Position groups of concern for Miami Dolphins in first preseason game

Kenyan Drake should get a solid share of carries tonight. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins still have a month to get everything in order before the regular season, and the upcoming preseason games are part of that process. The first one is tonight against the Falcons, and Miami’s got several position groups that will be in the spotlight.

Here are three key spots to watch:

Running backs
The Dolphins likely won’t have Jay Ajayi, who missed at least a week because of a concussion. He’ll be back relatively soon, but it’s good practice for Miami to go without him. Ajayi figures to take a beating this year and if he misses time during the season, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams would be in line as the backups. Neither of them has much of a track record as an every-down back.

Safety
This is one of the most curious positions on the team. Theoretically, the Dolphins will open with Reshad Jones and Nate Allen as the starters, but T.J. McDonald will be in contention for a spot when he finishes his eight-game suspension. McDonald can play in the preseason, though, and there’s little reason for Miami to hold him back since he’s got a long layoff coming up. Michael Thomas is a factor here, too, though he’s also been working at slot cornerback.

Offensive line
The mix-and-match routine on the offensive line started earlier this year than last. The Dolphins have yet to get Mike Pouncey through a full practice and will miss left guard Ted Larsen long term with a torn biceps. In addition to that, Laremy Tunsil’s been away from the team for personal reasons. The big concerns at the moment are who gets the start in Larsen’s place and who does the team trust as the backup center to Pouncey—a crucial spot considering he played just five games last season.

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