Despite the everlong NFL lockout, the Miami Dolphins have still managed to fill out the roster through the draft earlier this spring.
While they failed to answer all of the pressing questions that they faced entering the off-season, they added some what hopes to be, integral parts to the offense. With the team filling the needs at center/guard, running back, tight end, and speed wide receiver/returner, the Dolphins offense should be loaded with even more weapons than we’ve seen in years.
While the team will undoubtedly be shedding some contracts, such as Ricky Williams, and possibly Ronnie Brown, and Tony McDaniel, the team is looking to retain at least one or two of those aforementioned players.
With free agency set to start later than usual this year because of the ongoing lockout, that should take care of even more roster spots. The Dolphins are believed to be taking an interest in DeAngelo Williams, and possibly Mike Sims-Walker, this off-seasons emphasis is undoubtedly the offensive side of the ball.
But the questions going into this season will not be how many holes the Fins need to fill, but who will start, and whether those players can be competent enough for the Dolphins to contend for a playoff birth this year.
Even though the Dolphins strong suit is defense, they have an enormous amount of depth on the defensive line, and also will be stretched thin at outside linebacker this season.
The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Paul Solia, and Randy Starks and either Jared Odrick, or Tony McDaniel will get the start alongside him depending on whether or not McDaniel is retained.
At the linebacker spots, Channing Crowder, Karlos Dansby, and Cameron Wake will be the stars of this corps, with Koa Misi on the rise as well. But after the starting four, the depth behind them is a question mark. Who steps in if someone goes down with an injury? Who steps up if someones play is poor? The front four is solid, but I have concerns with our depth.
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