As a lot as Dolphins coach Adam Gase loves his roster, he’s repeatedly painted it as a perform in progress. There’s nevertheless a lot to figure out personnel-sensible, and that method kicks into higher gear when coaching camp opens Thursday morning.
As Gase approaches the get started of a important third season with Miami, right here are 5 complications he has to resolve more than the subsequent handful of weeks:
1. They need to have a backup quarterback.
It is fine for the Dolphins to be optimistic about Ryan Tannehill’s knee, and there seems to be very good trigger for that, but they know far better than to assume he’ll make it via all 16 games. They basically came out and mentioned that in January, which produced it perplexing that they did not safe a confirmed backup in the offseason. Gase says he’s supremely self-assurance in David Fales and/or Brock Osweiler as the backup — he appears to favor Fales — but each of them come with query marks.
two. Their linebacker corps should strengthen.
As a former linebackers coach, defensive coordinator Matt Burke should have been exasperated by how underwhelming the Dolphins had been at that position final year. They’ve got a very good get started with Raekwon McMillan in the middle and Kiko Alonso on the outdoors, assuming they remain healthier, but there’s no certainty beyond these two. Stephone Anthony’s had an up-and-down profession, Mike Hull and Chase Allen haven’t confirmed themselves as NFL starters, and it may take a whilst for draft picks Jerome Baker and Quentin Poling to materialize into contributors.
three. Kenyan Drake has to establish himself as a best weapon.
The Dolphins’ collection of ability players has a lot of very good talent, but is there a good 1 amongst them? Drake’s speed and versatility, combined with Gase’s inventiveness, provides him a opportunity to stand out. When he took more than as fairly a lot the only healthier operating back obtainable late final season, he closed the year with a league-very best 444 yards (four.9 per carry) more than the final 5 games. He also caught 17 passes for 150 yards throughout that span. But the jump from there to becoming a premier weapon is a large 1, and it’ll take a lot more than just physical capability.
four. There’s a large vacancy at kicker.
Kicker and punter are positions that fans (and teams, for that matter) often take for granted, and that could hurt the Dolphins this season. They regret losing Cody Parkey in no cost agency and now move forward with seventh-rounder Jason Sanders competing against undrafted neighborhood item Greg Joseph. Neither appears to have an edge soon after their 1st 3 months in the organization, so coaching camp determine it.
five. Defensive finish has to be an absolute strength.
The Dolphins’ salary cap ledger tends to make 1 issue undeniably clear: They worth pass rushers above all else. It is fine to commit large at that position, but they have to get final results there. Robert Quinn and Andre Branch are the two most significant salary cap hits on the roster this year, combining for $21.four million, and Cameron Wake is fifth at $9.six million. These 3 are consuming up about 17 % of Miami’s total spending, according to Spotrac. With a 1st line of Quinn and Wake followed by a second wave of Branch and Charles Harris, Miami demands to be in the best 10 in sacks this year.
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