The Miami Dolphins make me Cry nevertheless will they keep the tears at a minimum this season? Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is back, I hope so.
Head coach Adam Gase and the Dolphins front office passed on the QB position in the draft instead drafting Minkah Fitzpatrick 11th overall in the first round. Fitzpatrick has been impressive, but confidence is in Tannehill who is returning after missing all of 2017 with a torn ACL in his left knee.
It is a team sport. Offensively, Tannehill will have help around him. Miami’s strength is arguably the wide receiver and tight end positions. Jarvis Landry has taken his talents to the Cleveland Browns but welcomed free agents Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. Kenny Stills is reliable all over the field. Gase added the TE he has been dreaming of in Miami; drafting 6’6, 249 pound Mike Gesicki in the second round out of Penn State.
The offensive line was terrible last year. The running game barely existed because of it. Center Mike Pouncey and guard Jermon Bushrod will not be walking through the Dolphins locker room doors. The time to shine and show their physical abilities is now for tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja Wuan James.
Kenyan Drake is my sleeper on this offense. Drake has shown flashes of improvisation. Veteran Frank Gore will be there not to only mentor but to compete.
On defense, the Dolphins drop some weight in Ndamukong Suh. But in return Miami did not help the defensive line, the salary cap benefited. It will be up to Cameron Wake lead by example on closing the pocket. Robert Quinn who was acquired from the Rams, Andre Branch and Charles Harris will need to follow Wake’s lead and generate pressure their way.
WWW prediction: The Dolphins final four games: New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins can win one of those games, majority of their wins will need to be padded in front end of their schedule. Last year Miami was 6-10 without a starting QB, with Tannehill back, 8-8 overall.