Turner expected to get heavy load this season

Falcons RB Michael Turner is poised for a big season. Talking to various NFL Network talent recently, the sense is that Turner is more focused and dedicated this year — and the Falcons are going to give him the ball plenty. Add in the Falcons’ recent push to get him the ball through the air … and I smell a big year for Turner.

But you already knew that.

Just don’t expect too much from him tonight when the Dolphins host the Falcons.

Some of the other things I will be watching for in this game is Tyler Thigpen‘s audition for a job — wait for it — with the Cardinals. I do not have inside information, but Thigpen seems like a good fit for the Cardinals. But I’m just spitballing here. Honestly, how many good quarterbacks do the Dolphins want to keep?

Here are some other things to watch during Friday’s games.

  • Redskins at Jets: Well, it’s no secret that I love TE Chris Cooley this year. Let’s see if anybody else from the receiving corps can get back on track. I also was highly critical of the Jets’ Hollywood attitude during a recent video, let’s see if the team can get back to basics.
  • Chargers at Saints: I would like to see Drew Brees flash his new Super Bowl ring up at Chargers general manager A.J. Smith. Although, Brees seems a little too classy for that. WR Robert Meachem was not involved too much last week, so I would like to see him get some more work. The Chargers have some issues to figure out with their receivers, too. Malcom Floyd is going to be the No. 1 guy, but I want to see more the of the Legedu Naanee we saw in Week 1 of the preseason.
  • Eagles at Chiefs: The Eagles have moved on from Donovan McNabb and have installed Kevin Kolb as the man. Hey Kevin, how about a touchdown pass before the preseason is over. Just saying. And of course, in maybe the most-watched battle of the preaseason, RB Jamaal Charles continues his push to be the top dog in Kansas City. Only a matter of time. The question is, will he average more than 7 yards per rush on Friday.

Adam Rank

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