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Today’s Team: The Miami Dolphins (AFC East)
2013 Record: 8-8, did not make playoffs.
Passing Leader: Ryan Tannehill 3913 YDS 24 TD 17 INT
Rushing Leader(s): Lamar Miller 709 YDS 2 TD
Receiving leader: Brian Hartline 76 REC 1016 YDS 4 TD
Leading Tackler: Philip Wheeler 118 Tackles
Sacks Leader: Olivier Vernon 11.5 Sacks
Int Leader: Brent Grimes, Dimitri Patterson 4 INT each
FA losses: Nolan Carroll CB, Chris Clemons SS, John Jerry G, Jovorskie Lane FB, Vaughn Martin DE, Chris Owens CB, Dimitri Patterson CB, Paul Soliai DT, RJ Stanford DB, Jason Weaver OL, Will Yeatman T, Jordan Rodgers QB
FA signings: Branden Albert T, Daryn Colledge G, Kevin Cone WR, Louis Delmas FS, Cortland Finnegan CB, Jason Fox T, Anthony Gaitor DB, Earl Mitchell NT, Knowshon Moreno RB, Shelley Smith G, Damian Williams WR
Unsigned FA: David Arkin G, Tyson Clabo T, Richie Incognito G, Dustin Keller TE, Bryant McKinnie T, Marlon Moore WR, Austin Spitler LB
|3||3(67)||Billy Turner||OT||North Dakota State|
|6||14(190)||Matt Hazel||WR||Coastal Carolina|
They say karma is a bitch. Much like Richie Incognito bullied Jonathan Martin out of Miami, I expect the AFC East to have their way with the Miami Dolphins this year. It’s not entirely Miami’s fault. While the Patriots, Jets, and Bills all added serious depth, whether it be from the NFL draft, free agency, or recovery from injury, the Dolphins didn’t make a huge splash in free agency this off-season. Knowshon Moreno and Branden Albert were solid additions, but fact is Miami should have traded up in the draft to improve an offensive line that allowed 58 sacks last year. With Mike Pouncey sidelined for up to 8 games due to hip surgery, Ryan Tannehill could be running for his life behind an o-line comprised of five new starters.
Mike Wallace was somewhat of a disappointment last season. The Dolphins acquired him hoping to give Tannehill a downfield threat, but the 5 year veteran recorded a career-low in yards per reception with 12.7. While he was more sure-handed than in previous years (only 3 drops), Wallace and Tannehill rarely seemed to be on the same page with a 141 targets to 73 receptions ratio. If the Dolphins are to be successful this season, rookie receiver Jarvis Landry needs to produce early in the passing game.
To succeed in the NFL, it is imperative to have a decent offensive line. In the wake of the Incognito/Martin bullying scandal, the ‘Phins line was a sieve in 2013, and they didn’t do enough to plug the holes going into 2014. I expect them to finish at the bottom of the division.