The one thing that separates the good teams from the bad is how good the 2nd and 3rd team players are because injuries are inevitable when it comes to the NFL and it’s just a matter of who and when will come down with a season ending injury.
Then it becomes the “Next Man Up” rule and far to often it was a player obviously not better than the starter but how far down do the next players skill level falls is the question.
The 2019 Dolphins were a product of a complete tear down of the roster and picking up players from the scrap heap to fill out the roster. How bad was it? Ryan Fitzpatrick stated that he was introducing himself to the offensive linemen in our first game.
Added to that was the injuries of so many starting players and you can see why many were impressed and encouraged by the 5-11 season Brian Flores was able to accomplish. The Dolphins were the walking wounded as they had 19 players that ended up on I/R in 2019:
Xavien Howard, Preston Williams, Bobby McCain, Jakeem Grant, Cordrea Tankersley, Gary Jennings Jr., Ryan Lewis, Kalen Ballage, Ken Webster, Myles Gaskin, James Crawford, Raekwon McMillan, Ricardo Louis, Danny Isidora, Reshad Jones, Gerald Willis, Aqib Talib, Jonathan Ledbetter, Kavon Frazier (players in Bold no longer on the roster)
Miami have added 21 new players to the roster through both free agency and the draft:
2020 Draft Picks:
2020 Free Agents:
Byron Jones, Ereck Flowers, Shaq Lawson, Kyle Van Noy, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Jordan Howard, Elandon Roberts, Ted Karras, Clayton Fejedelem.
When you add it all up there will be 36 new faces on the Dolphins roster when they finally get together as of now. The difference is these new players are hand picked players that the Dolphins deemed worth adding to the team and they immediately upgraded the talent on the roster.
It should make for some very interesting battles for starting positions on the team but they also upgrade the 2nd and 3rd team rosters because there will be some very hard decisions to make regarding who will get the starting nod.
I will be breaking down the position battles over the next few weeks and present the match ups and who I think/hope will win the starting job. I will cover every position battle and the players involved.
The Dolphins training camp will be different this year due to covid-19 but so will every team in the league, hopefully they are getting the most out of the virtual meetings they are engaging in and these new players will catch on and soon prove their worth to the team that invested in their futures.
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