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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Unfortunately, I missed most of the 1st half of the Miami-Carolina preseason game last night. By the time I tuned in, it was 14-0 with 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. The Dolphins would end up losing the game 31-30, but once again, this was a game where the first team unit for the Dolphins came out and dominated.
QB Ryan Tannehill has been extremely sharp this preseason, and is 15-18 in the 2 games so far. You can tell that he is more comfortable in the 2nd year of Bill Lazor offense and it is showing on the field. The offensive line still remains a work in progress, especially the offensive guards as Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel pointed out last night. Miami will need to make a decision on if they want to make a run at FA OG Evan Mathis, who was in Seattle on Saturday to talk with the Seahawks. And I just read a tweet this morning from Omar Kelly stating the Dolphins are OUT of the Evan Mathis sweepstakes, so considering the source, take it for what it is worth.
What I have seen of this offensive line though, is that there is very little depth behind the starters right now. OLT Jason Fox left the game with what most are believing is a concussion. If he cannot play, and I don't believe Brandon Albert is ready to play, do you play Ryan Tannehill. The 3rd preseason game is the most game like preseason game, as team game plan for the team they will play, and the starters will play into the 2nd half. Miami has a decision to make possibly, depending on the status of Fox. My thoughts are that if Fox cannot play, you play Ryan that first series, maybe 2 and then get him out, depending on how the OL looks. You can't take a chance on getting him hurt.
I believe the Dolphins need to look at some of the veteran tackles that are still available, as Sam Baker and Jake Long are still out there. Yes, I realize Jake has not been able to stay healhty the last 3 years, but as a backup, he could provide top notch experience, and the same goes for Sam Baker. Right now, the OL depth leaves a LOT to be desired.
On the defensive side of the ball, I see the same thing. The first team goes out and control the game and even has a goal line stand. Then the 2nd and 3rd team guys come in and you have concerns about the depth, especially at linebacker. The secondary also had some injuries to be concerned about, as Jamar Taylor suffered a quad injury and Bobby McCain hurt his ankle. Both said they believe they are fine, but we will know more today after they have been examined more throughly. I thought CB Will Davis had a rough night, as he was beaten for completions a couple of times and missed tackles as well. Must add that Taylor had a nice interception and return, and I do believe if he can stay healthy, he will be the starter opposite of CB Brent Grimes.
Some players that flashed last night for me was WR Matt Hazel and DT AJ Francis. Christion Jones had a 46 yard kickoff return late in the game, and it would be nice to be able to take Jarvis Landry off the return teams and let him focus at wide receiver. I don't think there is any question that Damien Williams is the 2nd back in Miami, as he had 2 touchdown last night and should have had 3, if he had not lost control of the ball while diving for the pylon. I thought LaMichael James flashed last night as well.
Miami has some interesting questions to answer and some moves that may have to be made to sure up the depth on this team. Right now, I like what I see from the starters from Miami. They have been DOMINANT. It's the depth that has to be a major concern if you are a Miami fan, along with the OL issues still.