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Written by: Nicholas Mullick Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-mullick-354076184/
With Training Camp about to start for the NFL in a few weeks, there are questions that follow each team. Like I did with the Ravens, I will be doing the Top 5 Biggest questions for every team heading into Training Camp. Next up is the Miami Dolphins who originally had the 15th Overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, until they traded it in order to acquire WR Jaylen Waddle in the 2020 Draft. They also had the 29th pick as well but traded it to acquire WR Tyreek Hill. But there are still questions that remain with this team.
1. Can Tua Tagovailoa finally prove that he is the guy at quarterback?
I am still a pro-Tua guy, but this could be his final chance as the starting QB for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins heavily have invested in surrounding him on offense. They gave him a great tackle in Terron Armstead which is a great move. They Acquired Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs via trade which gives him a speedy receiver. Then the Miami Dolphins decided to get rid of Brian Flores for Mike McDaniel who is more of an offensive-minded coach. Finally, the Dolphins beefed up the running back core. This is Tua’s last chance to finally prove that he is the franchise QB. There are no excuses and if Tua can’t succeed, then Miami will have to find another QB. But like I said earlier I am a pro-Tua Tagovailoa guy and I hope he succeeds. I wish him luck this season.
2. What will happen with Myles Gaskin & Salvon Ahmed?
Talk about a difference a year can make. Here are two players who were once a part of the every-week lineup and now they are battling for a roster spot. Especially as the Miami Dolphins signed Chase Edmunds, Rasheem Mostert, and Sony Michel during the offseason. I doubt either of the 3 new editions roster spots are in jeopardy. The Dolphins will likely keep 4 backs. One has to go and it will be a close one. Time will tell who impresses in the next few weeks, but both need to impress in order to secure a job.
3. The Dolphins may have a new tackle, but what about the rest of the offensive line?
The Dolphins offensive line did improve as they now have a tackle in Terron Armstead. He is one of the best tackles in the league and is probably the best move in the offseason excluding acquiring Tyreek Hill. But what about the rest of the offensive line as they pretty much kept it the same excluding moving Liam Eichenberg to guard. I see him more as a tackle, but I guess the Dolphins don’t. I am shocked that they are keeping Austin Jackson at tackle as he has been disappointing since getting drafted in the 1st round with the Minkah Fitzpatrick pick. They are putting Connor Williams at the center position, and we see how that will go. The Dolphins should have invested more on the o-line and hopefully, it gets better and they protect Tua Tagovailoa next season.
4. How will the Dolphins utilize the prospects they took in the 2022 NFL draft class this season?
The Miami Dolphins only had 4 draft choices in the 2022 NFL Draft and I was not a fan of what they did excluding one selection. The only selection I liked was 3rd round pick, LB Channing Tindall, as Miami desperately needed a linebacker and has a lot of potential in the NFL. When looking at the rest of their selections, I have no idea what they are doing. They reached on WR Erik Ezukanma in the 4th round and I have no idea how he is going to fit this team. LB Cameron Goode is a solid prospect, but will likely be a depth piece, but will they utilize him at LB or at DE/EDGE. Because the Dolphins need depth at both positions, Goode could be a project. They wasted a pick on QB Skylar Thompson who will likely be on the practice squad. I wonder how or if they will be utilized this year.
5. What can Mike McDaniel bring to the table that Brian Flores did not?
I still am baffled that the Miami Dolphins decided to fire Brian Flores as he was doing a great job with the Dolphins. I will give it a chance as McDaniel could be a solid coach, but what difference would he give that Flores wasn’t. I mean maybe that McDaniel is more offensive-minded, but Flores was doing a solid job running the offense even being a defensive-minded coach. This is more of a long-term question, but I hope the Dolphins know what they are doing and McDaniel can bring something different to the table.