2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: MIAMI DOLPHINS
MIAMI DOLPHINS (AFC East)
2016 Record 10-6 (5-1 in Division)
KEY ADDITIONS: LB Lawrence Timmons, DE William Hayes, S Nate Allen, S T.J Mcdonald
KEY DEPARTURES: LT Branden Alberts, DE Mario Williams
2016 SEASON RECAP
After a rocky start the Miami Dolphins had a very positive 2016 season under the guidance of new head coach Adam Gase. The Dolphins started 1-4 last season and seemed to be headed into the sewers of the AFC. However over the next 10 weeks the Dolphins offense would pick up under the brilliant running of Jay Ajayi who rushed for 1,272 yards and 8 TD’s in 2016. Ryan Tannehill also had the best season of his career even with an injury sidelining him for 3 games. Tannehill threw for 2,995 yards 19TDs with 12 INT’s. The numbers may seem low but Tannehill was very accurate completing on 261 of 389 pass attempts (67.1%) finishing the season with a QBR of 93.5.
The addition of Mario Williams was a disappointment as the former #1 pick recorded only 1.5 sacks all season. Although the Dolphins improved from 6-10 to 10-6 and made the playoffs in 2016 they are a team that has a lot of growing to do. The offense averaged 22.7/G marking them a mid level offense at 17. There defense was nothing stellar either giving up 380 points in 2016, an average of 23.8/G. To be honest the Dolphins came off the field a very lucky team last year. The Dolphins went 8-2 in one score games. Meaning 8 of their 10 wins were won by 7 or less. That’s a game of inches.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
The Miami Dolphins finished 10-6 last season including a 5-1 record in the AFC East. The Dolphins are certainly a team on everyones radar. New Coach Adam Gase has the Dolphins believing in themselves and this may be their season to prove it to the world. The Dolphins spent free agency keeping the core squad together to make a true push against in the AFC. With the addition of LB Lawrence Timmons and Safeties Nate Allen and T.J McDonald, The Dolphins look to improve their defense.
Jay Ajayi exploded onto the scene last season for Miami and is looking to be the man for Miami in 2017. The receiving corp of Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker look to extend on their chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. Miami has also brought in TE Julius Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars to beef up the red zone offense. Tannehill will need to prove his worth if he hopes to carry his team over the hump. In 2016 we saw Tannehils best season and he still didn’t reach 3,000 yards or 30+ TD’s. In order to compete in today’s NFL, especially in the same division as you know who, Tannehill has got to find a way to get his receivers the ball and score on more drives.
Cameron Wake (11.5 sacks) and Ndamukong Suh (5.0 sacks) are looking to have a strong season and wreak havoc on QB’s this season. Under the leadership of Adam Gase the Dolphins look poised to make big noise in 2017.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Jay Ajayi, WR Jarvis Landry, DE Cameron Wake, DT Ndamukong Suh
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
10 – 6