Dolphins 2022 – Upgrade the roster

With the 2022 coaching staff intact, the next step is upgrading the personnel that plays on the gridiron. March 1-7 is the NFL Combine in Indiana. Unlike many years past, we’re not armed with an arsenal of picks, but it doesn’t matter. Just hit on a few picks and we’ll be a better team. In reality, the same teams are pretty much in the playoffs or at least in the hunt every season, despite picking near the end of each round and not having 10-12 draft picks. It’s the quality of the picks that count. Considering how much money we have available in 2022 cap space, we’ll already have addressed some key issues before we even enter the fray of the 2022 NFL Draft. The next most relevant date is March 8th, which is the deadline for teams to apply either the Franchise Tag or Transition Tag to players. I’ve actually never been less sure on how we proceed in this regard. You all know how much I love TE Mike Gesicki but I just don’t know what Mike McDaniel thinks about Gesicki and if he’s a viable fit in his system. His talent is undeniable as a receiver, but the biggest question is not necessarily whether he can block, it’s did the previous staffs even ask him to?

The next date is key for us, because March 14-16 is when teams can contact players/agents of NFL Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA’s). There will be fierce competition for O-line players as most every team has O-line issues. We’ll have to pay dearly to get who we want, but really, who cares? Just get them! Not my money, not my problem. This is why you get yourself in the position of having among the highest cap space, so you have the freedom to spend it. Let’s face it, we need at least 1 or 2 guys that will step in immediately and upgrade our offensive line. Draft picks, even the best of them have a break in period. We can’t afford that. This team has started slow each of the last 3 seasons and because of that, we were on the outside looking in during the playoffs. We need to come out of the gate quick, and 2 veteran anchors on the O-line would make that more likely. On March 16th, Free Agency begins and the cash will be flowing. Spend it well Miami! Also on March 1th, after 4PM, the trading opens up. Wouldn’t be surprised in the least to find us active there as well.

April 4th, The 2022 Miami Dolphins will get to work in practice as we will be among the teams with a new Head Coach, so we will begin offseason workouts. April 20th is the deadline for meetings between NFL teams and NFL Draft prospects. April 22nd is the date is the deadline for Restricted Free Agents (RFA’s) to sign their offer sheets. The 2022 NFL Draft is April 28-30. We can’t go into the draft desperate for help at any one position. If we handle our business properly in Free Agency, we just be adding talent to the roster, not relying on any one draft pick to be a star immediately at any given position. I’ve discussed the O-line so many times so I won’t repeat that, but WR and RB might be places where we upgrade. Despite the fact that DeVante Parker carries a reasonable salary, do we really want to count on him? I for one hope we don’t, and if we’re looking to replace him, former Chargers WR Mike Williams would be a nice target. He’s not as much of a 50/50 ball guy as Parker but he’s much more explosive, and reliable as far as staying healthy. We know we need weapons for Tua, and Williams would be a nice player. Chris Godwin is another big receiver, not quite as big as Williams who is 6’4 220, but at 6’1 he plays big. We need to sign a RB, as we are bereft at the moment on our roster. Myles Gaskin and Gerrid Doaks are the 2 rostered RB’s. Former Dolphins Duke Johnson and Phillip Linday are available, and some other interesting choices as well, like former 49er and Bills RB Matt Breida, who gushed about McD, and Rashaad Penny who had somewhat of a breakout season for Seattle and who just turned 26. We know we’re probably going to have a committee approach at RB so we’ll need solid depth. Hope we solve this puzzle well!!

#stangerstrong

GO DOLPHINS!!!!

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1,139 Responses to Dolphins 2022 – Upgrade the roster

  1. stangerx says:

    Talk about career suicide. Affairs some people can sometimes get over, but….

    “Two-term U.S. Representative Van Taylor on Wednesday withdrew from a Republican primary run-off race, ending his reelection bid after admitting he had an extra-marital affair with the widow of an American who joined the Islamic State.”

    • steveccnv says:

      Either he has integrity finally or news of came out about it and he felt hopeless

      Wish a few other politicians would step down after news of them came out like Swallwell

      • stangerx says:

        Swallwell was single at the time, didn’t know what the women was doing, and broke it off as soon as US intelligence told him. So don’t see the direct comparison.

    • stangerx says:

      One of his rivals got his mistress to break the news.

  2. stangerx says:

    Form PBP’s Habib
    ——————-
    “Q — Of the two key free agents, the Dolphins appear closer with Ogbah than Gesicki.

    Grier said of the two, he has had more discussions regarding Ogbah with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Grier said talks about extending Ogbah date back to “throughout the course of the season,” an important distinction because Ogbah fended off reporters’ inquiries on negotiations as the season progressed.

    “We know what he is,” Grier said of Ogbah. “He’s a good guy, good player, good person. Fits all the criteria we’re looking for.”

    Which isn’t to shortchange Gesicki, subject of “limited” talks between his agents and the team.

    “Mike knows how I feel about him,” Grier said.

    Bottom line: “They both told us they want to be back in Miami. They both love it here.”

  3. stangerx says:

    Grier on McDaniel

    “He made no bones about he wanted the job. He thought it was a great fit for him.”

    • stangerx says:

      And — “Some of the stuff he’s talked about doing now is so outside the box. It’s been very interesting, just how he approaches it.” Should be interesting to watch the O next season.

  4. wyoming85 says:

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  7. Rockphin says:

    well, maybe James Cook can make dolphins fans into Cook Fans!

  8. wyoming85 says:

    29.Nakobe Dean LB Georgia
    50.Kenneth Walker RB Michigan State
    101.Alec Lindstrom OC Boston College
    120.Calvin Austin III WR Memphis
    124.Jeffrey Gunter EDGE Coastal Carolina
    158.Myron Cunningham OT Arkansas
    199.Shaun Jolly CB Appalachian State
    222.Emeka Emezie WR North Carolina State

  9. bailbondmike says:

    Wyoming, Breece Hall has been talked about as a high 4.4 to low 4.5. Which still is not bad for a RB. I think he is faster. Maybe that is what he is talking about, and he is hoping to put up a sub 4.4.

    • wyoming85 says:

      I’m looking to get better vision, not necessarily faster

      • bailbondmike says:

        Yeah, in this scheme vision is should be top of the list. Kenneth Walker might be the best in that regard. I just find it hard to pull the trigger that early on a RB. If that is the way it goes down, I will be saying, “Hell yeah!”.

        A RB I like late with good vision is CJ Verdell. He has a good burst and power. He has a compact think size at 5’8 211 pounds. Kind of MJD ish.

    • bailbondmike says:

      I don’t think he is that fast tough. He doesn’t have a quick burst of acceleration, but he is a big dude. You can see he has some speed when he gets going. He’s a good receiving back also.

  10. wyoming85 says:

  11. wyoming85 says:

    Hmmmmmmm?????

  12. wyoming85 says:

  13. Rockphin says:

  14. Rockphin says:

    So are any of you guys going to tune into the underwear Olympics tonight? I don’t have NFL Network on my cable system so I won’t be, but I probably wouldn’t anyway.

  15. sb7mvp says:

    Due diligence

  16. sb7mvp says:

    It’s nice to see the Dolphins are talking to guys the blog likes. I don’t remember those reports in past years. Would like for it to be more than just talk though. There are several good guys at picking college prospects here.

  17. sb7mvp says:

    It looks like if we want to go for a RB in rounds 2-4, we’ll have a choice of a few good ones.

  18. The Flying Pig says:

    I can’t verify that this is real but

  19. bailbondmike says:

    How much does this QB class suck? Panthers are the second QB needy team who has said they were going BPA with their first pick.

    I know, smoke screens and all that but I believe it this year.

  20. Krishna says:

    Took our office break lunch (every Thursday) and may not go back. It’s gorgeous outside….lol. Love being an owner…..

  21. Krishna says:

    Football is the ultimate team sport. You have to be able to communicate with one another and have chemistry. How do you do that without building relationships? And, the window for most is very short.

    McD seems to get that.

  22. Krishna says:

    There are many ways to build a team…and create those relationships and chemistry.

  23. Rockphin says:

    Bad Dad Joke of the Day

    What’s the difference between an outlaw and an in-law? Outlaws are wanted.

    • Krishna says:

      Right? Lol….

    • Krishna says:

      What if your both? Lol…

    • CavalierKong says:

      LOL

      Ugh, my mother in law is going to be visiting next Thursday and staying with us for nearly a week. She’s always been real great to me and really isn’t a bad person if you can get past the blatant racism and xenophobia…

      • Tim Knight says:

        Ugh that’s rough. There’s been times in my life when in social settings some people think it’s okay to say stuff like that and I needed to get away. For some reason I always needed to get another beer even though I just opened one. LOL

      • CavalierKong says:

        My wife and I have agreed we’ll not go out with her in public again. It usually isn’t bad unless she’s drinking, but the last time we went out it was so bad, we said never again, lol.

      • Krishna says:

        You’re

      • Krishna says:

        I had one of those and couldn’t believe she was Mrs. K’s mom! Mrs. K would quiet her….before I said something. ‘Cause she knew I would….lol.

  24. Rockphin says:

    THIS IS A JOKE NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT:

    Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth all die on the same day and go to Hell.

    While being processed in they see a red telephone and Putin asks “what is the red phone for?”
    The Devil explains that it is a direct line back to earth that can be used one time by each person admitted to Hell but there is a cost.

    Putin asks to use it and is on the phone for 5 minutes giving instructions to his Oligarchs. When he gets off the Devil says “that will cost you 1000 years in agony”

    The Queen then asks to use the phone. She is on for 20 Minutes. When she hangs up the Devil says “that will cost you 4000 years in agony”

    Trump then asks to use the phone and he is on for FOUR HOURS. When he gets off the phone the Devil tells him “that will cost you 20 minutes in agony”

    Hearing this Putin loses it and starts screaming about how unfair it is. After letting Putin rant for a while the Devil interrupts him. “STOP! It is completely fair! Since Bidan took over the whole country has gone to hell so it’s a local call!”

  25. bailbondmike says:

    Cardinals basically need WR’s bad. They are letting AJ Green and Christian Kirk go to free agency. Now they are letting Andy Isabella pursue a trade. He has not done much in 3 years in the NFL and fell out of favor last year.

    He is a small quick WR with 4.31 speed. Think Welker might be able to turn him around? Is he worth a shot at 1.1 mil and a late round pick?

    • bailbondmike says:

      Second thought, I may pass. Things should have clicked for him by now.

    • steveccnv says:

      I’d take a flier on him, seems to be able to catch the deep ball, can take the short one to the house, quick tough, just don’t really like small WRs with a small QB

      Things haven’t clicked yet, maybe he wasn’t used correctly

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I’m starting to think Dotson is a legit target for us

    • steveccnv says:

      Woolen might not have the fastest 40 times, but when mph are used, which is more accurate, because it measures top speed and not how fast you get out of the block probably has the fastest playing speed of this group

  26. naplesfan2010 says:

    Treylon Burks just now ran a 4.55 40, which is adequate, middling, not a deal breaker, but not a deep threat on speed.
    benchmark —
    Deebo ran a 4.48 for comparison.

  27. naplesfan2010 says:

    Dotson just ran a 4.41, reinforcing him as a first rounder and my fave WR.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      further comp time:
      Waddle ran a 4.37 (unofficial) … but there is video of him finishing in a tie running with Henry Ruggs, who was clocked at 4.27 at the combine (Waddle was hurt and did not run there.)
      WOW

  28. bailbondmike says:

    Burks running a 4.50 is not bad. He was projected to run a 4.45.

  29. bailbondmike says:

    Dotson was projected to run a 4.35. A 4.41 is still take it to the house speed.

  30. Randy says:

    You don’t really want big RBs in an outside zone scheme….unless they are also fast and have good change of direction. Is there one of those we can draft after round 3?
    ***
    I really haven’t started my draft dive yet, but I think I’m gonna look for a RB who I can convert to a FB. A guy who can block and catch.

  31. naplesfan2010 says:

    Dotson 36, Burks 33 in the vertical (lower middle). Chris Olave was nearer to last, tied at 32.
    Alec Pierce out of Cincy, one of my late round maybes, jumped 40.5 in the vert !!!!
    that was the best.

  32. bailbondmike says:

    Calvin Austin tore up his combine, 4.32 40, 11’3″ broad jump and 39″ vertical.

  33. naplesfan2010 says:

    BBM
    Here you go.
    Christian Watson led the field in the broad jump at 11’4″ !

  34. Randy says:

    BBM,
    Will do. Thanks!

    • bailbondmike says:

      He is not one you would convert to FB. He is one of those small thick compacts, 5’8 211. He comes from a zone scheme, has a quick burst and good speed.

      My top fullback was Connor Heyward son of Hardhead Heyward, but he converted to TE this last season. I like the FB from Purdue that Naples turned me onto.

  35. bailbondmike says:

    Guess we will have to wait on pro days for some of these guys.

  36. wyoming85 says:

    Olave 4.26

  37. mf13ss says:

    Can’t lie: Johan Dotson coupled with Jaylen Waddle would be SICK… very reminicent of the Marx Brothers in a new era — on paper — only a bit taller. But the O-Line must get fixed in order to get the best out of them.

  38. Tim Knight says:

    Russia attacks Nuclear Power Plant. They are pushing the world’s buttons to see how they will react. Scary shit!

    • mf13ss says:

      As I understand it, Russia attacked the front office of the power plant. Everything thus far is under control. Nuclear containment is certified and all is well… again, thus far.

      Scary shit, nonetheless, Bro!

  39. Rockphin says:

    Panthers win
    Heat win
    Underwear Olympics?

  40. mf13ss says:

    Tim,

    We’re getting ever closer to FA. Who do you think we target, other than re-signing some of our own, man?

    • mf13ss says:

      I’m thinking Laken Tomlinson (as many here have mentioned previously: now linked to Coach McDaniel) and Marcus Mariota. I could see this.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Tomlinson makes total sense. Not sure if we target a top OT but maybe a guy we don’t really focus on but fits what we want to run. I do think 2-3 FA OL is possible.

      I don’t have a lot of names, but I do think we will sign QB, RB and WR in FA. When you think about it, we don’t have an offense with an identity or a history of success because most of it is really young. I’m all in with what coach McD wants to do on offense. Tua and Waddle are the only locks for me.

  41. mf13ss says:

    I can sense you on the other side of the keyboard… you’re thinking about how can I talk about football when we could literally be obliterated at any moment by Putin.

  42. mf13ss says:

    Tim Knight says:
    March 3, 2022 at 10:45 pm
    …Tua and Waddle are the only locks for me.
    ———–
    Understood, but I DO have high hopes for some of our younger cats… specifically Eich.

    • mf13ss says:

      Comparatively speaking, I know Eich could beat (Billy) Turner in terms of their relative upsides, as drafted. Eich is going to be a future star, IMO.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I’m not saying it’s going to be just two guys, but I’m not sure anyone else is a lock. I could see us using trades, FA and the draft to revamp the entire offense.

  43. Brian in NY says:

    Tyquan Thorton Baylor WR: 4.21 in the 40

  44. Tim Knight says:

    I think Brandon Jones may be the most underrated player on the team. He’s a physical Safety who is an excellent blitzer, can play the run and is decent in coverage. He’s a good tackler. I can see him making that jump in his 3rd season. Not sure what that means for Eric Rowe, but I think it’s possible we can keep both. I hope we re-sign Needham. He’s a good DB. He’s a gamer.

    CB Howard, Jones and Needham
    S Holland, Jones and Rowe

    That’s a quality secondary.

    • Brian in NY says:

      I would say Seiler is right there with Jones . I hope we sign Needham, Rowe may be a cap casualty .

      • Tim Knight says:

        Seiler is very good in his role. Rowe would probably have to restructure. I don’t think he’ll get the same money with another team either. He might be entering 1 year $2.5M territory.

  45. Tim Knight says:

    I mentioned this the other day with Josh Boyer saying he sees a defense from the back end first as a DC. We hired Madison and Surtain as DB coaches. Remember how they played? Press man and quarters defense which is a hybrid man/zone coverage scheme. The idea is to not give up much room for receivers to works with. Always contested. Then we blitz.

  46. naplesfan2010 says:

    I guess they ran some more 40 s after I went to bed.
    sheesh
    That’s late, but they do play football late at night, so I guess it’s not too freaky.
    So … sorry if some of the times I posted above have changed.
    And wow Christian Watson may have vaulted himself into the first round with his combine performance.

  47. Krishna says:

    Sorry if this is repeat post. I just read it and interesting stuff about McD and staff excited to work with Tua:

    https://www.si.com/nfl/dolphins/news/miami-dolphins-gm-chris-grier-stamps-tua-as-starter-and-shuts-down-watson-talk

  48. sb7mvp says:

    We need Grier to have another top of the draft like he did last year, but first get some quality free agents while spending the money wisely.

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      This is the truth.
      I think he can do this.

    • steveccnv says:

      We don’t have the picks to make it happen, getting 3 studs picking at 29, 50, 101 would be quite an accomplishment

      I’d take a top WR at 29, a good RB at 50 and maybe an ILB at 101 or switch RB with ILB

      • sb7mvp says:

        I’m talking about hitting on the picks with guys who contribute right away. No potential project guys like Austin Jackson or Iggy. The 3 spots you mentioned are exactly who I think we should be targeting.

  49. steveccnv says:

    We need to fix our roster issues in FA something like what the cheats did last year

    • steveccnv says:

      Get 2 starting OL, re-sign Duke and Lindsay, re-sign Gesicki and Smythe, resign Ogbah, then draft WR, ILB, RB

      Doesn’t seem like we need that much from either FA or the draft, but we do have to fill several roster spots

  50. steveccnv says:

    We need about 11-15 FA signed, including our own

    • bailbondmike says:

      Yeah, we have a way to go with only 49 players currently on the roster. Tua and Streveler are the only QB’s. Need about 2 more for camp. Not to mention we need RB’s and LB’s.

      • steveccnv says:

        I don’t count the camp bodies already on the roster, I’m talking only about the 53

        There’s at least 10 guys on our current roster, that won’t make the team, hard to believe another 5-7 won’t make it either, guys like Munson will be replaced, we have too much cap space not too plus 6 or 7 drafted rookies

  51. bailbondmike says:

    I don’t know where these sub 4.3 times are coming from. Looking at the official times on NFL.COM there was only 1 WR under 4.3 and that was Tyquon Thornton at 4.28. With that said there is a good bit of speed in this draft. Depending on which result site you look at there were 7-9 players who ran a sub 4.4 add in J.Williams and that makes 8-10.

    Though the top 5 fastest were all considered 4th round or later prospects due to route running and trouble getting off press coverage. They all solidified their draft status and probably improved where they get selected.

    Another WR who helped his cause is Pickens running a 4.47 when he was projected at 4.59. Still not a huge fan as he has issues getting separation.

    Jaylen Nailor was supposed to be a low 4.4 guy but may have hurt himself running a 4.5. The 2 who hurt themselves the most were David Bell and Dontario Drummond both running a 4.65.

    Speed isn’t everything. They need to have a good get off, sell their routes, change up tempo and accelerate out of breaks. If you can master all these, it doesn’t matter if you are a 4.4 or a 4.5 guy.

    • wyoming85 says:

      I know that’s the time that was posted on the TV when they ran.

      But I was asleep before they became the “official” time

  52. CavalierKong says:

  53. naplesfan2010 says:

    I like velus Jones late for welker type WR and ST KR type guy. Said to be a great gunner.

    • bailbondmike says:

      I agree. He has good size also at 6′ 204. He was one with route running issues but that may not be on him as much as it was on TN. They only used him with a limited route tree. I think Welker can make him much better. He has all the tools.

  54. wyoming85 says:

    • steveccnv says:

      They thought Tua was (put) in a good position last year?

      Maybe with his pocket presence they forgot how bad the OL really was

  55. wyoming85 says:

    BBM Khalil Shakir Had a good night!

  56. wyoming85 says:

    • steveccnv says:

      Depends what he means by WRs being a bigger concern than OL

      Is he talking about current guys on the roster with untapped potential? So he’s thinking the OL has the guys on the roster now, that just need to be coached up? While the WRs on the roster are hopeless as a group, because they’ll never fit in the system?

      • steveccnv says:

        Overall don’t agree, with Waddle, Bowden, Parker, Hurns as our only vet WRs on the roster we need 2 to 3 more, Hollins should be re-signed, but maybe he replaces Hurns

        Think we get at least a Barrios in FA, so maybe 1 more, which we’ll draft

        How can it be such a concern, if we can easily have a WR group that looks like the 5 mentioned above plus an FA and drafted WR, and Ford is still out there

        It’s easier to get a WR up to speed, than OL, so OL is the bigger concern

      • steveccnv says:

        If the OL is just average in 2022 the WRs we had in 2021 will be good enough, sure some will be gone, but think you get th point

  57. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!!

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