The Miami Dolphins finally after a long 20 years, don't have to deal with the King of the AFC East in Tom Brady. The Dolphins will be competing this year against their AFC East buddies and many more including the Super Bowl Champs, Kansas City Chiefs, the NFC Champions, San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks, and the Ravens. Even though these opponents are tough, let me dive in to see if the Dolphins can beat these teams.
The Miami Dolphins have had one of the best offseasons out of any team. I agree that they have not got the big names in the NFL, but they have gotten key pieces. The Dolphins got one of the best linebackers in Kyle Van Noy, former Patriot. Van Noy is a 2 time Super Bowl Champion and won the AFC Defensive Player of Team award. The Dolphins also signed one of the best cornerbacks in Byron Jones, former Cowboy. Jones is now the highest paid cornerback in the league, thanks to the Dolphins signing. Jones made his only pro bowl in 2018. The Dolphins also signed important, but infamous players such as Shaq Lawson, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karas, Elandon Roberts, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Clayton Fejedelem. The Dolphins also made a big move this offseason that helps a much needed position in the running back. The Dolphins got former Eagle, Jordan Howard. Howard will now be the starting running back in front of Kalen Ballage. The Dolphins were the worst rushing team in the NFL. You can even tell by the leading rusher on the Dolphins, in there slow QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick. When I say slow, any running back is faster than Fitzpatrick, but he found his rushing yards last year.
So Where Does This Put The Miami Dolphins?
The Miami Dolphins have to face off 2 times against there AFC buddy in the Bills. The Bills seem to be the team to beat in the AFC East, especially with the signing of Stefon Diggs. Lucky for the Dolphins, they don't have to worry much about the Patriots, at least for this season, because Brady is gone and the Patriots don't have that much of a reliable QB yet, and they don't seem like they are going to get one in the draft. The Dolphins, Bills, and Jets all had to worry about the Patriots every year because they can never get to that 1st spot in the division. This year is a different story. The Dolphins also don't have to worry about the Jets, because they are going nowhere.
The Dolphins have the best tight end in the AFC East in Mike Gesicki. He wouldn't be a top tight end in other divisions, but the AFC East is the worst tight end division. The Patriots don't have a good tight end, as a result of Gronk leaving, the Jets have Ryan Griffin who is decent, and the Bills have Dawson Knox. Gesicki is coming off a pretty good year getting 51 receptions for 570 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Dolphins also have a tremendous wide receiver in Devante Parker who signed a huge contract last season as a result of his stats. Parker had an unbelievable season recording 1,000 plus receiving yards. Parker had 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and 9 touchdowns. Parker was almost unstoppable. Like I said earlier, the Dolphins now after all these years, have a good running back in Jordan Howard. The Dolphins still don't have the QB they want, but Fitzpatrick did his job and did what he was expected to do last season. The Dolphins may have a great QB next year if they get Tua Tagovailoa in the draft, and who knows if he can go straight to a starting QB role on week 1. If the Dolphins don't get him or Justin Herbert, hopefully Fitzpatrick will do the job. The Dolphins now have one of the best cornerbacks in Byron Jones, adding on to Xavien Howard. Howard made his only pro bowl in 2018 like Byron Jones. Howard also led the NFL in interceptions that year with 7.
In all, the Dolphins can easily be 2nd in the AFC East. Even with the addition of Tua Tagovailoa, I still see the Dolphins being in 2nd place but they can still get a wild card spot. Lucky for the Dolphins, an extra team in each conference makes the playoffs so that increases every teams playoff chance, including the Dolphins.