With both the Bills and Jets making significant improvements in the off-season, it could be a very season for the Dolphins, the argument could be made that currently they have one of the weakest rosters in the NFL, with no real difference maker on offence, and minus Xavien Howard, it’s not much better on defence. The offensive line looks especially shaky, so whether it be Fitzpatrick or Rosen under centre, they best be prepared to take a beating.
Speaking of the two signal callers, it looks as if Fitzpatrick will start week 1, and is very familiar with the AFC East having started for both the Jets and Bills, over his 14 year career. Whilst he does scramble every now and again, you will need to see odds in excess of 20/1 if you’re looking for value.
At running-back Kenyan Drake had a fairly good season behind the ageless Frank Gore, scoring 9 times (5 of which were through the air), however, word from Dolphins training camp is that second year back Kalen Ballage is slated to be the number one back, which is somewhat of a surprise given how consistent Drake has been when he’s been given opportunities. If Drake does in fact get the majority of the carries, he could grab some nice returns in what could be a sputtering offence.
The Dolphins have 3 very ‘serviceable’ wide-outs in Devante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Albert Wilson. With Fitzmagic known for slinging the ball, they all may see plenty of targets, with Kenny Stills being head and shoulders above the other guys when it comes to career scoring rates. They also added Allen Hurns after a disappointing season with the Cowboys, but whether he breaks into the starting line-up is yet to be seen.
Who see’s the field at tight-end is anyone’s guess, Mike Gesicki is clearly the best athlete, but they also have Nick O’Leary, Dwayne Allen and Clive Warford on the roster. At the moment I wouldn’t be comfortable backing any of them, until some sort of snap count is established for each guy.