2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Miami Dolphins
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Dolphins were supposed to breakthrough last season but it didn't work out as expected. Injuries didn't help matters for the team, though. Miami is healthy this year and has some new players in the mix, which should help for a rebound. Don't expect them to make the playoffs but they can be a .500 team. The defense still isn't great and has some holes. The offense could be pretty good, though, with some new players. The big issue will be the defense, which can be vulnerable to the big game. They'll need to shore up the defense before they can be expected to make the playoffs.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
If he is going to have that breakout season, we think this is the year for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to do it. He has a revamped offensive line, a new offensive coordinator and some new weapons at receiver. Things are really lined up for Tannehill to have a big season. He is always capable of the big game and played well much of the season last year despite having a terrible offensive line in front of him. He should do much better since he isn't likely to be running for his life most games this season.
FANTASY DUD
He signed a big contract with the team this offseason but that doesn't mean running back Knowshon Moreno will be handed a bunch of playing time. He was out of shape in offseason workouts and worked with the second team much of the time. This wasn't a good start for Moreno. He also has the talented Lamar Miller to compete with for carries. Miller probably has more talent than Moreno and could grab playing time for him if he can start running with consistency. It is just going to be really hard for Moreno to match his last season with the Broncos.

Team Notes

Aug 28, 11:32 PM Miami Dolphins LB Jordan Tripp (chest) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, with a chest injury and did not return.
Aug 28, 11:22 AM Miami Dolphins OG Billy Turner (foot) hopes to return to practice next week even though he has been wearing a walking boot this week. Turner has a bone bruise in his left foot and will not need surgery.
Aug 27, 08:13 PM Miami Dolphins WR Marcus Thigpen (hamstring) will play in the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, against the St. Louis Rams. He hasn't done much at receiver in training camp and the preseason, but he is a valuable kick returner. The team is exploring other options, such as WRs Jarvis Landry and Damian Williams. If the team is comfortable with the alternatives, Thigpen's roster spot could be in jeopardy.
Aug 27, 08:13 PM Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring) will play in the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, against the St. Louis Rams.
Aug 27, 08:13 PM Miami Dolphins CB Don Jones is on the roster bubble. While he is strong on special teams, he doesn't offer much else, and his roster spot could be in jeopardy.
Aug 27, 06:43 PM The Miami Dolphins placed PK John Potter (hip) on the Reserved/Injured list Thursday, Aug. 27.
Aug 27, 11:53 AM Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is expected to have more carries than Lamar Miller, in the opinion of Omar Kelly.
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins RBs Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno split first-team snaps in practice the past two days, and head coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that the job is open. However, he was more effusive and expansive discussing Miller than Moreno this week. 'I like everything Lamar has done since he's gotten here,' Philbin said. 'He's had an excellent offseason and camp. I like everything he's done since April 21.'

Fantasy Impact: At this point, it really isn't known which back will get more carries. They are both a risk.
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins CB Will Davis has emerged as the clear front-runner over CB Jamar Taylor in the preseason.
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) has made progress in his recovery from hip surgery, and he might not begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. However, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday, Aug. 25, that no official decision has been made. He might be able to return in late September, but if he starts on PUP he would be forced to sit for six weeks.
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins RBs Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas are locked in a heated battle for the No. 3 running back job. If Thomas loses out and is cut, the team would save $815,565 against the cap.
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins LB Jonathan Freeny is in jeopardy of losing a roster spot, as LB Jelani Jenkins has come on. Head coach Joe Philbin said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that Jenkins 'has showed up the last couple games a little more, played more physical.'
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins WR Marcus Thigpen might make the 53-man roster, and his fate could hinge partly on his performance in the return game Thursday, Sept. 4. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor reportedly likes Thigpen.
Aug 27, 01:53 AM Miami Dolphins OT Jason Fox is in serious jeopardy of being cut, as OT Dallas Thomas was taking backup right tackle snaps in practice Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 04:43 PM The Miami Dolphins placed DT A.J. Francis (knee), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and TE Arthur Lynch (back) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 04:33 PM The Miami Dolphins released WR Armon Binns, DE Rakim Cox, TE Brett Brackett, DT Cory Grissom and OG Tyler Larsen.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Branden Albert, OT; Earl Mitchell, DT; Louis Delmas, S; Knowshon Moreno, RB; Cortland Finnegan, CB. 

Losses:
Paul Soliai, DT; Dimitri Patterson, CB; Jonathan Martin, OL. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  19 Ja'Wuan JamesOL
 # 2  31 Jarvis LandryWR
 # 3  3 Billy TurnerOL
 # 4  25 Walt AikensDB
 # 5  15 Arthur LynchTE
 # 5  31 Jordan TrippLB
 # 6  14 Matt HazelWR
 # 7  19 Terrence FedeDL
 Undrafted Damien WilliamsRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     New England
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Buffalo
3     Sep 21 4:25PM     Kansas City
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Oakland
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Green Bay
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Chicago
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     San Diego
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at Detroit
11     Nov 13 8:25PM     Buffalo
12     Nov 23 4:25PM     at Denver
13     Dec 1 8:30PM     at New York Jets
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Baltimore
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at New England
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Minnesota
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     New York Jets
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