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Dolphins Offensive Positional Grades – Post NFL Draft

The Miami Dolphins made a lot of upgrades on the offensive side of the ball in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s the Miami Dolphins offensive positional grades, post-NFL Draft based off of the Miami Dolphins depth chart.

Quarterback

Currently, the starting quarterback for the Dolphins is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is a journeyman in the NFL, but could be a valuable veteran presence for the Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa has a chance to learn behind a veteran quarterback who has been in the NFL for years. Tua is the back up right now and will most likely rest for the first four games of the season. He is an unproven quarterback in the NFL and has some major injury concerns, but in the future, he could be the franchise quarterback of the Dolphins. The third-string quarterback is Josh Rosen. Rosen was traded to the Dolphins last season and went 0 – 3 as the Dolphins starting quarterback. Rosen has the possibility of either being traded or cut from the roster before the beginning of the season. The fourth-string quarterback is Jake Rudock. Rudock has not played in the NFL since 2017 and will most likely get cut from the roster. Overall, Fitzpatrick and Tua will be the two quarterbacks this season, and hopefully, Tua flourishes out of his injury habits. 

Grade: B-

Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Running Back

The Dolphins starting running back this season is Jordan Howard. Howard was hurt a little bit last season, but also, his production lacked because Miles Sanders took his job. With the Dolphins building a run-blocking offensive line, Howard should be able to run over teams this season. The back up running back is Matt Breida. The Dolphins traded for Breida in the NFL Draft in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Breida has been a speed demon for the 49ers since 2017. The current third-string running back is Kalen Ballage. Ballage started most of last season, but overall he played terribly. He has the possibility to be cut before the beginning of the season. The Dolphins drafted running back, quarterback, and wide receiver hybrid Malcolm Perry in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. Malcolm Perry is going to be a secret weapon for the Dolphins and has the potential to be the next Julian Edelman or Taysom Hill. Myles Gaskin, Patrick Laird, and De’Lance Turner will most likely be cut before the beginning of the season. Overall, with the addition of Breida and Perry, the Dolphins running back depth is better than ever. 

Grade: B+

Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the ball past New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver

DeVante Parker is the top wide receiver on the Dolphins. He had his first break out season receiving nine touchdowns, 1,202 receiving yards, and 72 receptions. Preston Williams is the second-best receiver on the roster heading into the season. Williams was an undrafted free agent in 2019 and he was one of the biggest steals of the draft receiving three touchdowns, 438 receiving yards, in eight games. Albert Wilson could possibly get traded before the beginning of next season, but for now, he is a solid slot receiver. Allen Hurns is a perfect depth receiver on the roster as last season he received two touchdowns, 416 receiving yards, and 32 receptions. Isaiah Ford, Jakeem Grant, and Kirk Merrit will all compete for the fifth wide receiver position on the roster. Overall, the Dolphins have lots of underrated wide receivers on the roster and there is a lot of depth at the position.

Grade: A

Sep 17, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers free safety Tre Boston (33) in the third quarter during a NFL football game at StubHub Center. The Dolphins defeated the Chargers 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tight End 

The Dolphin’s tight ends are all young and rising stars in the NFL. Mike Gesicki is going into his third season in the NFL but has already proved to be a good pass catcher. Gesicki received five touchdowns, 570 receiving yards, and 51 receptions in 2019. Durham Smythe is the current back up tight end for the Dolphins. Smythe is also in his third season in the NFL, but is not as much of a receiving tight end. Last season, Smythe received zero touchdowns, 13 receptions, and 115 receiving yards. The next tight end on the depth chart is Cox Chandler, Chandler is also the starting fullback for the team, so he will only play tight end if needed. Michael Roberts and Chris Myarick will most likely be cut before the beginning of the season. Overall, the tight end core is alright, but Miami could benefit from having another solid receiving tight end. 

Grade: B-

Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) reacts after making a catch for a first down against the New York Jets during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Tackles

The Dolphins had one of the worst offensive lines in the 2019 NFL season. The Dolphins drafted Austin Jackson with the No. 18 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Austin Jackson will start for the Dolphins this season and be a tremendous upgrade to the offensive line. Currently, the starters are Jesse Davis and Julie’n Davenport, but both did not do a good job last season. Davis is more of a guard and Davenport should be a back up offensive tackle. The Dolphins also signed undrafted free agents, Nick Kaltmayer and Jonathan Hubbard after the draft. Kaltmayer is another ginormous offensive lineman the Dolphins have added to the roster. Hubbard is a camp body, which means he will most likely not make the team. Overall, the Dolphins are beginning to make upgrades to the offensive tackle position, but the rookies need to prove themself. 

Grade: C

Sep 29, 2018; Tucson, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive tackle Austin Jackson (73) against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Interior Lineman

The Dolphins drafted and signed lots of major upgrades to the interior offensive line. Ereck Flowers used to be known as a bust at offensive tackle, but since moving to guard he has become underrated. Flowers is a good offensive guard and will be a major upgrade from last season. Michael Deiter was drafted in 2019 by the Dolphins and he was a solid offensive lineman. The Dolphins signed Ted Karras in free agency, which was a solid signing because Karras started his first season and played well. The Dolphins also drafted Solomon Kindley and Robert Hunt in the NFL Draft. Solomon Kindley and Robert Hunt can both play tackle and guard for the Dolphins and they will be able to compete for the starting position. Undrafted free agent, Donnell Stanley is the third-string center but has the potential to start for the Dolphins. Overall, the Dolphins interior offensive line is underrated compared to the rest of the league and has spectacular depth and starting players. 

Grade: B+

Oct 13, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive guard Michael Deiter (63) plays his position against Washington Redskins defensive end Noah Spence (54) in the fourth quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Conclusion

The Dolphins offense has improved tremendously since the end of the 2019 NFL season. They now have a future franchise quarterback, a strong offensive line with potential, and good running back depth. This offense will improve overall and could possibly be a top offense in the future if Tua lives up to his expectations. Overall, this was one of the best offseasons the Dolphins have had in years and I expect many more to come.

Grade: B

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One thought on “Dolphins Offensive Positional Grades – Post NFL Draft

  1. Overall, I agree with most of your comments, Where we significantly part ways is tight end. Yes we have receivers but can any of them block. So far, I haven’t seen it. I would like to see a tight end who can block and catch. I think, Hakeem Grant will be gone ( I will be very saddened to see it happen). I think the team will play 5 receiver sets and may try the Wishbone again.

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