this season. But several deep shots have to be expected Sunday.

Kiko Alonso —  The Dolphins are allowing more than 12 yards per catch and five touchdowns to tight ends this season. The concern here is Dennis Pitta, the Ravens’ leading receiver. Pitta has 52 catches, although he does not have a touchdown. Alonso has made some great plays in pass coverage this season, and been a bit out of position at times. If Jelani Jenkins plays and tries to cover anybody in the passing game, he is so banged-up it won’t be a good matchup.

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