I think I’m in Love with the Dolphins’ Depth on Offense


It’s approaching 6 AM within the larger northeast PA area, and I’ve two further canine working round that associate with my two studs. Possibly it was the break-neck tempo they’ve been going at since 5:34 within the morning, or maybe it was the very Defend-like 3 on 1 assault they laid down on my oldest and loudest canine. No matter it was, it acquired me considering, and the conclusion I got here to is that I feel, no test that, I like the depth of the Miami Dolphins heading into the 2021 marketing campaign.

The Quarterbacks

We learn about Tua Tagovailoa. We’ve seen all the pictures of him wanting like he’s on the identical stuff that Captain America and the Winter Soldier are on. No want to enter these. Or…

Nothing to see right here, only a transformation of the likes that have not been seen earlier than. Apart from the bodily variations in Tua, you need to suppose that there is no such thing as a means that he performs as poorly as he did at occasions final 12 months when he was a rookie working with a 70ish% wholesome physique whereas he was getting acclimated to his hip. Evidently, the Dolphin’s success this 12 months type of rides with how a lot of a leap Tua takes from 12 months one to 12 months two. No strain. It’s Might, so I’m positive I and everybody else shall be including extra blogs/articles, no matter you need to name them, about how necessary Tua is that this coming 12 months. I hope you could have a giant urge for food for it.

Jacoby Brissett backs up Tua, and I actually don’t suppose you may have a greater backup. Not solely is Brissett very able to coming in and getting the job completed as a result of he’s a professional’s professional, however he is also a quarterback that no one goes to clamoring for if Tua has a foul sport. We’ve seen Jacoby play, and I like what he does. However right here’s the factor, we all know he can’t do it for a lot of video games in a row. It’s very Fitzpatrick-like with out the fanfare.

The Backfield

This, to me, is well the weakest unit on the squad. The Dolphins handed on all the highest working backs within the draft, once more, and have determined to basically run it again with the working backs they’d final 12 months, plus Malcolm Brown, who they signed in free company, and Gerrid Doaks, who they really drafted however did it within the seventh spherical.

Myles Gaskin is the person, and nothing is altering for now. I’m all for Gaskin being the man who’s thought of their #1 again. What he confirmed final 12 months with one other offseason to get his physique in tip-top form, I feel he’s poised to have a superb 12 months. I feel that he wants a bit extra assist than what they’ve behind him.

Malcolm Brown shall be a greater model of Jordan Howard primarily as a result of he can’t probably be worse, and Salvon Ahmed will add a gear that no one else has at that place. Or, Ahmed by no means will get seen once more. I don’t know why I’ve this sense that it’s going to be week three, and we’re all going to be saying, “the place’s Ahmed?” as a result of he hasn’t gotten a carry but, and there’s no purpose why that may occur apart from Flores noticed him chew gum unsuitable or one thing like that. I’m positive I’ll be unsuitable about this, and I hope I’m.

I feel Patrick Laird will get launched. Always remember that he caught Tua’s first cross.

I feel the Dolphins will add one other noteworthy again down the highway. I am undecided who it will likely be, however I really feel that some older participant or a man who will get launched will finally find yourself in a Dolphin’s uniform.

UPDATE: The canine have all determined {that a} cease-fire was the prudent transfer for now. All of them have lowered their weapons and have hit the snooze button—the calm earlier than the day-long storm.

The Offensive Line

The offensive line is the place I really begin to get all tingly concerning the Dolphin’s depth. You could possibly say that the Dolphin’s offensive line is one the place you may put one of many Riddler’s huge query marks on not when it comes to who truly shall be beginning as a result of I feel we have now an honest deal with on that, however as a result of we actually don’t understand how they’re going to carry out.

Final 12 months, the Dolphins sported an offensive line that at occasions had three rookies on it. A daring technique that yielded predictable outcomes, which had been that the road was simply alright. It wasn’t God-awful, however everyone knows it wasn’t the place it wanted to be to essentially have a competing offense within the largest moments.

The offensive line that I feel you’ll see on September 12, or at the least what I hope to see, appears to be like like this; LT-Austin Jackson, LG- Solomon Kindley, C Matt Skura, RG- Robert Hunt, RT- Liam Eichenberg. A few these might flip-flop, akin to Deiter might find yourself being the opening day heart, and I suppose it’s attainable that DJ Fluker might edge out rookie deal with Liam Eichenberg. Personally, I feel Eichenberg will ascend throughout camp, will win the job early, and won’t relinquish that place for years to come back.

Then you could have both Deiter or Skura on the bench together with Fluker or Eichenberg, and you’ll’t overlook simply essentially the most forgotten man on the group, and that’s Jesse Davis. It wouldn’t shock me in any respect to see Jesse Davis because the beginning RT on September 12. Davis is flexible, dependable, and does his job admirably. He’s a giant purpose why I like the depth inside this unit.

Accidents are part of the sport, I hope you had been sitting down for that revelation, and offensive linemen go down on a regular basis. This unit, at the moment, isn’t one of many strongest models on the group. However general, I really feel that there isn’t a loopy distinction between their high linemen and their seventh linemen. Now, that should change, however as of this second, I feel that’s the case. How good is it that lastly that as a fan, you don’t should clutch your pearls praying {that a} man doesn’t get damage as a result of the man behind him can’t get it completed? The reply is it’s very nice.

The Vast Receivers

Man alive, all this depth is admittedly making me really feel issues. The entire thought of Flores and Grier bringing in competitors couldn’t be any more true than the extensive receiver room. Suppose again to the center of final 12 months and what unhappy receivers had been on the market attempting to catch passes. Now, take into consideration who the Dolphins have introduced in. Now, fist pump wherever you’re at. Go forward; it’s cool.

Right here’s who the Dolphins have on workers at wide-receiver; Parker, Fuller, Waddle, Williams, Bowden Jr. Grant, Wilson, Hurns, Merrit, Perry, Hollins, and Locksley. I feel everyone knows that not all of those guys shall be dawning aqua and orange jerseys come September, however rattling, Flores can have some huge choices to make about who shall be on this group.

By some means Jakeem Grant continues to be on the group. I’m nonetheless assured that he’ll be gone, finally. I’m not even going to entertain the concept that Flores will hold him round solely for his return potential.

My Might 22 projected high 5 receivers are; Parker, Waddle, Fuller, Bowden, and Williams. Williams might simply be the #2 receiver on the surface whereas Fuller and Waddle roam the slot. The sixth receiver I feel the Dolphins will make use of is Mack Hollins primarily as a result of he’s a particular groups stalwart who, as we noticed just a few occasions, could make the occasional huge catch.

I feel Perry, Merrit, and Locksley head to the apply squad, and Grant, Wilson, and Hurns get proven the door. It’s actually, if unlikely that I’ll be unsuitable about Wilson or Hurns. They’re not making wild cash, so I can see a world the place one in all them stays on the group.

However this depth at this place ought to have everybody feeling great concerning the receiver room. I do know that on paper, everyone seems to be wanting on the Dolphin’s receivers and questioning how anybody will be capable of guard all these gifted receivers? They’ve the scale with Parker and Williams if he’s wholesome for a change, after which the burners with Waddle and Fuller taking the highest off the protection Moss type. And don’t overlook Bowden Jr and what he can do in area. My level is, consider it or not; defenses can have some video games the place they include this offense. However my bigger level is that this fleet of expertise is one thing the Dolphins haven’t had in lots of moons, and I’m busting simply enthusiastic about what they will accomplish.

The Tight Ends

Who knew this could be a place that may dole up so many emotions a month in the past? Not me. However when the Dolphins draft a pass-catching tight finish within the 4th spherical in Hunter Lengthy and signal a Corridor of Famer’s son who’s a basketball participant, after which everybody checks to see that Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe are free brokers subsequent 12 months, properly, everybody will get all antsy of their pantsy. Oh yeah, and Adam Imply Machine Shaheen is on the group as properly and is nice.

Miami had 11 TDs that got here out of this place final 12 months. So regardless that it’s being reported that the two-headed monster of Godsey and Studesville shall be having a a lot completely different playbook than final 12 months, which by the best way, no duh, it’s going to be completely different as a result of addition of Fuller and Waddle, the tight ends shall be utilized an excellent deal particularly and hopefully within the red-zone.

Gesicki is the person, and I like what he brings to the desk. His catch radius is round 94ft, and his toughness stage on a scale of 1-10 is someplace round a forty five. I don’t care that he’s not a stout run-blocker. He’s not right here to try this, so recover from that concept.

Gesicki is the #1 man on this group, and it’s not even shut. However the guys behind him aren’t any slouches. Smythe and Shaheen can each catch the ball, get upfield, and decrease the increase. These two can block higher than Gesicki, so there’s one other feather of their cap.

The addition of rookie Hunter Lengthy shall be attention-grabbing to see unfold. Truly, it won’t be attention-grabbing in any respect. Chances are high we received’t see him get a catch till round week 6. I really feel that’s how Flores works in guys like this.

Just like the quarterbacks, offensive line, and receivers, it’s superior to know that the backups are very able to getting the job completed, perhaps not on the identical caliber because the starters or in the identical means however nonetheless in a productive means. Smythe and Shaheen can play, and that’s all that issues.

You might have your self a terrific weekend.

By the Method- After I wrote this, I deliberate to cowl the entire group. Effectively, the pups cease-fire now ceases to exist, and it’s World Struggle 14 up in right here. So, I’m going to officiate that. I’ll do a defensive breakdown of all of the depth, which I additionally love an excellent deal, at these revered positions someplace sooner or later. It received’t be tomorrow. Large golf match tomorrow morning. You know the way it’s.

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