Tuesday, August 6, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: Miami Dolphins


Key Additions

WR Mike Wallace, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Dustin Keller, OT Tyson Clabo, G Lance Louis, DT Vaughn Martin, OLB Philip Wheeler, ILB Dannell Ellerbe, DE/OLB Dion Jordan (draft), CB Jamar Taylor (draft), G/OT Dallas Thomas (draft), CB Will Davis (draft), OLB Jelani Jenkins (draft), TE Dion Sims (draft), RB Mike Gillislee (draft), K Caleb Sturgis (draft)

Key Losses

RB Reggie Bush, WR Davone Bess, TE Anthony Fasano, OT Jake Long, DT Tony McDaniel, OLB Kevin Burnett, ILB Karlos Dansby, CB Sean Smith

Team Analysis

No team made more noise in free agency than the Miami Dolphins. They brought in one of the free agent class' flashiest players in Mike Wallace, and then completely remade their linebacking corps with the signings of Wheeler and Ellerbe. However, they also lost a few key players in free agency; most notably franchise tackle Jake Long, running back Reggie Bush, and cornerback Sean Smith. The Dolphins' front office has received much praise for their big free agent moves. However, I don't think the team got any better during the free agency period. The left tackle, cornerback, and running back positions are going to be big question marks going into the season. Another worry for Dolphins fans is that Tannehill and Wallace do not look to be on the same page thus far in the preseason. Tannehill's natural improvement and forming a connection with Wallace on the outside will be key to the Dolphins improving this season. If everything goes well, Miami could be a 10 win team with a shot at the post season. However, if their question marks aren't fixed early on, Miami could end up with the same record as last season and be watching the playoffs from home.

Projected Wins

7-10

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