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Dolphins vs. Bears – Week Six Preview

Travis Wingfield



Who: Dolphins (3-2) vs. Bears (3-1)
When: October 14, 1:00 East
Where: Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
Weather: 85 degrees, 76% humidity, 40% chance of rain, scattered thunderstorms
Vegas Slant: Bears -3

Bears Off-Season Changes


As the calendar turns to Thursday, it’s time to put away the college quarterback scouting reports and get back to the current Miami Dolphins – a team tied for first place in the AFC East.

After an unsuccessful, traumatic two-game road trip, the Dolphins return to the friendly confines of Hard Rock Stadium – a building in which Adam Gase is winning games at a 71% clip (91% with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback).

Those 2016 and 2017 seasons are long in the rear-view mirror, just as the Patriots blowout and Bengals collapse ought to be. Miami will have to be much sharper on Sunday to get back into the winner’s circle against a talented Bears team.

If Miami continues to take care of business at home, playoffs will be on the menu come January – here’s how they can achieve step one on Sunday.

The Bears Scheme:

Matt Nagy came from the Andy Reid coaching tree, but his Bears offense has been slow to start the season. Chicago blew the doors off the Tampa Bay defense in week four, but the first three games were a mixture of poor quarterback play and crucial mistakes at key moments (sound familiar, Dolfans?)

Coming off a bye week, Nagy’s ability to self-scout will be on display in South Florida. Previously, the Bears offense featured variety both in the run and passing game. Different personnel groupings, jet-sweep action, a quarterback that’s a threat on the ground, and a passing game that occasionally gets vertical, the unit goes as far as Mitch Trubisky takes it.

Chicago may look to attack the Dolphins defense with tempo, and will certainly make good use of pre-snap shifting, motion and mixing up alignments.

Empty sets, I-formation, outside zone (complemented by split-zone), zone-read, quick screens and plenty of drive concepts in the intermediate passing game leaves Miami with plenty to study up before Sunday.

Deception and getting favorable match-ups by-way of unique skill players is the name of the game for the Bears.


Just as Nagy does with the offense, Vic Fangio mixes up his fronts, coverages, and blitz packages as well as anyone. Fangio and Adam Gase have something of a checkered history, so it bears watching to see the game-within-the-game between these two play callers.

Prior to the Khalil Mack trade, the Bears needed pressure packages to put the quarterback under duress. Now, Fangio can create one-on-one opportunities for stalwarts like Akiem Hicks, because of Mack’s prowess.

On early downs, Chicago likes to play man with a press technique to the boundary and off/bail technique to the field side. When the offense falls behind the chains, Fangio will drop two deep and play zone.

In the Bucs game, Fangio called a lot of two-down-linemen fronts with Mack flanked by a fellow-edge rusher out of a two-point stance in a wide-alignment.

In this instance, Miami will need Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James to win the one-on-ones either on the edge, and use the back to chip and help out with interior pressure. The Dolphins have been using tight ends in pass protection with great regularity, and there’s no reason to expect that to change on Sunday.

The Players:

Earlier, I alluded to Trubisky’s breakout performance against Tampa Bay. That game was an extremely rare blip on the radar in what has been an otherwise uninspiring 16-game career for the former Tarheel. Experience still isn’t on Trubisky’s side, and he has a propensity for missing too many lay-up throws and making turnover-worthy decisions and/or throws.

Nagy’s aim is to protect his young quarterback and he has a dazzling duo of backs to aid in that process. Tarik Cohen is the running back version of Jakeem Grant and Jordan Howard is one of the best zone runners in football.

How Miami deals with Cohen’s speed, both on early run-downs, and in the passing game will be paramount.

Allen Robinson was the big-name addition in the passing game, but complementary pieces like Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton have rounded out an impressive receiving corps.

Robinson is Trubisky’s security blanket and he will force balls in his direction (two interceptions when targeting Robinson). Miller has provided an underneath chain-moving option while Gabriel is the speedster of the group.

The highest ranked Bears receiver in yards per route run is Allen Robinson at 72nd in the NFL.

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago enters this game with a fairly clean bill of health. The offensive line has remained intact, thought Left Guard Eric Kush is questionable for the game Sunday. The strength of the group comes from Right Guard Kyle Long, Center Cody Whitehair and Left Tackle Charles Leno.

Leno hasn’t allowed a single hit on Trubisky and he’s the 25th graded run blocker for all NFL tackles according to PFF.

Whitehair has surrendered just two pressures all season (both hurries), but he’s susceptible to power and defensive tackles getting into his framework, allowing the defense to push him around.

Long has been a dynamo in his own right in pass protection but, like Whitehair, he’s been inconsistent in the ground game.

Miami’s best bet to pressure the quarterback comes at right tackle. Bobbie Massie continues to struggle with speed-rushers and Miami should have Cam Wake back for this one.


The Chicago stop-unit ranks tops in run-defense and total-defense through four games. The passing defense ranks ninth in football, but eight interceptions are good for third best in the league.

At 24.4% of opponent’s drives ending in turnovers, the Bears are top in that category. Conversely, the exact same figure (24.4%) is the rate at which opponents score on the Chicago defense (second lowest in the league).

These gaudy ranks could’ve been attributed to facing some lackluster offenses (Seattle and Arizona in back-to-back weeks), but then the Bears derailed the Bucs previously high-flying aerial assault.

Khalil Mack is on an MVP-pace. He has a forced fumble in every game, he leads the league in pass rush productivity and is equally disruptive against the run. There isn’t a great answer for how to deal with Mack, just hope he doesn’t completely wreck the game.

Akiem Hicks is the next man in line for publicity in this Bears front. Hicks is PFF’s fourth-highest graded interior lineman. He has three sacks and four additional hits on quarterbacks. He’s an elite run-defender with 11 run-stops – tied for 12th among interior defensive linemen.

Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan each play roughly 75% of the defensive snaps. Both have excelled as the pair has combined for 25 run stops. Trevathan struggles in coverage more than Smith, though both have been formidable in that department as well.

The Chicago secondary is solid, yet unspectacular. Kyle Fuller is the most talented of the bunch, but he has the worst passer rating allowed (111.6), while Prince Amukamara is experiencing a career-resurgence with the Bears.

Slot corner Bryce Callahan has allowed 11-of-12 targeted passes to go complete, and the lone defensive win was an interception for Callahan.

The Bears can play a lot of two-deep looks because of the front seven’s dominance. Neither Adrian Amos or Eddie Jackson has missed a tackle on the season, but neither is regularly involved in the run-game.

Finding either in coverage would prove beneficial for the Dolphins as the Bears’ safety tandem has allowed 10-of-13 targeted passes to go complete.

The Medical:


Player Wednesday Status
CB Prince Amukamara Limited
LG Eric Kush Limited
WR Anthony Miller Full
CB Marcus Cooper DNP



Player Wednesday Status
DE Cam Wake DNP
DE Robert Quinn DNP
CB Bobby McCain DNP
FS T.J. McDonald DNP
DE Andre Branch Limited
LB Chase Allen Limited
TE A.J. Derby Limited
WR Devante Parker Limited
OT Laremy Tunsil Limited

The Concerns:

Mack and Hicks are capable of ruining the game on their own accord and, when they’re off, Smith and Trevathan have no trouble picking up the slack. Miami has to prevent this impressive Bears’ D from wrecking the game.

Oct 19, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Miami Dolphins defeat the Chicago Bears 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

If Miami can’t find success in the ground game when the Bears play their usual two-deep look, this contest stands to get ugly.

Defensively, for Miami, it’s the same tune every week. Matt Nagy wants to get Trey Burton and Tarik Cohen in favorable passing match-ups – if they find Kiko Alonso or Raekwon McMillan, Miami could get boat raced.

The Opportunities:

Devante Parker’s return might have a bigger impact than expected. His size should be a focal point of the intermediate passing game whether it’s attacking up the sidelines against cover-1, or the deep in-cuts against cover-2.

No team intercepts more footballs than the Dolphins. Trubisky is one of the league’s most turnover-prone quarterbacks. Baiting him and catching the football when those opportunities arise is a critical element for the Dolphin Defense.

The Keys:

1.) Pressuring Trubisky with the four-man rush, and with blitz package’s – If he has time to scan the field and identify his match-up advantages, Miami will be gashed. Matt Burke had an excellent plan against Cincinnati – he’ll need another in this game.

2.) Establishing the running game from the beginning – Miami must run the ball inside to force the Bears to collapse the edge. From there, zone read can counter that adjustment and give Miami some chunk plays in the ground game – they’ll need it.

3.) Big plays on offense – While staying on the field bodes well for Miami, their odds of matriculating the ball slowly down the field are not great. The big play has disappeared and, when the Bears get aggressive, the Dolphins need to hit on the vertical passing game.

The Projected Result:

Chicago is coming off a bye, they’re extremely healthy and riding high. Nagy saw his offensive scheme come to life the last time it took the field, and Khalil Mack is a serious problem for every offense he faces.

However, desperation often breeds results in this league. The Bears have been hearing plenty of praise the last two weeks. They will travel into a tough place to play as favorites and have the Patriots on tap next week.

Miami catches the Bears feeling themselves a little too much, and a pissed off Adam Gase dials up his best game of the year to beat his former colleague in Vic Fangio.

This game stays close until the fourth quarter when Miami hits a big play to Kenny Stills, finds the running game again, and salts the visiting team away in the blistering heat.

Bears 20
Dolphins 6


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Scouting Reports

State of the AFC East

Oliver Candido




With the aging empire of the New England Patriots hopefully coming to an end in the coming years the arms race and power struggle will enter overdrive. The Patriots have run this division for over a decade but all things must come to an end, with Tom Brady nearing his goal of playing till 45 and Bill Belichick turning 66 there is blood in the water, and the rest of the East will look to grab the crown and run with it.

Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bill Belichick head out onto the field to shake hands with the Buffalo Bills after their 24-12 win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots


Tom Brady’s play has declined but that hasn’t stopped New England from being a powerhouse, the offensive line will welcome Isiah Wynn back the former 1st rounder, he tore his Achilles in camp 2018. The skill positions are mixed, Sony Michelle provided a solid rookie campaign but there are holes in the wide receiver and tight end positions. Rob Gronkowski is pondering retirement meanwhile Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all set to hit Free Agency. Defensively New England has excelled on maximizing talent with what they have but with that being said they have some notable players departing such as Trey Flowers, Malcom Brown, and possibly the McCourty twins.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Markus Golden (EDGE)

Pick 32, 1st round:

Kelvin Harmon (WR)


New York Jets


The New York Jets are not a star-studded team and will be ongoing a scheme change led by Coach Adam Gase. Offensively it would be easier to name what they do have then to name what they don’t, Sam Darnold is the only true “bright” spot on the offensive side of the ball. Multiple reports state that Isiah Crowell will be released in the coming month so half back will need to be addressed, in addition to wide receiver, tight end, and offensive line. On the opposite side of the ball things seem to be a bit more promising with Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye. New York will need to add a true pass rusher along with some other linebackers and defensive backs as well.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Le’Veon Bell (HB)

Pick 3, 1st round:

Josh Allen (EDGE)


Buffalo Bills


Buffalo has a good defense that is paired with the 31st ranked offense, they are in need of talent to surround Josh Allen with. Josh Allen needs an entire cast around him, most importantly an offensive line who can buy him some time, but it doesn’t stop there. After releasing former fullback wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay the only player who can truly garner some targets is aging halfback Lesean McCoy. Although the defense has played well they are also in need of some attention, with Kyle Williams retiring they will need another defensive tackle in addition to a true edge rusher. This roster is still being rebuilt and could use talent on almost every level offensively but they need to give injury prone Josh Allen some decent offensive line play.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Trenton Brown (OT)

Pick 9, 1st round:

Jawaan Taylor (OT)


Miami Dolphins


Our beloved Miami Dolphins will be going through many changes and a complete rebuild directed by Chris Grier and Brian Flores. Miami has talent at the skill positions with young and inexpensive talent at halfback, tight end, and wide receiver. With the upcoming release/trade of Ryan Tannehill the biggest need will be finding his replacement via free agency or draft. Resources will have to be allocated to the trenches as Miami lacks talent on the interior offensive line and on the edge defensively. Miami’s defense is looking to be a multiple look defense in order to achieve this they will have to add versatility on every level off the defense and add depth to the secondary. This regime will be taking the long painful road of a true rebuild as Miami has been mediocre for far too long.

Free Agent Acquisition:

Mitch Morse (OL)

Pick 13, 1st round:

Rashan Gary (EDGE)


Madden 19 Giveaway:

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My favorite player once caught 29 passes in a season while 11 of them went for TDs! That means over a 3rd of his receptions were Touchdowns!

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Miami Dolphins

State of the Roster – Cornerbacks

Travis Wingfield




The 2019 off-season schedule had an unusual beginning for the Miami Dolphins. Not that the once proud, winningest organization in the NFL is suddenly new to coaching turnover (quite the opposite, rather). It’s the timing of the hire that provides the distinction from Stephen Ross’ three other head coaching appointments.

Typically, when the incumbent or new staff is in-place by Early-January, the roster dominoes begin to take shape. Waiting for Brian Flores to win his fifth Lombardi Trophy delayed that process by a month.

Now, with the majority of Coach Flores’ staff settling into their new offices, we can begin to speculate and forecast what will transpire over the next three months.

It’s not hyperbole to say that these next three months are the most important of Chris Grier’s professional career. Miami’s new General Manager is charged with resurrecting a franchise that, in the last 15 years, has fallen from the peak of the winning percentage mountain top, all the way down to fifth place on that obscure, yet illustrious list.

In this series we are going to explore the current assets on the roster and what their futures hold. Plus, we’ll explore the free-agency market and point out scheme fit pieces the Dolphins might seek to add in April’s draft.


Current Cash Owed: ~ $9.3 Million
NFL Average: ~ $16 Million

Players Under Contract – 2019 Cash Owed:

Xavien Howard – $1.3 M

Tying for the league lead in interceptions (7), Howard continued his breakthrough performance that began late in 2017. Among the game’s top corners, Howard excels in man coverage, offers an impressive physical style of press play, and tracks the ball exceptionally well.

The Dolphins will likely look to extend Howard in the near future, despite rumors of his presence on the trade block. Stephone Gilmore’s lockdown Super Bowl performance afforded the Pats defense ultimate creativity – something Brian Flores will want to retain in Miami.

Howard’s Projected 2019 Action: #1 Corner

Bobby McCain – $5.6 M

Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

In his first season with a new payday, McCain struggled. Kicking outside on the perimeter was a challenge that exposed his lack of long-speed. Still a jitterbug inside, McCain offers a knack for the nuance of the position in both man and zone.

Injuries mounted on McCain as he tried to fight through a number of issues all season. He’s a team leader and a top-shelf slot corner – that much will be evident when he’s back in his regular role in 2019.

McCain’s Projected 2019 Action: Slot Corner

Cordrea Tankersley – $673 K

It’s difficult to imagine a worse sophomore season for Tankersley. Benched, ran-ragged, and ultimately a torn ACL, it was a steep decline from an impressive rookie campaign. The mental aspect of the game proved to be a challenge for Tankersley and, to be fair, he wasn’t alone in that portion of Matt Burke’s awful scheme.

Likely starting the year on the physically unable to perform list, Tankersley will get a fresh start in a scheme that accentuates his strengths – playing man coverage.

Tankersley’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth (Begins the season on PUP)

Jalen Davis – $570 K

My pick for biggest sleeper on the roster in 2019, Davis flashed big-time potential in his limited work late in the season. In the Jacksonville game Davis forced a fumble and broke up a third down pass in the end zone. He’s fiery, aggressive, and Miami’s best option behind McCain in the slot.

Davis’ Projected 2019 Action: Backup Slot

Cornell Armstrong – $570 K

Thrust into action late last season, 2018 was a learning experience for Miami’s sixth-round rookie. Armstrong fits the prototype for length and style, but he was worked over in the New England game by Julian Edelman (hardly a bad look).

Armstrong will compete for time on the perimeter this year and continue to serve as a core special teamer.

Armstrong’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth

Torry McTyer – $645 K

McTyer’s numbers look worse than his actual performance. He was whipped consistently, starting with the beat down in Foxboro, but his good coverage was beat by better throws in the Chicago game.

There’s upside with McTyer, but he needs to show it in 2019 if he wants to have a future as a starter in Miami.

McTyer’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth

Jomal Wiltz – Not yet announced (Camp Minimum)

Wiltz was drafted by the Eagles in 2017 and later migrated to the New England practice squad in 2018. Playing under current Dolphins Cornerbacks Coach Josh Boyer, Wiltz has a head start on the new defensive scheme and techniques.

The most interesting aspect of Wiltz’s acquisition, he’s just 5’10’’ 180 pounds – an outlier for Miami’s prototype at the position.

Wiltz’s Projected 2019 Action: Cut/Practice Squad

Pending Free Agents – 


2019 Cornerback Free Agent Market:

Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With McCain locked up and Howard due next, Miami may have to eschew buying its number-two corner. The need is glaring, but the market is lacking. Morris Claiborne, Pierre Desir, and Bradley Roby are the bells of the ball and will be out of Miami’s price range should they hit the market.

There have been two free agent themes presented in this series: 1.) Filling the Foxboro-to-Miami pipeline and, 2.) Reclamation projects.

Jason Verrett qualifies for the second bullet-point – he’s a hell of a player but his medical history is alarming. Eric Rowe is a free agent and falls into both categories. He spent three years with the Patriots but only played in 21 games during that stretch.

Rowe is 6’1’’ with the 205-pound frame to match. Verrett is just 5’10’’ and 188 pounds, but he’s an elite play maker (when healthy).

Miami has been linked to Ronald Darby in recent years. He shakes free from Philadelphia and a poor medical history could significantly reduce his cost.

2019 Cornerback Draft Class:

Cornerback is in play for the 13th pick. DeAndre Baker (Georgia), Byron Murphy (Washington), and Greedy Williams (LSU) head the class at the position.

Baker is feisty and superb in man coverage though he does lack long-speed. Murphy is rail-thin (175 pounds) and his lack of interest in run support will turn the Miami staff off. Williams’ effort has been called into question by some. If that’s true, he will be off Miami’s board altogether as they preach the love of the game.

Penn State’s Amani Oruwariye is an option in the second-round. He first the prototype, he’s ultra-competitive and excels in both press and zone.

Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin plays with the temperament of an alpha dog. His match-ups with Deebo Samuel at the Senior Bowl were the must-see events of the week.

The local product, Michael Jackson from the U, excels in man coverage – he’s a fit.

2019 Cornerback Prediction:

It’s pretty apparent from the free agent and draft classes where the more attractive options lie for the ‘Phins to address this need. Signing a bargain player to compete, and drafting a rookie relatively high should bolster this position into a strength in 2019.

Minkah Fitzpatrick’s official capacity will be as a safety, but he’s going to match-up where the staff sees fit. He’s the best option to cover a detached tight end and he’s probably the best slot cover guy Miami has. We’ll cover him on tomorrow’s podcast and column.

CB #1 – Xavien Howard
CB #2 – Rookie (Baker, Ya-Sin, Jackson)
Slot – Bobby McCain
Slot Backup – Jalen Davis
Depth – Cornell Armstrong
Depth – Torry McTyer / FA (Eric Rowe)
Depth – Cordrea Tankersley (beginning on PUP)

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NFL Draft

Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Jarrett Stidham

Shawn Digity



USA Today
A shot of Jarrett Stidham during the Senior Bowl in January. Image courtesy of USA Today

Which 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks fit for the Miami Dolphins, which ones could start, and which ones aren’t on the table?

Let’s dive into the first installment of Fits and Starts with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham.

2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks and Fits and Starts intro

I hope you’re enjoying all the Kyler Murray talk; it’s not going anywhere for the next two months. So, with all the hype surrounding the Heisman winner and his decision to play in the NFL over the MLB, it makes sense that Murray shot up the draft boards in rapid fashion.

Murray has been connected with the Miami Dolphins, and it makes sense. The Dolphins need a quarterback to lead the franchise into the future, especially with the start of the Brian Flores era.

But what happens if the Dolphins can’t get Kyler Murrayin the 2019 Draft? Let’s take that a step further. What if the Dolphins don’t get any of the QBs that are pegged to go in the first round? Dwayne HaskinsDrew LockDaniel Jones, along with Murray, are all in the conversation to go off the board in the first round.

The 2019 QB class hasn’t exactly been lauded for its talent, but that doesn’t mean its totally devoid of untapped potential on Days 2 and 3. There are some diamonds in the rough and some could be on the Dolphins’ radar come April. The Fits and Starts mini-series will be focusing on these overshadowed mid-round prospects and who could fit into a role with the Miami Dolphins.

Let’s get into the first name on the list: Jarrett Stidham.

Jarrett Stidham and his NFL Future

The first quarterback on the docket is Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. He’s an enigmatic player. He was in the conversation last draft season (before he returned to Auburn) to go in the second round. He was also talked about as a dark-horse Heisman candidate before the college season started.

His junior season didn’t go exactly as scripted, though. Jarrett Stidham had an up-and-down season, and his draft stock has been all over the place, consequently. He’s polarizing in the Twitter Draft realm with many draftniks either loving or hating him. I predict that he’ll go in the third round, but I could see the need for the position pushing him into the second round.

In a lot of ways, I would compare Jarrett Stidham to Ryan Tannehill. With that being said, he’s a poor man’s Tannehill. He’s not as athletic and I wouldn’t put his arm strength or accuracy on the same level, but there are comparisons that can be drawn.

Jarrett Stidham Mini-Report

He has some starter qualities, and he’s very raw in that regard. He also did not get a lot of help from his receivers during the 2018 season. I saw a lot of dropped passes that should’ve been “gimmes”. Jarrett Stidham has a moderately high ceiling, I would say. He’s extremely rough around the edges, but I can see him becoming successful in the NFL; it’ll come with many growing pains, albeit.

He also has some accuracy issues from a lot of the film I’ve watched of him. He’ll make some unbelievable down-the-field bombs, but also make some passes that are too high, too inside or too outside. Many passes were underthrown and I saw plays where WRs had to turn and play some defense. The accuracy is a roller coaster, and that’s something that is hard to improve at the next level; accuracy is more a God-given ability than it is a teachable skill.

Something else that I wasn’t wild about was how Stidham reacted to chaos and pressure. When the line collapsed, I saw some ugly escapes. Those ugly escapes will be ugly sacks in the NFL. I saw flashes of decent pocket presence, but like many of Stidham’s qualities, they were inconsistent.

That’s one of the best words I would use to describe Jarrett Stidham: inconsistent. Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he’s bad. Sometimes he’ll thread the needle for a 40-yard touchdown, sometimes he’ll undercut a route. But if the inconsistency is his biggest issue, which I believe it is, then I’m intrigued by his prospects at the next level with some next-level coaching.

At the End of the Day

So, if the Dolphins drafted Jarrett Stidham, it’d likely be on Day 2 and in the second round with the 48th pick. While the Dolphins are rebuilding, I could see them using a popular draft philosophy of taking a quarterback every year until one hits. If that’s the case, then Stidham could very well be a target if the Dolphins decide to address a bigger need or BPA with the 13th pick.

This could be a way for the Dolphins to hedge their bets while keeping an eye on the 2020 quarterbacks. Akin to the Redskins taking both RGIII and Kirk Cousins in the same draft in 2012, the Dolphins could take a flier on a mid-round quarterback and see what he could do in some games under the guidance of a veteran.

While I wouldn’t be upset by the pick, the Miami Dolphins would be wise to stay away from Jarrett Stidham, bottom line. I say that not because of Stidham’s shortcomings or upside but because of where the Miami Dolphins franchise finds itself.

If Jarrett Stidham goes out and has a decent showing in some live action during his rookie season, then that could affect the draft strategy regarding the 2020 class of quarterbacks.

I don’t want the Dolphins to keep waiting and waiting for someone to slowly develop as they did with Ryan Tannehill. Stidham is in a similar mold, looking at his tools and raw potential. I’m not sure how long it would take for Stidham develop, but I could see it turning into a situation where he takes a few steps forward every season.

Jarrett Stidham could be a quarterback that Chris Grier likes, but I would have a hard time believing that he’s a prospect that he would love–and that’s not what the Miami Dolphins need to right the ship.


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