This is one of my signature articles and it’s been a while since I have done this article (2018) so I thought this would be a great time to take a look at the current players on the roster and how they fare so far.
(Definition of the 4 categories the players fall under)
- Players on the Rise: These are players who I feel can start for this Dolphin team they are playing the best on this team and are very good examples for the rest to try to live up to…Some can even be starters for any team in the NFL.
- Players stuck in Neutral: These are players who might have potential but so far have been average or unimpressive, sometimes due to injury, some are just collecting a check but is not thinking of the short life the NFL provides it’s players (an average of 4 years) if they don’t capitalize on their opportunity now they will soon be looking back at the wasted youth and say “I wish I would have done more” NOW IS THE TIME TO STEP UP! They can either do one of two things move their stock up or down but staying in neutral will eventually be deemed as falling stock.
- Players whose stock is falling: These are players who for some reason like suspensions, injuries or just not playing to the standard they need to make the team, they are not living up to their potential or pay, either way it’s not a good thing for them or the Dolphins. It’s time they crap or get off the pot. Because they will end up traded or cut if their stock continues to fall.
- Players under the Radar: These are players who can “if given the opportunity” take it to another level; they are young and full of potential and if properly coached can be special. They could also be players acquired in the off season (like the Draft, free agency or trades) but have yet to play in a Dolphins uniform.
Keeping in mind the youth of the team no players stock should be falling at this stage of the season.
Players on the Rise
Tua Tagovailoa, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Sony Michel, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson, Durham Smythe, Hunter Long, Mike Gesicki, Alec Ingold, Terron Armstead, Liam Eichenberg, Connor Williams, Robert Hunt, Austin Jackson
Emmanuel Ogbah, Raekwon Davis, Christian Wilkins, Zach Sieler, Jaelan Phillips, Jerome Baker, Elandon Roberts, Xavien Howard, Jevon Holland, Brandon. Jones, Melvin Ingram III Nick Needham, Andrew Van Ginkel, Trill Williams
Players stuck in Neutral:
Sam Eguavoen, Noah Igbinoghene, Byron Jones
Players whose stock is falling:
Preston Williams, Lynn Bowden Jr., Michael Deiter, Solomon Kindley
Players under the Radar:
Erik Ezukanma, Channing Tindall
I do not include every player on the roster just the ones who are starting or a key backup. If I forgot anyone or listed a player no longer on the team please let me know. Also let me know if you agree or disagree with my rankings and who you would change. I have been known to edit it if I agree.