Yessir! Back to Football!
Man, I’d much rather hear back to football than back to school. Still to this day, hearing back to school depresses me, and I’ve been out of school for a very long time, thousands of years. On the other hand, MIAMI DOLPHINS FOOTBALL is BACK!!! Training camp is ON!
This training camp should really be an interesting one to watch. There are a few important positions up for grabs, and one that just cropped up due to Koa Misi being placed on IR. Before Misi was even placed on IR, an intriguing battle was to take place on the O-line, presumably at LG, with Laremy Tunsil now the LT, Pouncey possibly ready to return to C, Jermon Bushrod set to play RG, and Ju’Wuan James set at RT. Who will win the LG spot? Ted Larsen, Anthony Steen, Kraig Urbik, OR, the fan favorite rookie 5th RD pick Isaac Asiata?
The other important battle will be between Neville Hewitt and rookie 2nd RD pick Raekwon McMillan at OLB. This is one I can’t wait to see. CB is another highly contested area of competition, especially now that we’ve added veteran CB Alterraun Verner, who is likely going to give nickel corner Bobby McCain his moneys worth. Besides the nickel corner, at this point, I still think there is competition for starting spots at CB, between likely favorite and incumbent Byron Maxwell, 2nd year Xavien Howard, Tony Lippett, and even rookie 2nd RD pick Cordrea Tankersley. We haven’t had this kind of depth at CB, well, in a long time.
Defensive tackle should be fun to watch, although we know Ndumakong Suh and Jordan Phillips will be the starters, the depth will definitely be up for grabs, with newly acquired Lawrence Okoye, and rookie draftees Davon Godchaux (RD5) and Vincent Taylor (RD6), as well as possibly Julius Warmsley, who may be working out at DE. Will there be a late veteran pickup, or do we go with youngins?
Another aspect that really has me interested is the other safety spot, meaning not Reshad Jones’ spot. Yes, Jones tweaked sumpin’ the other day, but I’m thinking he’ll be fine, but what of Nate Allen and suspended for 8 games T.J. McDonald? Do we get any competition there, knowing McDonald must miss the first 8 games? If not, can Nate Allen return to the promise he showed early in his career with Philadelphia?
Many questions, and of course, will OC Mike Pouncey be healthy enough to participate in TC, and if so, does he make it through healthy enough to play this season? Does Devante Parker finally emerge as a premier receiver? Does star Jarvis Landry sign a big contract before the season? Does RB Kenyan Drake really share carries with Jay Ajayi, or is he just going to spell him? Is Ryan Tannehill really 100%, and if so, does he ascend to the upper echelon of QB’s, surrounded by significant talent this season on offense, easily our best offensive roster in quite some time. Does Julius Thomas make us forget about Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims, and maybe become Randy McMichael or Keith Jackson or better for us?
Some of these questions will be answered in training camp, others will continue through the preseason and possibly even the beginning of the season, while others will finally be answered by seasons end. Looking forward to it all!
Go DOLPHINS!! Zero in!