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Free Agency Preview: Top 5 Offensive Players by Position

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For 30 teams the NFL season is over, with an eye to the 2019/2020 season. While the Rams and Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl, front offices and coaches will be collaborating on their strategy to navigate through the upcoming off-season. Below I am listing the top 5 players at each position:

Quarterback

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Tyrod Taylor CLE 6’1 217 29
Teddy Bridgewater NO 6’2 215 26
Ryan Fitzpatrick TB 6’2 223 36
Robert Griffin III BAL 6’2 213 28
Trevor Siemian MIN 6’3 220 27

 

Notes: The Dolphins are no doubt in the market for a QB after reports that they will pat ways with Ryan Tannehill this off-season, whether via trade or release. Free Agency will be a great indicator as to what this regimes plan is at the position. Rumors of tanking have been floating around, so will Miami land one of these guys as a bridge type Quarterback until they zero in on a rookie signal caller? Time will tell…

Running Back

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Le’veon Bell PIT 6’2 225 27
Mark Ingram NO 5’9 215 29
Kareem Hunt KC 5’11 216 23
Tevin Coleman ATL 6’1 210 25
Jay Ajayi PHI 6’0 223 25

 

Notes: The Running Back Free Agent class is stellar from a talent standpoint, but also some of these players come with thorns. Does the Dolphins Front Office see running back as a need? Frank Gore is a Free Agent, but Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage return. If Miami is looking to do shrewd business, paying any of these guys does not follow that ideology.

Wide Receiver

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Golden Tate PHI 5’10 197 30
Tyrell Williams LAC 6’4 205 26
Devin Funchess CAR 6’4 225 24
John Brown BAL 5’11 178 28
Jamison Crowder WAS 5’9 177 25

 

Notes: As it pertains to Miami this group has some intriguing options. In my opinion the Dolphins’ Wide Receivers are one of the stronger position groups they have. However, they are missing a red zone target still, since DeVante Parker seems to be more towards the bust label than not. Will Miami release or trade him? Regardless, Tyrell Williams to me would be smart business. He is a younger, big bodied wide receiver that has played well on a very talented Chargers team.

Tight End

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Jared Cook OAK 6’5 254 31
Tyler Eifert CIN 6’6 255 28
C.J. Uzoma CIN 6’6 265 26
Demetrius Harris KC 6’7 230 27
Jesse James PIT 6’7 261 24

 

Notes: Miami took not 1 but 2 Tight Ends in last years draft. Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe were very disappointing especially how Gesicki seemed to be dominating in Training Camp last off-season. While he may be better utilized with this new staff, the position could use a solid veteran presence. One name to watch closely is Demetrius Harris from Kansas City. New Dolphins’ Assistant GM, Marvin Allen, was the Director of College Scouting for Kansas City back when they signed him in 2015.

Offensive Tackle

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Trent Brown NE 6’8 380 25
Daryl Williams CAR 6’6 330 26
Ju’Wuan James MIA 6’6 312 26
Donovan Smith TB 6’6 338 25
Bobby Massie CHI 6’6 317 27

 

Notes: As you can see, the Dolphins have some business to tend to with Right Tackle Ju’Wuan James. In my opinion he’s one of the better Right Tackles in the league and is still young. You pay that man and now have 2 bookend tackles in he and Laremy Tunsil for your future Quarterback to be protected over the next 4- 6 years.

Offensive Guard

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Mark Glowinski IND 6’4 310 26
Roger Saffold LAR 6’5 323 30
Ramon Foster PIT 6’5 328 33
Mike Iupati ARI 6’5 331 31
D.J. Fluker SEA 6’5 342 27

 

Notes: Will the Dolphins get Josh Sitton back after his injury? He was one of the leagues top rated guards prior to his season ending injury early in the season. If the new regime can get Sitton back in the fold, then Right Guard is the priority. In recent years Guards have been cashing in big time in Free Agency, will Miami be a player for one of these top 5 names? Probably not if they are in true rebuild mode but keep an eye out for an older veteran to come fill in, much like Miami did with Jermon Bushrod a couple seasons ago.

Centers

Name Former Team Height Weight Age
Mitch Morse KC 6’6 305 26
Matt Paradis DEN 6’3 300 29
Brett Jones MIN 6’2 315 27
Nick Easton MIN 6’3 303 26
Travis Swanson MIA 6’5 304 27

 

Notes: Another trouble position for Miami, the Center position is one that needs stabilization. Will Miami enter the market in Free Agency? Or will the new front office and staff feel comfortable with what they saw from Daniel Kilgore before his season ending injury? Travis Swanson filled in admirably, maybe they bring back him for cheap and draft someone. Keep an eye out for Mitch Morse though, it would be costly, but he was drafted in the 2nd round back in 2015 while new Assistant GM Marvin Allen was the Director of College Scouting.

Andrew is a lifelong Dolphins’ fan that has a deep passion for sports. He has a Multimedia Journalism Degree from Florida Atlantic University and also has interned for ESPN Radio. For all his opinions and articles you can follow him on Twitter: @mitchpr0

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    Rich McQuillen

    January 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    This article rocks!!!! Great Stuff; especially with the height, weight, age.

    • Andrew Mitchell

      Andrew Mitchell

      January 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Rich, glad we can provide quality content for dedicated readers like you!

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Brian Flores’ Pre-Draft Update

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Get used to this mantra, Miami Dolphins fans: Adapt or Die.

You might not find it printed on training camp t-shirts for the team to sport around, but you can expect head coach Brian Flores to repeat this line often. It’s about to become ingrained in both us and the players.

Flores spoke briefly with reporters before the team finished up their 3-day “voluntary” workout and gets ready for the upcoming NFL draft.

If you’ve heard these kind of comments before, it’s because Flores has nailed the proper, cliche proper press conference etiquette. Answers are “insightful”, but vague. He gives you an answer while also laying out all other possibilities. That said, he’ll sometimes respond with some sarcasm and wit that’ll reassure you that there is a personality inside of him.

If there is one thing we can take away from Flores’ demeanor and message, it’s that he isn’t about to tolerate the type of locker room culture that festered in Miami under Adam Gase. There will be both accountability and self-reflection; and that’s reassuring after witnessing Gase deflect blame to everyone but himself.

With the most important day of the offseason just one week away, we take a look at what Flores had to say at his press conference earlier this morning:

On the Draft:

Most important measuring tool?:

“Combination of production. Height. Weight. Speed. Intangibles. Fit. There’s a myriad of things there. To say it’s just one thing that’s important…they’re all important.”

“Is one more important than the other, I’d say no.”

“It’s the total fit of the player and how we feel they’ll fit with our team.”

Combine/Visits, what do you get out of it?:

“Try to get to know the person, that’s a big part of this.”

“Sometimes people see players as just players. You want to know about their mom, their dad, who was an important person in their life. What kind of adversity they have faced before. Does that person fit your style as a coach, your locker room, the culture you’re trying to build as a team. When you sit down with a player, you’re just trying to get to know him.”

I think Dolphins fans know this all too well after the Dez Bryant/Jeff Ireland prostitution episode back in 2010.

Flores’ Influence in the Draft:

“Chris and I definitely work well together. We speak the same language….when we come together it’s the same (language)”

“Have had (and) will have discussions on different scenarios (throughout the draft)”

On his New/Hybrid Defense:

What kind of players do you need for your Hybrid defense?:

“We need good players.”

“I think as a coach, you get a good player, (and you ask yourself) what does he do well? You try and do that.”

“That’s the good thing about having a versatile scheme, it fits a good player.”

“You try and get the best player and I feel me and my staff can fit what we’re going to do around that player.”

“Some guys are going to have a better fit than others, but you have to put the whole fit together.”

On Identity of this Team:

“You know, call it what you want.”

“I’m going to get my team to play hard. Play together. Play with good fundamentals and technique. Play as a team. Put the team first. You have to try and get 11 guys to play together and that’s a hard thing to accomplish as a coach.”

“That’s my goal, you can call it whatever you want. ‘The Patriot Way’….to me, it’s just good football.”

Flores seems to understand that he’s going to live under Bill Belichick‘s shadow for awhile, especially if he is unsuccessful. Seems like he’s also getting a little tired of it….and I kind of like it. I’m glad he’ll have this chip on his shoulder to prove that he isn’t just a Belichick clone. Then again, judging by all Flores has gone through, he doesn’t need this chip to drive him.

Does he expect his players to be on time?:

“If you’re early, you’re on time, if you’re on time, you’re late, and if you’re late you’re forgotten.”

“Is it a rule, no, it’s my personal mantra.”

“I have a lot of respect for time. I think it’s precious; we shouldn’t take it for granted. If you want to stay on schedule you have to stay on time.”

“We have a schedule, it’s laid out pretty well.”

There is absolutely no bull**** from Brian Flores when it comes to practice! That’s not to say Adam Gase or any of the other prior head coaches were more-lenient, but you get the feeling that Flores isn’t going to tolerate players who believe they are bigger than the team.

Gase showed a similar coaching style when he traded Jay Ajayi and released players like Byron Maxwell and Jordan Phillips, but that never translated to a productive locker room culture. It’ll be interesting to see how Flores’ style compares.

On His “Right-Hand Man”:

“Pick any of the 20 guys, they’re all my right-hand men.”

“We work well together. (We) try and put a staff together that embodies what I want our team to reflect.

“I want to be tough, I want to be smart, I want to work well together.”

On Mike Gesicki:

“Mike is a good, young player. Talented. Like everyone else on this team, there are places he can improve, develop, get better. As a young player, there’s a lot of room for development. Mike’s working hard. We see what everyone else sees: he has size, speed, can catch the ball.”

On Raekwon McMillian and Jerome Baker:

“Raekwon is big. Fast. Physical. (Has) good leadership. Smart. Can play a few different positions. (A) good, young player.”

“Jerome is another skilled player. Fast. Good tackler. Raekwon is a good tackler as well. Smart. Can do a few different things. Can cover; which, obviously in this league, going in a passing direction, it’s good to have an LB that can cover.”

“We’re glad to have them both.”

On Jake Rudock and Luke Falk:

“Like everyone else, they’re working hard. They are doing everything possible to try and improve their techniques, fundamentals. Footwork. Ball Handling. They’re doing a really good job. All 3 quarterbacks.”

“We’re excited to see what they can do moving forward.”

Flores couldn’t be more generic with the assessment of his players. Even going back to when he discussed Charles Harris at a previous press conference, Flores tends to speak about his players vaguely, as if to avoid tipping his hand in any regard.

From a player’s perspective, it’s nice to know your coach won’t throw you under the bus and will keep things private. From our fan perspective, it means we just have to go through every possible adjective and scenario with him. He’s not lying when one of them has to be true.

On his Mother’s Passing:

“It was hard. She’s someone I think about on a daily basis. Wish she was here to enjoy this with us, but she’s with me all the time.”

“She wouldn’t’ want me to dwell or be upset and she would want me to have peace.”

“I’m sad. I’m unhappy. I miss her. But I have peace knowing I did everything I can to make her proud.”

On New Surprises as a Head Coach:

“(I have had) A lot of conversations with head coaches around the league…one thing they said is something would come across your desk every day.”

“(That’s) kind of my approach coming in, being adaptable. A mantra of our team: ‘adapt or die’.”

“Part of (the job) is allowing other people to lead.”

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Miami Dolphins 2019 Vegas Slant Schedule Breakdown

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Future opponents are known years in advance in the NFL. With the exception of two games decided by divisional standing finish, fourteen opponents are determined based on the schedule rotation. The order in which those games will occur, like everything else the NFL does, has become a primetime event.

While the luck of the draw factors heavily (in-season injuries, particular teams playing their best/worst ball at a certain time of year, etc.) the order of the games provides intriguing details.

Traveling for a Thursday night game, for instance, is an extreme disadvantage for the visitor. The infamous “trap game” can occur when a team faces a lesser opponent before taking on a heavyweight. Lastly, for a team like the Dolphins, weather implications are always worth noting.

This column refers to the favors, or lack thereof, that the NFL gave the Dolphins based purely on travel, trap games, etcetera.

Week 1 – BALTIMORE RAVENS – September 8, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Ravens Sandwich Game: Week 2 Cardinals

September victories are difficult to come by for teams visiting Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins haven’t lost such an affair since 2015 with a multitude of early-season upsets under the franchise’s belt this century (2014 vs. New England and 2005 vs. Denver, most notably).

Baltimore’s ground-and-pound attack could have a converse affect, however, as the Dolphins defensive conditioning will have to be on-point from the word go.

Week 2 – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – September 15, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Patriots Sandwich Games: Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh, Week 3 vs. NY Jets

Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs the ball after a flea flicker play to score a touchdown to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

New England’s 2018 meltdown in Miami came one week prior to a trip to Heinz Field. Now, the Pats will travel back to Tom Brady’s house of horrors in Miami one week after kicking the season off in primetime against those same Steelers.

This won’t serve as a trap game given the recent outcomes of games between these two teams, but Miami is catching the Pats at the right time. Over the last two seasons New England are just 4-4 in the first quarter of the schedule (September games), a .250-point decrease in winning percentage from their cumulative record.

Week 3 – @ Dallas Cowboys – September 22, 1:00 EST AT&T Stadium
Cowboys Sandwich Games: Week 2 @ Washington, Week 4 @ Saints

This is a classic trap game for the Cowboys. Coming off a game with its biggest rival, then heading to the toughest building to play in, in the NFC, the opportunity for Miami to steal a road win against a sleep-walking favorite is in the cards.

Week 4 – Los Angeles Chargers- September 29, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Chargers Sandwich Games: Week 3 @Texans, Week 5 Broncos

The early time slot for a west coast team is one of the biggest advantages, statistically, in football. The Chargers historically struggle in Miami but the talent discrepancy is probably too great for any of these advantages to factor in.

Week 5 – BYE WEEK

After a week-11 bye last year, Miami gets the burden of an early off-week. The Dolphins will play out the string for 12 weeks with zero breaks in between.

Week 6 – Washington – October 13, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Washington Sandwich Games: Week 5 @Patriots, Week 7 49ers

A let down following a potential beat down in New England bodes well for Miami. Washington is probably the one team on this entire schedule that Miami can matchup with from a talent perspective.

Week 7 – @ Buffalo Bills – October 20, 1:00 EST New Era Field
Bills Sandwich Games: Week 6 BYE, Week 8 Eagles

Miami’s first game against a team coming off a bye, in a building that has only provided the setting for one Miami win in the last five years, this one stacks the deck against the Dolphins.

Week 8 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers – October 28, 5:25 EST MONDAY Heinz Field
Steelers Sandwich Games: Week 7 BYE, Week 9 Colts

Another game, another opponent coming off of a bye. The Steelers will have the benefit of a 15-day break prior to lacing it up for Miami in primetime. The Dolphins road primetime woes should be noted as well – Miami are 0-for-it’s-last 8 in those games.

Week 9 – New York Jets – November 3, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Jets Sandwich Games: Week 8 @Jaguars, Week 10 Giants

Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase looks on during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Adam Gase game will certainly have both teams on notice. The man that holds a grudge like no other will certainly have this date circled on his calendar, as will the countless Dolphins players that grew tired of Gase’s shtick. This might be the most entertaining football game Miami plays all season.

Week 10 – @ Indianapolis Colts – November 10, 1:00 EST Lucas Oil Stadium
Colts Sandwich Games: Week 9 @Steelers, Week 11 Jaguars

With a potentially crucial divisional game on-deck with the Jaguars, the Colts could fall victim to overlooking Miami here. The Colts are a difficult out in that building and are quietly building up one of the most talented rosters in the AFC.

Week 11 – Buffalo Bills – November 17, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Bills Sandwich Games: Week 10 @Browns, Week 12 Broncos

Divisional games rarely adhere to traditional trap procedures. Ideally the Dolphins would catch the Bills in September, but the week-7 trip to Western New York offsets the lack of weather advantages. This game should see peak effort from both teams.

Week 12 – @ Cleveland Browns – November 24, 1:00 EST First Energy Stadium
Browns Sandwich Games: Week 11 Steelers (TNF), Week 13 @Steelers

Somehow the NFL has this strange scheduling procedure where teams play each other twice over a three-week period. Cleveland sandwiches its two games with the Steelers with a home date against your Miami Dolphins – that’s the ultimate trap.Cleveland’s benefit comes from having 10 days to prepare for Brian Flores and Miami.

Week 13 – Philadelphia Eagles – December 1, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Eagles Sandwich Games: Week 12 Seahawks, Week 14 Giants

With a pivotal NFC matchup on the front end, and a divisional game on the backend, Philadelphia is in a potential trap game situation. The Dolphins home field advantage serves as another beneficial factor in this game as the weather contract between Philadelphia and Miami, in December, is stark.

Week 14 – @ New York Jets – December 8, 1:00 EST Met Life Stadium
Jets Sandwich Games: Week 13 @Bengals, Week 15 @Ravens (TNF)

The game before a road trip on a short week typically favors the opposition – that’s the spot the Adam Gase finds himself in here when the Jets welcome Miami to the Meadowlands. With two NFC games bookending this game for the Dolphins, this is a great spot for Miami to steal a road win.

Week 15 – @ New York Giants – December 15, 1:00 EST Met Life Stadium
Giants Sandwich Games: Week 14 @Eagles, Week 16 @ Washington

This is a trap game for both teams, believe it or not. A non-conference game, sandwiched by two divisional games, has the makings for a let down on either side. If the season plays out as expected, this game could have massive implications on the race for Tua Tagovailoa.

Week 16 – Cincinnati Bengals – December 22, 1:00 EST Hard Rock Stadium
Bengals Sandwich Games: Week 15 @Patriots, Week 17 Browns

Like the previous game, this might set up as a draft positioning game. Both teams that figure to finish at, or near, the bottom of their respective divisions, playing out the string with rookie coaches, there isn’t much of an advantage to take away from this one.

Week 17 – @ New England Patriots – December 29, 1:00 EST Gillette Stadium
Patriots Sandwich Games: Week 16 Bills

For the second consecutive year, the Patriots finish the season with two divisional home games – seems fishy, doesn’t it? The only potential saving grace here, for the ‘Phins, is that New England could have the AFC East wrapped up, as they typically do every year.

 

This is, no doubt, a difficult road to hoe for Miami. The order of the games, the stacks of road trips, it’s a lot to put on the plate of a first year head coach trying to set a foundation.

The troops of the tank train should be satisfied with this gamete — it likely puts Miami in a hole that will be difficult to climb out of, especially given Ryan Fitzpatrick’s medical history.

For more on this schedule, tune in to the Locked On Dolphins podcast – your daily dose of Miami Dolphins football.

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Miami Dolphins Complete 2019 Schedule

Travis Wingfield

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Before ESPN, NFL Network, local beat writers – before anybody on the scene, Locked On Dolphins broke the 2018 Dolphins schedule. 2019 is shaping up to be the same. Keep it locked on this thread for updates from our source in the industry to get you the latest on Miami’s 2019 slate.

After the schedule release we will break things down with a column similar to the last year’s analysis.

Tomorrow’s Locked On Dolphins Podcast will be all about Miami’s 2019 schedule.

Wk Date Opponent Time
1 9/8 RAVENS 1:00
2 9/15 PATRIOTS 1:00
3 9/22 @ Cowboys 1:00
4 9/29 CHARGERS 1:00
5  — — BYE WEEK–  —
6 10/13 WASHINGTON 1:00
7 10/20 @ Bills 1:00
8 10/28 @ Steelers 8:15 MNF
9 11/3 JETS 1:00
10 11/10 @ Colts 4:05
11 11/17 BILLS 1:00
12 11/24 @Browns 1:00
13 12/1 EAGLES 1:00
14 12/8 @ Jets 1:00
15 12/15 @ Giants 1:00
16 12/22 BENGALS 1:00
17 12/29 @ Patriots 1:00

*BOLD denotes home game

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