Tanking can be hard. It can be even harder to keep up with all the movers and shakers that go with it. Tank Tracker is here to keep you updated with all the newest headlines as it pertains to the Miami Dolphins tank as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Let’s keep things rolling with Volume 2; we’ll talk about the rest of the 0-3 teams, Chosen Rosen’s first start, and X’s bad day.
A Storm is Bruin
The former UCLA, top-ten quarterback, Josh Rosen, finally got his first start against the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend in the Dolphins first away game. The game was better than the first two as a team but still ended with a loss.
Many Dolphins fans and analysts were chomping at the bit to see Rosen get some real action, not just garbage time snaps. In a nutshell, Josh Rosen was not perfect, but there were silver linings if you extrapolate his performance from Sunday into future games.
It’ll be interesting to see how Josh Rosen continues to develop as the regular season unfolds. He’s shown continued growth from the first week of training camp through the preseason, and his getting more reps will do wonders for his development. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rosen does next.
For a better understanding of Josh Rosen’s game, check out Travis Wingfield’s charting project for Rosen’s first start. It has a pass-by-pass breakdown and contextual analysis of the QB’s performance. It’s a great way to understand the nitty-gritty of the Dolphins’ quarterback situation and flesh out the circumstances of the passes; context matters.
X marks the spot
Strangely, Xavien Howard was the opposite of a silver lining in the Cowboys game. The Pro Bowl cornerback had a rough outing then also had a rough ousting when the refs ejected him.
Howard had an uncharacteristically bad game against the Cowboys, and the battle between him and Amari Cooper saw the Cowboys WR getting the better of Miami’s fourth-year corner. Cooper had 88 yards and two touchdowns on the day with seven targets from Dak Prescott. The duo connected on six of those seven targets.
While this was not a great showing for one of the Miami Dolphins’ best players, I expect him to bounce back with a fire in his belly this Sunday and moving forward.
Battle in the Basement
With the Miami Dolphins moving to 0-3 on the year so far, five other teams have kept pace: Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Denver Broncos. The Pittsburgh loss is a good thing for the Dolphins’ 2020 Draft since they own that pick as a result of the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. The other teams could eventually pose a threat to the Dolphins if they keep losing.
The Dolphins play four out of five of those 0-3 teams. They’ll play the Redskins in Week 6 after the Dolphins have their bye. They’ll then play the Steelers on Monday night for Week 8, then Jets twice in Weeks 9 and 14, and finally the Bengals in Week 16.
It seems crazy to already have this conversation, but the first overall pick is going to have a lot of suitors. Whether it’s by design or the teams are that bad, 0-16 might be necessary for an organization to procure the top pick.
On the Clock Mock
For this week’s On the Clock mock, I kept everything the same except I added the third round to make it a little more interesting. To make your own mock, you can use Fanspeak’s draft simulator here. It offers different packages, too. There’s a free to use version and the premium, which adds trade scenarios. I used the Fanspeak big board and Classic difficulty mode for this, and here’s what I put together. Contrary to the earlier Tankathon order, the Dolphins have been projected the number one pick in this case.
Tua Tagovailoa was, once again, a no-brainer. I doubt that will change as long as the Miami Dolphins are picking first overall in these scenarios. I double-dipped on the same two hog mollies from last time; they’re just that good, and they would instantly make the line better. With Michael Deiter showing some gumption in the shift to left tackle last Sunday, Creed Humphrey and Tyler Biadasz would be plug-and-play guys on the interior.
The Grant Delpit pick was a BPA, homer pick. He’s one of the best players in the nation and having him on the team is a big boost. Jeffrey Okudah is a rising star. I’d be surprised if he didn’t eventually work his way into the first round, so in this case, there was a great value.
Tanking without Tank
The Miami Dolphins made some roster moves on Tuesday; defensive end Tank Carradine was once again released. The Fins had released him during the initial roster cutdowns in a surprise move. He was also quickly re-signed a few weeks ago. It could’ve been a financial move to alleviate some of his guaranteed money off the payroll.
Regardless, the Fins cut Carradine again, and in the corresponding move, the Dolphins signed offensive tackle Andrew Donnal.
We have signed tackle Andrew Donnal and released defensive end Tank Carradine.
Full Release: https://t.co/2EiyH1Gtdl
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 24, 2019
In another move, the Dolphins have also signed wide receiver Andy Jones to their practice squad. Jones had previously spent time with the Detroit Lions.
Dolphins signed former Lions WR Andy Jones to their practice squad, per agent Christina Phillips. Jones started three games for Detroit last year and had 11 catches for 80 yards and a TD. Miami played most of Sunday's game with 3 healthy WRs.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 25, 2019
In a third, hot off the presses move, the Miami Dolphins have placed Danny Isidora on injured reserve and promoted wide receiver Isaiah Ford from the practice squad.
Updated Draft Order
Now that Week 3 is in the books, let’s take a look at the current draft order standings. Once again I’ll be using the Tankathon draft order for this segment.
In the newest update, the Miami Dolphins still have the third pick, but they also have the fourth overall pick via the Steelers. As for the Texans, their victory brought them to 2-1 and has them projected to land the 25th pick.
There’s still a lot of football to be played, but I expect the official draft order to be similar to the current projections. Based on my predictions, I still think the Dolphins will get the first overall pick. I’m also guessing that the Steelers will finish with the ninth pick and the Texans finish with the 23rd.
The Tankathon mock draft has the Miami Dolphins selecting Jake Fromm and Chase Young with the third and fourth picks and Walker Little, the offensive tackle from Stanford, with the 25th pick.
There haven’t been any changes in the Dolphins draft pick haul, but you can keep track of everything they have for 2020 with the Locked on Dolphins’s pick tracker.
Dolfans Unclassified Survival Guide
The season has started rough, and there’s still a ways to go. Locked on Dolphins’s Andrew Mitchell has put together his Fandom Memorandum to help the fans steer through the uncertainty of the 2019 season and prepare for warmer weather.
Charge of the Light Brigade
The Miami Dolphins are taking on the Los Angeles Chargers back at Hard Rock Stadium, this Sunday, September 29 at 1 p.m. EST. While the Dolphins have been viscously improving over the past two weeks, the Chargers are a better roster than their 1-2 record indicates. They are just a better team than the Dolphins.
I’m predicting another Miami loss. However, I think there will be some positives to draw from the experience, such as better consistency from Preston Williams, Josh Rosen taking another step, Michael Deiter gaining more experience, and Christian Wilkins having a big day.
Final Score Prediciton:
Local Residents Sue Miami Dolphins over F1 Race Track
This may be the last thing on the mind of Miami Dolphins fans everywhere, but there seems to be a prominent legal battle taking place in South Florida.
A new Formula 1 race track was recently approved (by a 6-6 vote) to be “built” around Hard Rock Stadium, with races beginning in 2021.
The F1 Miami Grand Prix will showcase Miami-Dade and Miami Gardens to the World. See new track below – world-class racing w/o using 199th St, and no racing during school hours. We hope the County Commission will support our effort to deliver this huge global event to you! pic.twitter.com/VqF5AnPMJT
— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel) January 21, 2020
While city officials press to approve the new track, local residents are up in arms about the potential race. F1 cars are notoriously loud, and as we mentioned above, these races aren’t contained within an arena or stadium.
City officials believe this will bring in additional revenue for Miami and the surrounding area, as annual races are expected to be held around Hard Rock Stadium for the next 10 years. The local populous is arguing that these races are too loud for local streets, and will cause an enormous amount of disturbance and will be detrimental to the environment. Overall, this will cause a “serious degrade to their quality of life.”
Just so you can have a reference, F1 engines tend to run between 130-145 decibels. If you go to a concert and stand relatively close to an amplifier, you’re only dealing with about 100-110 decibels. The average lawn mower is about 90 decibels. Needless to say, these engines are LOUD.
Unlike NASCAR, Formula 1 (F1) race tracks are essentially “created” using local roadways that are already in place. Though there is obviously a lot of preparation that goes into “creating” the course (to ensure the safety of racers and fans alike), no new venues need to be built.
With that said, the City of Miami Gardens and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross are attempting to host the race solely on Hard Rock Stadium grounds. Given Ross’ ownership in the land surrounding Hard Rock Stadium, it’s possible this race doesn’t officially occur on any public roads.
To give some background, Stephen Ross attempted to buy F1 a couple of years ago, but the sale ended up going to another group. Though he didn’t win the bid, he reached an agreement with the new owners and is now one step closer to making the Miami Grand Prix a reality.
Tom Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins, issued the following statement on behalf of the approved 6-6 decision:
— F1 Miami Grand Prix (@f1miami) February 20, 2020
This recent vote was the biggest hurdle potentially preventing the Miami Grand Prix from happening. Though the legal battles aren’t over, it seems unlikely that the decision to host F1 races will be reversed.
Miami Dolphins Sign Tight End Michael Roberts
The Miami Dolphins are beginning to bulk up the depth of their roster as they head into free agency.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed tight end Michael Roberts. The exact terms of the contract are currently unknown.
#Dolphins are signing former #Lions TE Michael Roberts, source says. Roberts had four workouts the past week and more on the docket but will sign with Miami. Missed last season with a shoulder injury that nixed a trade to the #Patriots. Healthy now. 3 TDs in 2018 and can block.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 19, 2020
Originally a 4th-round pick by the Detroit Lions, Roberts has served mostly as a backup tight end; accumulating 146 yards on 13 receptions in 23 active games between 2017-2018.
Roberts was placed on injured-reserve towards the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, and was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick prior to the 2019 season. Due to medical reasons, the trade was voided a couple of days later.
The Green Bay Packers claimed Roberts off of waivers, but he was subsequently released by the Packers two days later for failing a physical. Roberts was not active for any games in 2019.
Signing Roberts doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins aren’t going to pursue tight ends in free agency or in the draft. Mike Gesicki is the only “lock” to make the 2020 roster, as Durham Smythe‘s blocking ability might not survive if the Dolphins find themselves in an advantageous situation at the position.
Look at this as a way for Miami to get ahead of evaluations.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 13, 2019
A second Dolphins mock draft from someone who doesn’t watch football
(Locked On Dolphins) – Last week, Person A dazzled us with their blind mock draft, and now we’re back with the next entry in the series.
Person B is ready to go with their mock.
Keep in mind that all the blind mock draft contributors have little to no knowledge of the NFL.
I had all the contributors standardize their boards and the process so that everyone was on an even playing field.
They all used The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator with seven rounds, the predictive board, and had to choose the players manually.
Without further ado, here’s Person B’s mock draft.
(1) 5. Tua Tagovailoa – QB, Alabama
(1) 18. J.K. Dobbins – RB, Ohio State
(1) 26. Terrell Lewis – Edge, Alabama
(2) 39. Lloyd Cushenberry III – iOL, LSU
(2) 56. Xavier McKinney – S, Alabama
(3) 70. Rashard Lawrence – iDL, LSU
(5) 135. Chase Claypool – WR, Notre Dame
(5) 144. Justin Herron – OT, Wake Forest
(5) 147. Terrell Burgess – S, Utah
(6) 165. Lamar Jackson – CB, Nebraska
(6) 177. Jacob Breeland – TE, Oregon
(7) 223. David Reese II – LB, Florida
As I did with Person A, I reached out to Person B to get their reasoning behind the selections.
Me: “I noticed that you took Tua [Tagovailoa]. What led you to that decision with the fifth pick?”
Person B: “I knew the Dolphins wanted to get a QB, and Tua has been talked about so much that I just went with him.”
Me: “Which of your other selections did you feel particularly good about?”
Person B: “I need you to send me the link to my draft. I forgot who I picked since it took five attempts.”
[resends mock draft to Person B]
“I like my J.K. Dobbins pick. O-H-. And Rashard Lawrence. Because I figure he’s pretty good since LSU was really good this year.”
Me: “Your picks are really good. I’d put yours ahead of Person A. But it’s almost suspiciously good. Did you put your thumb on the scale somewhere along the line?”
Person B: “Well, by my 5th attempt (1 and 2: I didn’t select manual mode, 3: I didn’t pick 7 rounds from the drop-down menu, 4: I completed, but the site froze, and I lost everything), I figured out that I should probably pick from the top of the list first because if you don’t then those players just go like hotcakes.
So, I just matched up the positions the Dolphins needed to fill with the players highest on the list, and if I recognized a name or team, I would select them over someone I had never heard of.”
Me: “OK, well, we’re all out of time. Do you have any parting messages for Dolphins fans?”
Person B: “Well, I think the Dolphins are on the right track, and I hope that all of the true blue fans who have hung in with them for all these years will get to see another Super Bowl in the near future. GO FINS!”
And that wraps things up with Person B.
What are your thoughts on Person B’s mock draft? Leave a comment or tweet your thoughts at me directly on Twitter (@DIGITYnodoubt).
Tune in next time for Person C’s mock…
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