Early predictions for the Dolphins final 53: Offense

Brock Jensen

IN: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Brock Jensen

OUT: Pat Devlin

What to expect: Tannehill is the guy, and Matt Moore is one of the best back-ups in the NFL. The spot to watch this summer is the battle for the final QB slot between 3rd year QB Pat Devlin and undrafted rookie Brock Jensen. Jensen has a lot to prove at the next level, but the kid has been a winner thus far in his football career. The pride of Waupaca, Wisconsin, has two high school state championships under his belt and an even more impressive 3 national championships at the FCS level while at North Dakota St. including 2 MVP awards. Devlin has earned praise from the Dolphins coaches in the past, but with a low productivity ceiling and a new offensive regime in Miami, Devlin could be on the outs.

Running Back

IN:  Lamar Miller,  Knowshon Moreno, Marcus Thigpen, Mike Gillislee

OUT:  Daniel Thomas,  Orleans Darwka,  Damien Williams

What to expect: Lamar Miller is the starter this year, no question about it. Miami brought in FA Knowshon Moreno to add depth, but Miller will be the clear #1 in the backfield. I also expect the Daniel Thomas show to end this summer. Thomas, a 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft, never lived up to his potential in Miami and will likely be cut with the addition of Moreno. I expect 2nd year player Mike Gillislee to take some of the short yardage role that Thomas played last year, and believe Marcus Thigpen's diversity in the new offense will allow him to keep a roster spot this year.

Wide Receiver

IN:  Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Jarvis Landry, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Damian Williams

OUT:  Rantavious Wooten,  Stephen Williams,  Matt Hazel,  Ryan Spadola,  Kevin Cone,  Armon Binns, Gerald Ford

What to expect:  It will be interesting to see which of the 2nd tier WRs stick this year.  The Dolphins have a log jam at the back end of their receiving corps with only two realistic roster spots available.  With Brandon Gibson still rehabbing from a torn patella tendon, the other WRs will get more opportunities to impress the coaching staff.  Rishard Matthews showed his talents last year in place of Gibson late in the season, but reports of tardiness and immaturity issues have coaches questioning his role on the team.  Even still, I fully expect both Matthews and Gibson to make the final roster to fill out the top 5, and believe the final WR spot will go to the best special teams player.  Newly acquired Damian Williams is my bet to make the final 53, but will be pushed hard by oft injured Armon Binns and rookie Matt Hazel.  

Tight End

IN:  Charles Clay,  Arthur Lynch,  Dion Sims

#84 Michael Egnew
OUT: Michael Egnew, Kyle Miller,  Gator Hoskins

What to expect: I really like what the Dolphins are doing at the TE position. Charles Clay is a dynamic player and arguably the best weapon the Dolphins have on offense this year. I expect his versatility to show up all over the field in OC Bill Lazors new offense. Also, it will be interesting to see the growth of Dion Sims in his second year. I think Michael Egnew has finally wore out his welcome in Miami after being drafted in the 3rd round in 2011 as a pass catching TE who never really found his niche on offense. I'm very interested in undrafted FA Gator Hoskins who appears on tape to be a Charles Clay clone. I think the Dolphins would be wise to keep him around the facility and stash him on the practice squad.

Offensive Line

IN:  Brandon Albert, Billy Turner,  Mike Pouncey, Shelley Smith, Ja'wuan James,  Sam Brenner, Dallas Thomas, Jason Fox, Michael Phillip

OUT: Evan Frickenburg,  Tyler Larsen,  Micajah Reynolds,  David Arken,  Davonte Wallace,  Sam Longo

What to expect:  The Dolphins offensive line continues to be a hot topic of discussion.  When free agency opened this year, the Dolphins didn't hesitate to snag stud LT Branden Albert to secure Ryan Tannehill's blind side.  LT Albert and C Mike Pouncey are the only givens to start this year on the offensive line.  The Dolphins used their first round selection in the 2014 draft on RT Ja'Waun James who will likely be plugged in on day 1, but both of the guard positions are up for grabs.  So far, Dallas Thomas and Shelley Smith are getting the first team reps during OTA's, but 3rd round pick Billy Turner is waiting in the wings.  Competition is never a bad thing, and I for one fully embrace the notion of, "May the best man win."