Coming into early July, the Dolphins roster looks to host numerous position battles come training camp. Dolphin’s training camp will begin July 20th, and will provide plenty of excitement that will carry into the preseason. Within the Dolphins’s position battles stands numerous newly acquired additions that took place in this eventful offseason. Today we look into the most intriguing battles that will continue throughout the season.
The Dolphins and Cowboys will open up the 2013 NFL preseason on August 4th in the annual Hall of Fame game, but there are still many unanswered questions regarding the Dolphin’s starting roster that will be answered within the next month. Topping off a sub par, yet surprising season last year, the Dolphins spent an astonishing amount of cap room on free agents. With these key additions, they also managed to create a younger, yet faster team. Notably headlining the Dolphin’s additions lands wideout Mike Wallace, who stands atop of a battling receiving corps. Secondly it’s more odvious that returning wideout Brian Hartline will be containing the 2nd spot on the depth chart. Bringing in these two recievers creates an inspiring scheme of weapons for 2nd year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. However below these 2 proven wideouts stands a core of youngsters looking to show themselves through training camp. These notable receivers include players like Rishard Mathews, Armon Binns, Brian Tyms and newly acquired Marvin Mcnutt. Throughout OTA’s Rishard Matthews seemed to headline this group of wideouts, but come training camp don’t be surprised to see any of these youngsters to jump or fall in the depth chart.
Secondly, the cornerback position comes off as an intriguing competition for some young names and veterans in the mix. Newly acquired Brent Grimes has impressed many with his comeback from a torn Achilles he suffered last year, as he looks to round out the depth chart. Grimes holds great awareness at the cornerback position and aid great at creating turnovers, exactly what the Dolphins secondary lacked in the past. On the opposing side of Grimes seems obtained by Richard Marshall, who took the spot behind Sean Smith last year, after the Dolphins traded Vontae Davis to the Colts. However underneath these two hopeful starters, is a variety of different personnel including veteran Dimitri Patterson, and rookie Jamar Taylor. Coming into training camp Dolphins fans should be excited to see such depth at an important position in the pass friendly AFC East.
In April the Dolphins traded up in the 2013 draft to surprise many and draft a quick defensive end from Oregon, in Dion Jordan. The Dolphins are very hopeful that Jordan can quickly transform into the NFL and bring down quarter backs on the opposite side of Cameron Wake, however I feel a little uncertain about this right end position at this time. Below Wake, lands Oliver Vernon, Jared Odrick, and Derrick Shelby. A young crew who have yet proven themselves at defensive end. Its quite odvious the Dolphins need some heat coming from the right end position, and these few look to grind it out throughout the season. Personally, I believe Dion Jordan will obtain the right end position, and will take some pressure off of Cameron Wake.
Lastly, the Dolphins look to pick up the running game in the upcoming season, as veteran running back Reggie Bush left for Detroit due to free agency. Lamar Miller, who is now entering his second year in the league, looks to make an impact for the Dolphins’s run game. With such young age at such a vital position, there is still uncertainty surrounding Lamar Miller. Lamar who seems to be the coaches favorite so far, averaged about 5 yards per carry last season, as he stands above another young Dolphins position. Daniel Thomas who was drafted a few years back has battled numerous leg injuries and looks to stay healthy in 2013. Mike Gillislee, who the Dolphins drafted this year out of Florida has also turned heads throughout OTA’s. If the Dolphins are unsure about their backfield as well, we may see numerous running backs taking carries in the backfield this season.
So there are many position battles we are looking forward to this year, and as a Dolphins fan approaching the start of another season, I am feeling optimistic to see what this season brings. Stay tuned throughout training camp and the preseason to see how these players progress, and who makes the final cut.
What positions/who headlines your watch list for the 2013 season?