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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The Dolphins are going through morning practices, and just from reading some of the comments on Twitter from the various reporters that are there covering the practices, it seems that CJ Mosely is starting to round into shape and is giving the offensive guards problems, especially the rookie, Jamil Douglas.
It has been said before and it is being reinforced. The Dolphins defensive line has the potential to be an ELITE unit. Miami offensive line get's to work against this unit on a daily basis. And while they may look bad, very bad on some occasions, they will not face many units better. With that said, 2 of the very best defensive fronts are in the same division, at Buffalo and the New York Jets. Continued improvement and chemistry needs to be established, and possibly a decision will need to be made in regards to FA OG Evan Mathis and if the Dolphins will look to bring him in. He is supposedly ready to make a decision on a team in the near future.
The questions about the Linebacker group and depth are coming to the fore front right now. During the preseason game against the Bears, both Chris McClain and Jordan Tripp got hurt in the game, but while McCain has been able to practice, Tripp left the field with help and a boot on. UDFA Mike Hull and Zach Vigil looked good today from accounts that I have read, and Jeff Luc flashed a little as well. Those 3 UDFA along with fellow UDFA Neville Hewitt have a chance to make the team because of the concerns about depth. That, and you want to have linebackers on your special teams units as well.
These young kids will have the rest of the preseason to prove that they can play that game at this level, and having quality depth will be a big key for the Dolphins to develop.
Now, to the preseason game against the Bears, and the first thing I need to say is I did not get a chance to see the game, as the replay on the NFL Network came on 10:00 AM Friday morning. Like most of us, I was at work and did not set up to record the game. From what I was able to pick up from reading the various comments from both beat reporters and fans, the 1st units on both sides of the ball looked SHARP, the offensive line included. Offense scored a touchdown, although some have pointed out it came on a 4th down play at the 2 yard line, and in most cases the Dolphins would have probably kicked the field goal. This is probably true, but the fact of the matter is, they moved the ball down the field. They MUST do a better job of getting touchdowns instead of field goals though. After the first drive, the back up personnel came in and played the rest of the game, and from what I could tell, they needed the reps.
Same goes for the defensive unit, as they got a 3 and out. Suh showed what he means to the defense, as he drew double teams for the most part and allowed the rest of the DL and linebackers flow to the ball and make plays. Suh is that RARE DT that teams have to account for on EVERY PLAY. He is a force agains the run and pass. According to who you believe, the 2nd unit DL came in and played well also, as Terrence Fede, Jordan Phillips and CJ Mosely all played well. Some thought they did not play as well, so this is why I wish I would have seen the game to judge for myself. Most, if not all the media accounts of the 2nd unit DL was positive though. The negative comments came from a couple of posters on Phinfever.
Questions still need to be answered. And as far as I am concerned, the most important thing is to come out of preseason at healthy as possible and by all means avoid that devestating injury.
We are getting closer and closer to the opener in Washington. Can't Wait.