August 15th, 2016
The Miami Dolphins should be a lot better on offense as Ryan Tannehill will be entering his 2nd season with this group of receivers. Tannehill who was in the Top 10 in league in total yardage, needs to make a huge jump this season if the Dolphins are going to switch with him. In the backfield the Dolphins and Texans pretty much swapped Arian Foster for Lamar Miller and both should be fine. If Foster plays 13 or more games, he will be well worth the discounted cost to the Dolphins for his service. Laremy Tunsil could prove to be the steal of the draft, but there will be some growing pains with the rookie, but he should find the field eventually.
The Dolphins have added both Byron Maxwell and Mario Williams on defense but it won’t be enough, even with Cameron Wake, and Ndamukong Suh suited up and ready to go. This unit is nice, but still won’t be able to stop the Jets or Patriots in their division. If Suh is able to earn his game check this season the unit should get a boost as a whole but there are too many holes at almost every level to overcome.
Jay Ajayi is first on the depth chart at the RB position and is having a great spring. He’s not going to give up the pill that easy, so Dolphin Nation will have to be patient with Arian Foster. Ajayi is great in pass protection, and can get out and block as well. He gives Tannehill another target to throw to out of the backfield.
Devante Parker was really starting to make huge receiving strides towards the end of the last season. His last six games were outstanding, and he has built up quite a rapport with his QB. Parker’s effectiveness will free up Jarvis Landry to get single coverage and another dependable target in the passing game makes everyone better. Look for Parker to improve on last season’s numbers quite easily.
Landry and Parker should put up exceptional numbers this season, as the learning curve has dropped out. In PPR leagues Landry could be a top 5 wide out, so he shouldn’t be scoffed at on draft day. Last year was not a fluke, the kid can catch, and his volume should not decrease. TD total will be a drag, and the Dolphins red zone is pretty bad, but Landry should have a ton of yards, and receptions.
The Dolphins start 3 of their first 4 games on the road against playoff teams from last year, so it should be accepted that they will start 1-3. They still will have to travel to San Diego, St. Louis, the Jets, and the Ravens, which should create a hole for them that’s difficult to get out of. Anything more than five wins for this new team and new coach staff should be considered gravy. The Dolphins will finish dead last in the East with a 5-11 record.