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Notebook: Dolphins Excited About Playing At Home; Other Notes

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Team plays first home game of 2013 after opening preseason with three straight road contests.



The Dolphins finally get to play at home Saturday night for the first time in the preseason, and wide receiver Mike Wallace is looking forward to playing in his new home.

“I’m excited,” Wallace said. “It’s my new home, so I’m excited. It’s going to be a fun place to play. I’ve played here like twice since I’ve been playing. I enjoyed playing down here, love the weather, love the stadium. I get to see it about eight times a year now at least. Might as well start it off right.”

Wallace has good reason to like Sun Life Stadium. He has played there twice during his career and scored a long touchdown both times.

Wallace had a 54-yard reception for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 season finale and came back with a 53-yard touchdown the following October.

“Hopefully I can keep my streak going in the stadium and score every time we play there,” Wallace said. “I’m 2-0 so far. Hopefully we can make it 3-0.”

JORDAN FRUSTRATED BY LIMITED PRACTICE TIME

Dolphins first-round pick Dion Jordan admitted he was frustrated about being sidelined from practice the last two weeks, but said he was staying positive and focused on the big picture.

“Anybody that’s not able to participate, this is our livelihood, this is what we do,” Jordan said after practice Thursday. “It’s a little frustrating. You’ve got to be positive about things, understand the situation. I have to get healthy, so that’s what I’m going to focus on — making sure I’m healthy and ready to go.”

Jordan, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft and the first defensive player selected, has not practiced since seeing action in the preseason game at Jacksonville on Aug. 9.

“It’s rough, especially being a rookie and wanting to get out there and compete,” Jordan said. “It’s a tough situation, but the most important thing for me is my health. I’m going to make sure I’m ready to go when I do stuff out there on the field.”

Jordan says that in addition to doing his rehab work he’s also made sure to keep himself sharp mentally so he doesn’t miss a step when he gets back to practice.

“Just trying to make sure, first of all, that I’m ready to go as far as my physical state,” Jordan said. “I’m keeping up with things as far as the playbook, but at the same time I understand that I have to be dialed in, so whenever my name is called and whenever they’re ready to get me back out there, I’ll be ready to go.”

CATCH THE DOLPHINS LIVE

Dolphins fans anywhere in the country will be able to watch live Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay, as well as the preseason finale against New Orleans, thanks to the NFL’s Preseason Live package.

For $19.99, fans can have access on their computer or tablet to out-of-market games not televised nationally. For details, go to dolphins.com/preseasonlive.

The game against Tampa Bay will be broadcast live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area on WFOR-TV (CBS 4), in Fort Myers on WBBH-TV (Channel 2), in West Palm Beach on WTVX-TV (Channel 34) and WWHB (Channel 48-Spanish); and in Orlando on WRDQ (Channel 27) and WFTB MegaTV (9.2 as well as on digital cable via Comcast channel 209, CenturyLink Channel 10, Cox Cable 118 and Decca Cable channel 717).

Jesse Agler will provide the play-by-play call, with former Dolphins greats Bob Griese and Nat Moore providing analysis.

For those who can’t catch the game live on Saturday, it will be replayed by the NFL Network on Sunday at 7 a.m. and next Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.

THIS AND THAT

Saturday’s game will mark the third-latest date the Dolphins have ever played their preseason home opener. The Dolphins played their first home game in 2005 against Tampa Bay on Aug. 27, and played host to Denver in 1990 on Aug. 25. … The musical selections during the stretching period were “Steady Mobbin” by Lil Wayne/Gucci Maine, “Candy” by Cameo, and “Pressure We Hard” by Jah Cure.

THE LAST WORD

Wide receiver Mike Wallace on blocking downfield:

“That’s what I’ve been trying to pick up and make sure I catch my guys in the open field. You don’t want to be the guy getting put on the practice film for not blocking. You don’t want to be the example guy. Just try to stay off the bad clips. Make them good.”
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