Dolphins 53 Man Roster Projection

The Miami Dolphins open training camp July 27 at the Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida. Here’s a 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACKS (3): Ryan TannehillMatt MooreBrandon Doughty

The Dolphins have had the same pairing for six years. Tannehill is coming off arguably his best season as a starter but must prove that he is past a knee injury that forced him to miss the final four games last year. Moore is one of the better backups in the NFL and ready to fill in if needed.

RUNNING BACKS (3): Jay AjayiKenyan DrakeDamien Williams

Ajayi is coming off a Pro Bowl season and is the bell cow who could get 250-300 carries this season if he stays healthy. Drake has big-play ability but made a lot of rookie mistakes and is still working to earn the trust of the coaching staff. Williams is detailed and trusted as a third-down back.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6): Jarvis LandryKenny StillsDeVante ParkerLeonte CarrooRashawn ScottJakeem Grant

This is one of the deepest areas of Miami’s roster, with the potential to create a logjam. Landry, Stills and Parker are a dangerous trio that will continue to grow together. Grant will be pushed for one of the final roster spots by other young receivers such as Isaiah Ford and Drew Morgan. But Grant has the edge for now because he remains Miami’s best kick-return option.

TIGHT END (3): Julius ThomasAnthony FasanoMarQueis Gray

This position experienced an extreme makeover this offseason, after former Dolphins Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims underachieved last season. Thomas should be a strong addition in the red zone while Fasano does most of the dirty work.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Laremy TunsilTed LarsenMike PounceyJermon BushrodJa’Wuan JamesIsaac AsiataAnthony SteenKraig UrbikSam Young

Pouncey’s healthy return will be key for this group after he missed most of last season with a hip injury. Tunsil is expected to return to his natural position at left tackle after he played left guard as a rookie.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8): Cameron WakeAndre BranchNdamukong SuhJordan PhillipsCharles HarrisWilliam HayesVincent TaylorDavon Godchaux

The defensive ends are four deep and pretty much locked in. There are a lot of young defensive tackles in this group opposite Pro Bowler Suh. Miami is hoping Phillips, Taylor and Godchaux are ready to step up.

LINEBACKER (7): Lawrence TimmonsKiko AlonsoKoa MisiRaekwon McMillanMike HullNeville HewittTrevor Reilly

Timmons was Miami’s big free-agent pickup this year and should stabilize a linebacker group that struggled mightily last season. Alonso, who led Miami in tackles last season, is expected to move from middle linebacker to outside linebacker. Misi is on thin ice and will be pushed hard by second-round pick McMillan.

CORNERBACK (6): Byron MaxwellXavien HowardTony LippettCordrea TankersleyBobby McCainLafayette Pitts

This is a mostly young group that should come of age in 2017. Howard and Lippett looked improved during the spring compared with last season, and Tankersley has the potential to be a nice find as a third-round draft pick.

SAFETY (4): Reshad JonesNate AllenMichael ThomasWalt Aikens

Jones returns after season-ending shoulder surgery and should be a force on the back end of Miami’s defense. Allen was signed in free agency to be a starter, and Thomas is a valuable contributor in sub packages and on special teams. T.J. McDonald isn’t on this list, but he will be on the roster after serving an eight-game suspension.

SPECIALISTS (3): Andrew FranksMatt DarrJohn Denney

Denny is the longest-tenured Dolphin as he enters his 13th season. Franks has had his ups and downs, but he finished strong with a pair of difficult field goals in the playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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16 Responses to Dolphins 53 Man Roster Projection

  1. David says:

    the WR group IS indeed looking deep, but bare in mind only the top 3 have seen any significant time on the field, so its not TOO deep or jammed IMO

    the RB guys are looking especially sharp this season, Ajayi, Drake, and Williams could be one of the best RB trios in the NFL

    the defense is mostly new chess pieces, and Misi isnt going to be ready to start the season again, so how far this team goes is mainly up to how fast the D can get up to speed .

  2. Marinofan13 says:

    Joe Schad‏Verified account @schadjoe 30s30 seconds ago
    Does Adam Gase feel the need to speak with Jarvis Landry as camp starts w/o a contract extension? #miamidolphins

  3. Marinofan13 says:

    Barry Jackson‏Verified account @flasportsbuzz 18s18 seconds ago
    Dolphins sign CB Verner and place Misi on IR, per league source

  4. Marinofan13 says:

    Barry Jackson‏Verified account @flasportsbuzz 1m1 minute ago
    Misi (out for year) failed to pass medical test necessary for him to play. Agent Kenny Zuckerman: “We’re all disappointed. It’s unexpected.”

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Barry Jackson‏Verified account @flasportsbuzz 17s18 seconds ago
      … Natural to wonder now if Fins should have met Zach Brown’s asking price or pursued David Harris. Much rides now on Raekwon McMillan.

  5. Marinofan13 says:

    Adam Beasley‏Verified account @AdamHBeasley 46s46 seconds ago
    By placing Misi on Injured Reserve at this point in the calendar, he is ineligible to return this year, even if he gets healthy, I’m told.

  6. Marinofan13 says:

    Joe Schad‏Verified account @schadjoe 35s35 seconds ago
    Turns out Koa Misi is not eligible to return at all from IR this year. Primary focus of course is his long-term health. #miamidolphins

  7. ElephantRider says:

    Did anyone really think Misi was gonna play? A least now the organization can move on.

    I feel for the guy, but it’s the best thing that could have happened for the team. Now let someone that actually will play win a roster spot.

    • David says:

      Agreed, Misi playing days are over.

      I believe Mcmillon will be the answer though. Of course He will make a few rookie mistakes, but footballs football, and defense is mostly just reacting to what’s in front of You.
      He will catch on quickly and have a great rookie season IMO

  8. ElephantRider says:

    Timmons is your vet leadership. Alonso as well even tho he’s young. The culture is what it is now and everyone has that voice telling them to be pros and do their job.


  9. David says:

    new post up !

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