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Miami Dolphins 2020 Season Preview

FA Additions: Byron Jones (CB), Kyle Van Noy (LB), Shaq Lawson (DE), Ereck Flowers (OG), Emmanuel Ogbah (DE), Jordan Howard (RB), Clayton Fejedelem (S), Ted Karras (C), Kamu Grugier-Hill (LB), Elandon Roberts (LB), Kavon Frazier (S)

Draft Selections: Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Austin Jackson (OT), Noah Igbinoghene (CB), Robert Hunt (OL), Raekwon Davis (DT), Brandon Davis (S), Solomon Kindley (OG), Jason Strowbridge (DE), Curtis Weaver (DE), Blake Ferguson (C), Malcolm Perry (WR)

FA Return: Adrian Colbert (FS)

FA Departures: Evan Boehm (C), Taco Charlton (DE), Trevor Davis (WR), Evan Brown (C)

Week 1Sept. 13th 1:00 PM ET@ New England Patriots (CBS)
Week 2Sept. 20th 1:00 PM ETvs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Week 3Sept. 24th 8:20 PM ET@ Jacksonville Jaguars (NFLN)
Week 4Oct. 4th 1:00 PM ETvs. Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
Week 5Oct. 11th 4:05 PM ET@ San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
Week 6Oct. 18th 4:05 PM ET@ Denver Broncos (CBS)
Week 7Oct. 25th 1:00 PM ETvs. Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)
Week 8Nov. 1st 1:00 PM ETvs. Los Angeles Rams (FOX)
Week 9Nov. 8th 4:25 PM ET@ Arizona Cardinals (CBS)
Week 10Nov. 15th 4:05 PM ETvs. New York Jets (CBS)
Week 11BYE
Week 12Nov. 29th 1:00 PM ET@ New York Jets (CBS)
Week 13Dec. 6th 1:00 PM ETvs. Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Week 14Dec. 13th 1:00 PM ETvs. Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Week 15Dec. 20th 1:00 PM ETvs. New England Patriots (CBS)
Week 16Dec. 26th/27th TBA@ Las Vegas Raiders
Week 17Jan. 3rd 1:00 PM ET@ Buffalo Bills (CBS)

What an offseason for the Miami Dolphins. This was stellar work by the front office and coaching staff. Last year they were in “Tank for Tua” mode before the season even started, finished the season 5-11, had the 25th ranked offense and the worst defense in the league. Now, the future looks brighter than even in South Beach as the “Tank for Tua” worked, they spent money on key players and loaded themselves up with young talent in the draft. Second-year head coach Brian Flores has a lot to work with this upcoming season.

Photo: CBS Sports

Last year the Dolphins offensive line was horrendous as they were ranked last in run blocking and 28th in pass protection. In the offseason, it was clear that the unit needed some help, and they got it. The Dolphins went out and got Ereck Flowers on a three-year, $30 million deal, then drafted one of the top prospects, Austin Jackson, and drafted Robert Hunt. The Dolphins also added some nice running backs with multiple thousand-yard rusher, Jordan Howard, and respectable back-up, Matt Breida. The big headline is going to be the quarterback job with rather who should be the day one starter with Ryan Fitzpatrick or Tua Tagovailoa. The first-round pick Tagovailoa seems like the easy choice, but there are some concerns due to the hip injury suffered at Alabama. Personally, Flores has to go Tagovailoa since he’s by far the better quarterback, especially with weapons like DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Allen Hurns, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, and Mike Gesicki, but there’s no rush to throw him out there and take any risk on your franchise quarterback.

Photo: ProFootballTalk

For the defense, even though they were ranked last, the only direction they can go is up. The Dolphins made some nice signings for the defense as they signed former New England Patriot, Kyle Van Noy, to a four-year, $51 million deal, then they made former Dallas Cowboys corner Byron Jones the highest-paid cornerback in the league at a five-year deal worth $82.5 million with $57 million guaranteed. The Dolphins acquire one of the league’s lockdown corners to pair with Xavien Howard, Eric Rowe, Bobby McLain, and first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene, to form one the league’s most intriguing secondaries. The Dolphins also added Emmanuel Ogbah, Shaq Lawson and rookie Raekwon Davis, which will improve the pass rush.

Photo: Getty Images

The Dolphins had themselves a phenomenal offseason and have set themselves up well for the current season and for the future, especially in an AFC East that just lost Tom Brady and always a New York Jets franchise that always seems like they don’t know what they’re doing, but there’s a tough Buffalo team, which could fall fast due to the young defense that deserves to get paid soon and the inconsistent offense led by a young quarterback that always takes hits and faces a contract year real soon. The Dolphins are on the rise and South Beach better be ready because once Tua takes that field it’s going to be an exciting time.

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