Well it has been a long off season so far, and it will continue to feel like forever until the start of training camp. However, here is some Dolphins news to wet your beak with. The Dolphins started OTAs this past week and it was pretty informative for the most part. Though their is no full speed action and no pads, several Dolphins impressed and showed that they can have an impact this season. With all the new rookies coming in and the few veteran signings from free agency, there was a lot to find out about these new Dolphins. So here is a quick recap of the new roster situation.
Starting with the coaching staff, Adam Gase has another year to fully implement his offense and year of in-game head coaching to work on. The coaching staff remains intact, aside from Matt Burke taking over for Vance Joseph. Burke has said that there will be few changes tot he schemes, just improvements on the fundamentals and rotations.
Those defensive rotations allude to the DT, DE, LB, and SS positions. Starting with linebacker, the Dolphins went out and signed veteran ILB Lawrence Timmons to go along with Kiko Alonso and maybe rookie Raekwon McMillan? Alonso held down the middle last year, but can move over to the weak side, while Timmons handles the Middle. The SAM spot is up for grabs between the rookie and veteran Koa Misi. It is hard to judge the LB’s on their OTAs performance, as they all played various spots and, of course, did not have to tackle. With that said I would shocked if the rotation is not Alonso, Timmons, Misi, and then McMillan. The Dolphins like what the rookie can do and he has a good football IQ. With the former LB coach now running the defense, this group should perform much better than last season. Especially against the run.
The other positions on defense worth noting are SS, with Nate Allen replacing Isa Abdul-Quddus from last year. The Dolphins also brought in TJ McDonald, but he is serving an 8-game suspension, so you may see him start in the fall. The CBs are all set with Howard healthy and Maxwell returning. The Phins have depth at this position with the addition of rookie Cordrea Tankersley. At the all important DT spot next to Ndamukong Suh, the Phins have Jordan Philips, but drafted two more DTs to help give Philips a, well, push.
The big selection from draft night came on the defensive line with Charles Harris a DE. While he is not expected to start, he will be a crucial rotation, maybe 3rd down pass rusher alongside Wake.
So what happening on offense? Nothing really. Just good old fashion continuity…but really, there are some big changes. Lets start with Laremy Tunsil at the LT spot. The Dolphins (and myself) believe he will do a superb job at his original spot. Why is now moving to LT after his guard stint? Because Brandon Albert is gone, traded for Julius Thomas (Thanks Albert!). Which brings us to the new and improved TE unit. We got the aforementioned Thomas and making his long awaited return to Miami…Anthony Fasano! Just what everyone wanted right? Well, I did. We now have blocking and pass catching with limited concussions. So that’s pretty much it for offense, still waiting for the following; a Landry contract extension, DeVante Parker to develop a work ethic, Ryan Tannehill to show us that mobility, a lead candidate for the starting guard spot, and the season to get here… any day now.
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