Arguably one of the most active offseasons in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins enter the 2013 season with a new look on the roster as well as a new logo. At Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, the Dolphins work out in preparation of the Joe Philbin era. In Philbin’s second season at the helm, he looks to take the 7-9 Dolphins of 2012 deep into the playoffs.
Is Ryan Tannehill really the answer? The Dolphins certainly hope so as he looks to lead another season under center. He’ll have the veteran, Matt Moore backing him up who is capable if Tannehill happens to go down. Pat Devlin looks to make the roster as third-string QB with Aaron “Camp Arm” Corp strings along for another ride with an NFL team.
Reggie Bush is gone. So, the Dolphins will look to Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas to lead the rushing attack. The Dolphins also selected Mike Gillislee in the 5th Round of the Draft. Marcus Thigpen will fight for a roster spot as well with Jonas Gray. The Dolphins will also employ a Fullback or two in Charles Clay who returns and looks to play a bigger role in 2013. He will be accompanied by Jorvorskie Lane or the troubled Evan Rodriguez.
The Dolphins went out and acquired Mike Wallace this offseason to pair up with Brian Hartline, Tannehill’s top target of 2012. They’ll be stretching the field with the help of newcomer Brandon Gibson as well as Rishard Matthews. Armon Binns (24 Catches in 2012) sits on the IR. The other WR spots will be fought for by Jeff Fuller, Marvin McNutt and others.
Dustin Keller went down with an injury leaving Tight End open for Michael Egnew and Dion Sims (4th Round) to duke it out. Kyle Miller will look for space on the roster but may be bumped out by an extra Fullback.
Jake Long has departed for St. Louis leaving Left Tackle open for Jonathan Martin to slide across the line from the right. With Right Tackle now open, former Falcon Tyson Clabo moves into his natural position there. Inside, at the Guard spots will be Richie Incognito and John Jerry who will flank Center Mike Pouncey. Lance Louis and Nate Garner will provide veteran experience to rotate in along with rookie Dallas Thomas (3rd Round) and Jeff Adams. Josh Samuda, Will Yeatman and Jeff Braun will fight for roster space along with Chris Barker and Andrew McDonald.
In the Dolphins 4-3, plenty of new faces will provide for a deep defense. Up on the line, veterans Paul Soliai and Randy Starks will provide the bulk inside at Defensive Tackle and will have strong backups rotating in with Jared Odrick and Vaughn Martin, Kheeston Randall will look to sub in on certain packages. On the outside at Defensive End, Dion Jordan, the Dolphins 1st-Round pick will team up with Cameron Wake to put pressure on opposing QB’s. Derrick Shelby and Olivier Vernon will work in on packages and Antwan Applewhite, Chris Burnette, Tracy Robertson, Tristan Okpalaugo will fight for a roster spot.
New faces will look to make a quick impact in Miami as Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe have been taking first team reps with Koa Misi. They’ll rotate out with Jonathan Freeny, Jason Trusnik and Austin Spitler along with Josh Kaddu. They’ll look to groom rookies Michael Clay (Undrafted), Alonzo Highsmith, Jr. (Undrafted), Jelani Jenkins (4th Round), Nathan Williams (Undrafted) and David Hinds (Undrafted). Lee Robinson looks for a roster spot.
Newly acquired Brent Grimes looks to have a healthy season at Cornerback with Dimitri Patterson, both combined for only 3 appearances in 2012. They’ll have help with experienced Nolan Carroll and De’Andre Presley backing them up with Julian Posey. 3rd-Round selection Will Davis from Utah State will look to contribute along with 2nd-Round pick Jamar Taylor from Boise State. Jordan Kovacs will look to make the team at Cornerback with R.J. Stanford. At Safety, several young talents will fight for limited space with starters Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons leading the pace. Jimmy Wilson will look to rotate in with Kelcie McCray. Undrafted Keelan Johnson and 7th-Round pick Don Jones will hope for a roster spot.
Dan Carpenter was released making rookie Caleb Sturgis the man at Kicker. Brandon Fields will resume duty at Punter and Marcus Thigpen looks to field returns.