The Miami Dolphins are on the rise as an overall offense this season. They added lots of offensive weapons and offensive lineman to the roster. Here are the top five offensive players heading into the 2020 NFL season.
DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver
DeVante Parker broke out as a star receiver for the Dolphins last season after he received 72 receptions, 1,202 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. Before the 2019 season, Parker has been injury-prone, inconsistent, and overall looked like a complete bust for the Dolphins. Parker is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old, so this year will be a turning year for Parker. On the other hand, Parker will have to work on his catching percentage. He was targeted 128 times but only caught the ball 72 times. Overall, Parker will be the star of the offense and as he builds a connection with Tua Tagovailoa, he will only get better.
Jordan Howard, Running Back
The Miami Dolphins signed Jordan Howard to a two year, $10 million dollar contract. The Dolphins drafted Solomon Kindley, Austin Jackson, and Robert Hunt to the roster, which all of these offensive linemen are talented run blockers. Howard had a down year in 2019 only rushing for six touchdowns, 525 rushing yards, and 4.4 yards per rush attempt. In Howards first two seasons in the NFL, he had over 2,400 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Ever since those seasons, he has not reached 1,000 rushing yards. The main problem for Howard was that he was becoming a back up running back. The Eagles used rookie, Miles Sanders, which made the production of Howard worse. Overall, Howard will be the number one running back on the Dolphins, which all of the Dolphins fans should see a rise in his production.
Mike Gesicki, Tight End
The Miami Dolphins took a chance and drafted Mike Gesicki in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. In his first season, Gesicki was not impressive only receiving 22 receptions, 202 receiving yards, and zero touchdowns. It all turned around in his sophomore season after he received 51 receptions, 570 receiving yards, and five touchdowns. His catching percentage was not well last season (57.3%), but that is because the team was not trying to win at the beginning of the season. With the new additions of Matt Breida and Jordan Howard, the passing game will be more open with a strong run game. Overall, Gesicki will continue to improve as a tight end for the Dolphins and could possibly be in the top ten tight ends next season.
Matt Breida, Running Back
The Miami Dolphins were in need of a back up running back, to help newly signed running back Jordan Howard. Kalen Ballage and Patrick Laird are both not better than a third-string running back for the Dolphins. The Dolphins traded a fifth-round pick in exchange for Matt Breida from the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers already have one of the strongest running games in the NFL and we’re not in need of Breida anymore. Breida had to split snaps with a couple of other runnings, so last season he rushed for one touchdown, 623 rushing yards, and 123 rushing attempts. Also, Breida received 19 receptions, 120 receiving yards, and one touchdown. Overall, Breida will play a much bigger role on the Dolphins offense and prove he can be a valuable running back number two.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback
Going into the 2020-21 NFL season, no one knows who will be the Dolphins starting quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is currently the front runner for the position of starting quarterback. Fitzpatrick showed the world he still has it, after running the Dolphins offense and showing true leadership. Last season for the Dolphins Fitzpatrick threw 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and 3,529 passing yards, with only playing 13 games. If Fitzpatrick starts the whole season for the Dolphins, then he will continue to perform at this level. On the other hand, the Dolphins could possibly start, rookie quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Overall, if Fitzpatrick plays the whole season for the Dolphins, then he earns this spot. If Tagovailoa takes the starting position, then there would be no place for Fitzpatrick on the list.
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