So Far So Good With This Year's Rookies And Second Year Players

This year’s rookies and second-year players are doing something those before them couldn’t and that’s contribute early on. Miami has made 15 picks combined from the past two drafts; 7 of those picks are contributing now and 4 of them start, 5 if you consider Jakeem Grant on return duties.

This is how good teams are built. Building through free agency isn’t a solid recipe for success and we saw it those couple of years when they were throwing money at all the big name free agents. Now the team has gotten players like 5th round pick rookie Davon Godchaux out starting on the d-line with Suh, Wake, and Branch playing like he belongs with those guys.

We spent a first round pick on Charles Harris and he’s seeing limited snaps but when he’s out there he’s making the most of his opportunity and he showed that with 2 QB hits, a pass deflection, and a huge sack on third down with less than 4 minutes left against the Titans this past Sunday. Cordrea Tankersley was basically thrown into the fire making his first start against Drew Brees week 4 and he held his own which earned him praise from the quarterback after the game.

Then there’s the second-year players who showed flashes last year and elevated their play this year. Xavien Howard was drafted to take over one of the two corner spots and he did exactly that and hasn’t left any reason so far to doubt him there. He plays aggressive and doesn’t give off much room to his receiver so even if its caught there won’t be many YAC.

Laremy Tunsil has had an inconsistent year so far but that could stem from him playing two different positions in two years. He’s back in his normal position at left tackle so it might just take time for him to get going. Kenyan Drake is similar to Charles Harris to the point where both see limited snaps because there is an established player already at the position. Drake does well to extend running plays if a hole closes because of his quickness and ability to cut. Jakeem Grant does give off some scares when he’s back taking punts but can also be explosive with the ball and he even moved ahead of Leontee Carroo for that fourth receiver spot when he was just expected to be a return guy.

It’s important to know that even though these rookies and second-year players are playing well, they’ll still make those simple rookie mistakes from time to time but that should be expected and not cause worry because that can be fixed. Them showing they belong now should be exciting to the team because they can only get better from here.

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  1. the drafting has been better of late and it is showing especially on defense.

  2. In grier we trust! Finally someone who knows what they are doing up there!

  3. The future is bright that is for sure. I enjoy watching our defense play these days and that's mainly because of the rookies making big contributions like Harris and Tankersely


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