Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer readers’ questions.
Why: If you had to guess, which rookie would make the biggest contribution to the team this year, you would say? , @ayopyr on twitter
a: Chanting to Tindall seems like the easy, obvious choice—and there aren’t many cheaters to choose from.
He was the Dolphins’ top-draft rookie in the compensatory portion of the third round, albeit at pick number 102, and filled the position requiring an internal linebacker. The Dolphins still had Jerome Baker, Alandon Roberts, and Duke Riley — Roberts and Riley who were free agents this offseason and re-signed — but it was a position that many thought Miami would want to upgrade, then. The team also went on with consistency. external free agent.
It could open up an opportunity for Tindall if he picks up the defense quickly, especially with how the Dolphins enjoy Baker’s flexibility, being able to transfer him to an outside linebacker for some matchups.
The only other rookie taken before the seventh round is wide receiver Erik Azukanama. While the coaching staff is high on him, it is hard to imagine that he contributed much given the current depth on the core that the Dolphins are achieving in 2022. It is believed that one of the traits he likes is his ability to take competitive catches, so at 6-foot-2 with a large frame, he can play a role that the smaller, faster Tyrek Hill game. Not there. And Jaylen Waddle, especially if Cedric Wilson stays in the slot and Preston Williams doesn’t hold his weight as a reliable capture receiver for Miami.
In the seventh round, the Dolphins knocked out linebacker Cameron Goode and quarterback Skylar Thompson. Thompson will be the third-row quarterback behind Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater. The prospect of seeing Gode’s defensive snap took a hit once the Dolphins picked up veteran Melvin Ingram.
Among the unreleased free agents, offensive tackle Kellen Dish received the most guaranteed money, a sign that the Dolphins see a potential role for him as a reserve lineman. Last year, Robert Jones’ guard/tackle made the active roster as an unfinished rookie.
Tindall could really make a mark for the Dolphins if he could be a quality special team contributor. The same can be said about the doll.
Why: What position do you think is needed for a more experienced person to take that step? (challenge is that it can’t be center or lb) – @CXC_5 on Twitter
a: Center was the first position I thought of at first, but if Conor Williams is there as a substitute, while Miami also has Michael Deiter and hasn’t made a move from this point, it looks like They can’t make a free takeover agent there.
Edge rusher probably would have been the other non-offensive-line option, but now Melvin Ingram is on this team. Like Jaylen Phillips, he is prepared to stand out and play more as an outside linebacker.
Which leads me to believe that the defensive end could be the pick here. After Emmanuel Ogba, it’s Dashon Hall, because it’s true that the 3-4 end is playing with two defensive tackles, and Hall hasn’t played an NFL regular-season game since 2019.
Sure, if Ogba is hurt, it may take turns to get the dolphins to move. Play Phillips strictly with your hand on the field; Do something similar with Ingram; Increase Adam Butler’s reps and play the 295-pounder on the defensive end. But having a viable backup for Ogba may be an option.
With Eric Roe as a safety who can turn around or back up in the young opening tandem of Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones, the Dolphins appear right between him and Sheldrick Radwin. If Miami were to cut Rowe for the purpose of a salary cap, a seasoned safety is plausible, but the team may only feel comfortable doing so if Veron McKinley proves capable as an unfinished rookie.
One can feel free to think outside the box with this one, given that many were surprised when the Dolphins picked up Sonny Mitchell, given the depth already running on the roster.
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