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

Oct 25, 04:32 PM Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan was activated to the 53-man roster Saturday, Oct. 25, after serving his suspension. WR Damian Williams was waived to make room for him.
Oct 25, 12:42 PM Miami Dolphins LB Jason Trusnik could start at middle linebacker in Week 8 if LB Koa Misi (ankle) is not able to play.
Oct 24, 06:02 PM Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8.
Oct 24, 06:02 PM Miami Dolphins SS Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 8. LB Koa Misi (ankle) is listed as questionable, while OT Branden Albert (elbow), LS John Denney (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), CB Brent Grimes (groin), DT Jared Odrick (neck), C Samson Satele (hamstring), TE Dion Sims (neck) and LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder, thumb) are listed as probable. Misi did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24. Albert, Denney, Odrick and Wheeler fully participated in practice, while the other players were limited during practice.
Oct 23, 06:12 PM Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Oct 23, 06:12 PM Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. CBs Cortland Finnegan (neck), Brent Grimes (groin), TE Dion Sims (neck) and S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) were limited. OT Branden Albert (elbow), LS John Denney (knee), WR Brandon Gibson (knee), S Reshad Jones (tooth), DT Jared Odrick (neck), C Samson Satele (hamstring) and LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder, thumb) participated fully.
Oct 23, 02:32 PM Miami Dolphins LB Koa Misi (undisclosed) was not participating during the media-access portion of practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Misi was not on the injury report Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 23, 02:12 PM Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has completed 72 percent of his passes for 799 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions since the team refused to name him the starter heading into their Week 4 game. Several reasons account for this, starting with the fact that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has reduced long passing plays, and he has installed more of the read-option play. Tannehill also has proven that he can step up in the face of pressure and adversity. He threw 12 touchdown passes and five interceptions in five games after the team's 2013 bullying scandal. The biggest factor this year, though, has been Lazor tailoring the offense to Tannehill's strengths. The team has averaged 5.9 yards per play on 254 snaps where Tannehill has been the focal point. In the 148 snaps where he hasn't been, the team averages 4.5 yards per play. Tannehill is also protecting the ball much better, and he's on pace to turn the ball over 13 times this year, compared to 22 times last season.
Oct 22, 05:53 PM Miami Dolphins T Branden Albert (elbow), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), WR Brandon Gibson (knee), CB Brent Grimes (groin), C Samson Satele (hamstring), TE Dion Sims (neck) and S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) all were limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 05:53 PM Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Oct 22, 02:23 PM Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has moved ahead of WR Brandon Gibson on the team's depth chart. Gibson said no one has explained to him why he was inactive for Week 7.

Fantasy Impact: Gibson is going to be released sooner than later. He should find work with another team, though.
Oct 22, 02:13 PM Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has completed five of his 18 passes that have gone for at least 20 yards this season and is on pace to throw only 48 deep passes this season. Tannehill has thrown 58 play-action passes and is on pace to throw more than the 90 play-action passes he throw last season. He has an 87.6 passer rating on play-action passes.
Oct 22, 02:03 PM Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries so far this season, after rushing only 40 times for 238 yards in the entire 2013 season. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has been willing to call the read option more often.
Oct 21, 02:23 PM Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) practiced with a brace on his right knee Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Oct 20, 10:33 AM Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was effective in a scaled-back offense that utilized short-to-intermediate throws and reduced the number of troubling deep throws Sunday, Oct. 19. He was 25-for-32 for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 7 game and rushed six times for 48 yards. He completed his first 14 passes to open the game for the second time in three weeks.

Fantasy Impact: Tannehill had a much better showing, proving he could be a help for fantasy teams once again.
Oct 19, 11:52 AM The Miami Dolphins have declared DL Anthony Johnson, OT Billy Turner, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Gator Hoskins, OT Jason Fox, S Jimmy Wilson, OG Shelley Smith inactive for Week 7.

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 Orleans DarkwaRB
 Undrafted Damien WilliamsRB
 Undrafted Chris McCainLB

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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