Thursday, March 26, 2015

7 Round Mock Draft For Dolphins' 2015 Picks ( 7th Edition RED ZONE )

Since the Miami Dolphins have signed some new Free Agents and brought back a few of their own, our needs have changed quite a bit since I started doing these mock drafts a couple months ago. We still need help at WR, CB, OLB/ILB, FS and depth across the OL.

But in this edition I want to focus on drafting a few guys to help us in the Red Zone.  Last year, we wound up ranked 2nd in the NFL for Red Zone Possessions at 4.2 per game. New England ranked ahead of us at 4.3 per game.

So clearly, getting into the Red Zone last year has not been a problem. In 2013 we ranked 23rd at 2.9 possessions per game and in 2012 we ranked 28th at 2.4 possessions per game. That's wonderful progress in 2014.

However, scoring TDs once we get there could be better. The top dog last year was New England again at 2.7 TDs per game from the Red Zone.  We were 23% lower at 2.2 TDs per game from the Red Zone which placed us tied for 4th. Not bad but that extra TD every other game could've been a big difference in making the playoffs and what seed we could have.

Consider that in 2013 we were ranked 19th at only 1.6 Red Zone TDs per game and in 2012 we were ranked 25th at 1.3 Red Zone TDs per game.  We almost doubled our output in 2 years. Again, wonderful progress.

Lets see if we can get a few guys who can help us in the Red Zone offensively and were we may find them.

I am utilizing a Computer App which is making the picks for the 31 other teams in the draft. There are opportunities to offer and accept trades with other teams. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to list all the picks nor all the available players who were available when I picked for us.

The First Round leading up to our pick in this edition went as follows:
1) Bucs: Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
2) Vikings (trade with Tenn): Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
3) Jags: Leonard Williams DT USC
4) Raiders: Randy Gregory DE Nebraska
5) Redskins: Dante Fowler Jr. OLB Fla
6) Saints (trade with Dirtbag Jets): Shane Ray DE Missouri
7) Rams (trade with Chicago): Cameron Erving OT FSU
8) Texans (trade with Falcons): Danny Shelton DT Washington
9) Giants: Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
10) Bears (trade with Rams): Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky
11) Titans (trade with Vikings) La'el Collins OT LSU

Two Picks to sweat out for one of two players I like!!!

12) 49ers (trade with Browns) SHOCKER Jameis Winston QB FSU

Haha Jets!! One pick to sweat out, so we are getting at least one of the two guys I like.

13) Scumbag Jets (trade with Saints): Don't tell me the Saints may grab one now. NO! Trae Waynes CB Michigan State

Now we actually have a dilemma which would need to be solved by who we actually already have on the roster at WR.

Yes, as this particular draft has unfolded, I now can chose between 3 WRs.  Either 4th Rated Amari Cooper, 6th Rated Kevin White, or 13th Rated DeVante Parker. Now White and Parker are both 6-3 and Cooper is only 6-1. So lets clump White and Parker into one body and Cooper into the other.

Lets look at our current corps of WRs:
Jarvis Landry 5' 11" 202 lbs
Kenny Stills 6' 0" 194 lbs
Rishard Mathews 6' 0" 202 lbs
Matt Hazel 6' 1" 205 lbs
Tyler McDonald 6" 1" 192 lbs
Michael Preston 6" 5" 213 lbs

If Michael Preston is ready to play and contribute, he makes a pretty darn good Red Zone target along with TE Jordan Cameron 6' 5" 249 lbs.

So if Preston is a go, we can grab the higher rated athletic Cooper with his diminutive -2 inch stature but if Preston isn't ready to go then we need to grab either White or Parker for helping in the Red Zone.

First Round: Wow what a huge break to be able to grab the top dog at a position of need, the WR from Alabama, Amari Cooper!  Wow! The 4th rated player somehow falls to us. I know there are surprises in many NFL drafts and sometimes the needs of a team dictate their pick more than an available player's value. This is what happened in this draft as the Cooper, all 6'1", 211 lbs of him fell into our laps. Don't we deserve a break once in a while! And we took this break by skipping over Amari Cooper and taking 6' 3", 215 lbs, Kevin White out of West Virginia.  While both White and Parker have the size we will need in the Red Zone, White has a bigger frame and I think that will be an advantage as both players mature physically.  So, I am not counting on Michael Preston at this point.

Second Round: Time to handle the OLB issue with a pretty good one out of Virginia.  6'3", 247 lbs, Eli Harold fills the bill to fill a need in our LB corp. Harold is an early entry and a very athletic man similar to our DE Olivier Vernon.  Does anyone have a problems drafting another Vernon? I don't.
Harold is a high motor guy that played in a 3-4 defense so you may wonder why the hell am I grabbing this guy here. Because the LB depth isn't that great this year and the drop off is significant. He needs to add some bulk and I hope we didn't blow this pick because he needs work on pass coverage. I used the 47th pick on the 36th Rated Player.

Fourth Round: I accepted a trade from Pitt for their 4th Round #22 and a 5th Round #7 they acquired from Denver. There were quite a few decent CBs sitting there so I figured I could get one of them moving down 7 picks.  With the 118th pick I selected the 127th Rated Player, CB out of Ole Miss, Senquez Golson. At 5' 9", 176 lbs, Senquez can be overmatched by big receivers 1 on 1.  One would think. But what I like about him is his athleticism and production in the SEC which he led with 10 INTs, 18 passes defended, 43 tackles with 3 for a loss.  They say he throws his body around and get this, reminds people of Brent Grimes. Yeah baby!

Fifth Round (from Den via Pitt): With the first of our three 5th Round picks I knew I was headed back to the offense in this Round.  There were a few players I liked but there was one I really didn't want to miss out on. Even though we have a 6' 5", 249 lbs TE in Jordan Cameron, he is susceptible to concussions and even though the 6' 4", 240 lbs Dion Sims has played well last year, I like this next pick very much. He is 6' 5", 240 lbs and has a frame able to add a few more pounds. From Rutgers, just a few miles down the road from me, comes the 130th Rated Player with the 135th pick, Tyler Kroft. Unfortunately for Kroft, he played with some very inconsistent QB play last season so his numbers don't reflect the potential. Two season ago, he posted 573 yards on 43 receptions and 5 TDs which led the AAC. He can line up outside and has very good hands and quickness to get up the seam. He does need to work on his inline blocking but he is a Red Zone threat.

Fifth Round:  With the 13th and 14th Picks of this Round, I decided to start working on the OL depth.  I targeted two versatile guys with the next two consecutive picks. One can play either C or OG and the other either OT or OG.  With the 141st Pick I grabbed the 173rd Rated Player in Shaquille Mason from Georgia Tech to compete at OG/C. Mason at 6' 2", 310 lbs, is a stalky, powerfully built dude with a mean streak. He's extremely quick off the ball and has 40 starts under his belt.  Mason is a short mauler in a phone booth and great in the run game. His shorter arms handicap him slightly in the passing game but he can add some cheap depth and work on his technique in the passing game.

Fifth Round: With our 3rd Pick in the 5th, I added the second OL guy with Alabama's Austin Sheperd.  At 6' 5", 315 lbs, Sheperd is ideally suited for a Zone Blocking scheme.  He started 2 years at Bama at RT but he can easily move inside to play OG in a heartbeat. I like that he is a very hard worker and is very coachable so he could very easily find a home as a swing lineman making the game day roster as the 7th Lineman. Sheperd is the 154th Rated Player I took with the 142nd Pick.

Sixth Round: Back to the Red Zone. We have 4 RBs on the roster and we all know Lamar Miller at 224 lbs, Damien Williams at 221 lbs,Mike Gillislee at 216 lbs and LaMichael James at 195 lbs have had enough troubles trying to get 1 yard let alone fighting through some bigger DLs at the goal line.
I really want to find the biggest possible dude here as there were still about 5 draftable RBs available.
So welcome with our final selection of the 2015 Draft at Pick # 175, the 186th Rated Player, Matt Jones from Florida. Jones comes in at 6' 1", 231 lbs and he can still put on more pounds. He already runs hard and when he stays low he is a beast to bring down. Scouts see him as a back who can improve his blocking and move over to Full Back in the NFL. I see him as a guy we hand the ball to in order to push the pile and get those tough yards inside the 3 Yard Line and turn 3 points into 6.

That's my Red Zone Edition. Offensively we added 6' 3" Kevin White, 6' 5" Tyler Kroft and 6' 1" Matt Jones to bring some size down in the Red Zone and hopefully get us into the Playoffs by converting more TDs than FGs.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Friday, March 20, 2015

Miami Dolphins Setting Up Roster For The Draft

After making big waves in the first week of Free Agency, the Miami Dolphins' front office has spent this week filling some holes in the depth chart and setting up for the draft.

By signing J.D. Walton and re-signing Matt Moore, Louis Delmas and LaMichael James, the Dolphins added depth at the interior line, quarterback, safety and running back without breaking the bank.

A bank that was running low on funds and truly couldn't afford another big contract.

We could probably spare a few million for WR Michael Crabtree if he is willing to sign for that amount.  That would add a veteran receiver to a young group of up and coming talent.

J.D. Walton, last years NY Giants starter, can back up Mike Pouncey at center. 

Or if the guard play doesn't pan out, Pouncey can go back to guard and Walton can start at center or maybe even visa versa.

The real benefit with this week's activity is that it frees up the Dolphins to not have to pigeon hole themselves into having to use that first round pick on any given position.

They can make some good choices now with that first round pick.

A First Rounder needs to be able to step into a starting role.

With Suh signed, we don't need to have to draft a DT.

With Stills signed, we don't need to have to draft a WR.

With the recently signed, we don't need to have to draft any one position now.

Granted we could use some LB help and some CB help.

At pick 14, the value for a LB may not warrant using that pick for who will be available such as Benardrick McKinney or even Vic Beasley, whose stock has plummeted recently.

The depth at CB in this draft is pretty darn good. So unless Trae Waynes is sitting there, I don't believe we have to pull that trigger at 14.

Now if WR Amari Cooper is still available at 14, we have to grab him.

Because like Waynes, Cooper can start immediately.

I believe the Dolphins are in a very good position now to draft the Best Available Player at 14.

Or better yet, trade back and not only get a 3rd Round Pick back, one we gave up for Stills, but also  get a quality player who can help us immediately.

I was thinking a bit about whether Brandon Albert will be healthy enough to start at LT in September.  I believe OT Andreas Peat will be available at 14.

But do we really want to use our First round Pick on an insurance policy.  I don't think so.

I think our Brain Trust, who has recently proven themselves worthy of the name Brain Trust, to make a move on Day 1 of this years draft. 

And they can thank this week for making that possible.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971


  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pats Lose Revis To Jets. Are They Moving In On Suh?

$20 Million saved by Pats by not resigning Revis. The Jets wound up paying $70 Million for a 5 year deal to bring back Revis.

The Dolphins have supposed to have agreed to terms with Suh for just under $20 Million per year.

The Pats need a DT as Wilfork was released.

As of this posting, the Dolphins have made no announcement on Suh's deal being a done deal.

You do the math.

Phins Up!!!

Or Upside Down.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971

Sunday, March 08, 2015

"Dolfans Aren't Booing, They're Suh-ing!"

I can hear the TV announcers now.

We now have the equivalent of Green Bay's Kuhn.

The noise level at SunLife Stadium just went up quite a few decibels.

Hell, just rename it "SuhLife" Stadium.

And the fans won't be the only ones "Suh-ing".

The D Line just got better as they now know they are one on one with an O Lineman.

I can hear them: "Suh!"

The Linebackers just got better at avoiding some blockers.

I can hear them: "Suh!"

The Secondary just got better by not having to cover their assignments for as long.

I can hear them: "Suh!"

Kevin Coyle just got better dialing up blitzes by not having to.

I can hear him: "Suh!"

The fans are gonna love it: "Suuuhhh!!"

The offense is gonna love having more opportunities and with better field position.

I can hear them too: "Suh!"

The whole damn City of Miami will be a "Suh-Fest!"

We just need the ink to dry.

Gonna be a stressful two days waiting for that.

Somebody leaked it and hopefully nobody tweaks it.

Nobody swoops in at $120,000,000. Or $135,000,000 to offset the taxes.

Tuesday will be "Suh-day!"

Can you say it?

Can you shout it?

"Suuuhhh!!"

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Suhfan since 3/8/2015

Suh going to Miami

Multiple reports including Chris Mortensen have reported that Miami will sign Suh on Tuesday. The report states that Suh will receive around $114 million for 6 years, and $60 million during the first 3 years. The Dolphins have once again gotten the biggest free agent available and this should make for a scary defensive line pairing him up with Wake. We might have overpaid but Suh was the most talented free agent and at only 28 years old, we get him during his prime. Bold move by Miami.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Suh-ing

This is a look at Suh's stats against the AFC East, every one of which the Lions played last season. They went 2-2, losing to the Pats and Bills.

1 fumble recovery, 1 offsides and 1 facemask.

13 tackles, 11 solo. Against the Dolphins - 4 tackles, 3 solo.

7 tackles were for loss, 3 against the Dolphins.

5 qb hits, 3 of them against the Dolphins.

Suh had 1 sack, yep... against the Dolphins.

It can be argued that the Pats, Bills and Jets had better offensive lines than the Dolphins, who had the NFL's 2nd-best rush yards per attempt offensive line. Yet, the Dolphins couldn't neutralize Suh.

I hadn't intended to go here, but it could also be looked at as Suh against Belichick, Ryan, Schwartz and Coyle.

Then, I checked out Suh against the NFL's 3 best offensive lines in rushing yards/att., negative pass plays allowed and third down conversions. In order, they were New Orleans, Green Bay and Dallas.

Suh faced the Packers twice:

9 tackles, 7 solo, 2 tackles for loss, 2 qb hits, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 offsides.

and New Orleans:

2 tackles, 1 solo, 1 qb hit, .5 sack, 1 pass defensed, 1 offsides.

Detroit split with the Packers and beat the Saints.















Thursday, March 05, 2015

7 Round Mock Draft For Dolphins' 2015 Picks (6th Edition If Dolphins Sign Suh)

If, and that's a big two letter word, the Dolphins do sign Free Agent DT Ndamukong Suh, I can see the following draft unfolding with their 2015 picks.

The Dolphins wound up tied with the 49ers at 8-8 but since the 49ers' opponents' winning percentage was higher than the Dolphins' opponents' winning percentage, we will pick 14th in all the odd rounds and the 49ers will pick 14th in all the even rounds in this years NFL Draft.  We also get the 49ers' 7th Round pick for the Jonathan Martin fiasco.

I am utilizing a Computer App to make the selections for the 31 other teams in the draft.  Unfortunately, I do not have the time to list all the available players when we pick nor all the picks in this draft.

The 5th Edition was posted on February 20th and since the NFL Combine many players' values have either risen or fallen due to their performance at the Combine.  This draft takes into consideration those values and ratings of players at each position.  As in the previous two drafts, I have taken
a couple trades in order to pick up 3 additional picks in the second day of the draft.

First Round Pick # 14: Still on the board were OT Andreas Peat, ILB Benardrick McKinney, WR Doriel Green-Beckham, DT Eddie Goldman, SS Landon Collins, OLB Vic Beasley, CB Trae Waynes, and WR Devante Parker. The KC Chiefs, one of 3 potential trade partners, offered me their 1st #18, 2nd #17 and 3rd #16 to move up.  I accepted the trade and KC picked Andreas Peat.

First Round Pick # 18 (From KC): Still on the board were McKinney, Green-Beckham, Goldman, Beasley and Collins.  Any of which, excluding Goldman, could help us.  I know starring at the 6th overall rated player in OLB Vic Beasley seems like an easy decision.  However, the more I look at Beasley, the more I see Dion Jordan.  A super quick athletic player with no true position in our scheme. If we ran a 3-4 Defense then I could see adding Beasley opposite Jordan at OLB. But since we don't, and with some very good WRs still available, I accepted another trade offer from the Eagles, who gave us their 1st #20 and 2nd #20.

First Round Pick #20 (From Phila,): Collins was picked at 19. So I could still take either Beasley, Green-Beckham or McKinney, who all could help fill needs. However, there was one guy rated just above this pick at 22.  He would fill a need and is a very safe pick as well. So welcome the WR out of Arizona State, Jaelen Strong.  Strong is aptly named as he is a physical player with the strength to back it up and will be not only a good possession style receiver but because of his leaping ability a tremendous Red Zone target at 6-2, 217 lbs. At the Combine, he ran the 40 in 4.44 and posted a vertical leap of 42 Inches (that's 3.5 feet straight up, standing still).  He also shows a dedicated work ethic and reminds many of Marques Colston. He will be a matchup nightmare with his size and physicality.

Second Round # 15: Since we would have Suh, tying up two blockers inside and still reeking havoc, I decided to grab a tackling machine to play ILB. With the 47th pick, welcome the 37th Rated Player from UCLA, Eric Kendricks.  At 6-0, 232 lbs, Kendrick pacts a wallop and even though he missed two games he still made 106 tackles.  He has the speed and instincts to remind many of Zach Thomas playing behind Tim Bowens.

Second Round # 17 (from KC): What luck! The 29th Rated Player that also fills a need in playing opposite Brent Grimes at CB.  Happily, I selected Kevin Johnson out of Wake Forest.  At 6-0, 188 lbs, Johnson possesses natural NFL coverage skills.  He can play man or zone and even though he won't blow you away with his open field tackling skills, not that many guys get open against him anyway.  Johnson started 41 games without injury and was a 4 year All Conference Selection.

Second Round #20 (from Phila.): I was a little disappointed when Tre' Jackson, OG from Florida State was picked right in front of us here, I was going to reach a bit for him to solidify the OL.  But I was happy to grab OT Ty Sambrailo from Colorado State. Of the remaining top rated OTs on the board, he had the quickest feet.  At 6-6, 311 lbs, he does need some strength building and will probably need a good year in a NFL Strength and Conditioning Program but he will indeed be a NFL Caliber LT. And he could start right away in a pinch for Brandon Albert.  He started all 4 years in college and even played some RT and both Guard spots too. He plays hard from the snap to the whistle and throws his body around as if it is his last play.  Isn't that what we want from all our players?

Third Round # 14: Time to compliment Lamar Miller at RB.  He brings some lightning so lets find a little thunder.  With the 78th Pick, I selected the 66th Rated Player in RB out of, you heard this right, Northern Iowa, David Johnson. At 6-1, 224 lbs, Johnson looks like a Linebacker with his stout and muscular build.  And he runs hard inside and should be able to pick up those tough short yardage situations we have been lacking success in. Not only does he run hard, but Johnson also catches the ball very well so he can be a threat out of the backfield torching linebackers trying to stay with his 4.5 speed.

Third Round # 16 (from KC): Back to the defense and our secondary.  I keep finding some gems in this draft, as the 75th Rated Player is still available with the 80th pick.  That's not so much the deal as it is to fill a need in selecting FS Derron Smith from Fresno State. He is the 2nd Rated Player at FS, so their isn't a whole lot of quality depth at this position in this draft. Smith has great ball skills and good quickness to break on the ball.  At 5-10, 200 lbs, he makes up for his diminutive size with tremendous leaping ability. He will need to get into the weight room to get better at shedding blockers but he can certainly play in the NFL and add depth if not earn a starting position.

Fourth Round # 15: You might be wondering "What the hell was he thinking?" when you read this.  With the 111th pick, I selected straight out of Hobart and William Smith College, OG Ali Marpet.
Look he is the 80th Rated Player even though you probably never heard of his school. At 6-4, 307 lbs, Marpet is also the 4th Rated OG in this year's draft as he runs the 40 in 4.98 seconds and leaps 30.5 inches. All I need to say is Marpet eats glass for a living and gets his money's worth every snap.  He will remind many of a poor man's Zach Martin and he also will earn his living at the OG position despite playing tackle.  And BTW, he handled many of the DL he faced at the Senior Bowl.    

Fifth Round # 14: If I seem to be zig-zagging, maybe I am.  Because its back to the defense with the 142nd pick, I grabbed the 116th Rated Player in Texas OLB Jordan Hicks. At 6-1,236 lbs, he may not possess all the intangibles to start right away in the NFL, but making 138 tackles gets noticed.  His Sophomore and Junior seasons were cut short by injury so he really only played in 19 games however he is a very sure open field tackler and where he can earn a living is on special teams.

Sixth Round # 15: Ok. This is a reach. Not a big one this late in the game but we may need to look at the QB position. With the 175th pick, welcome the 186th Rated Player, direct from Oregon State, QB Sean Mannion!  Look at the numbers: 6-6, 229 lbs, Pac 12 Record 4,662 Yards and a School Record 37 TDs.  He has the arm strength to make all the NFL throws including touch on the long ball.  He played in a Pro-Style Offense. So what gives?? He feels the pressure and doesn't have the foot speed to move out of it but backs up away from it instead of stepping up and taking the hit while delivering the ball with some zip on it.  If he can be coached out of that, he could become another AFC East QB taken in the 6th Round. If only!

Seventh Round # 14: Wow, I am staying with the Offense. At Pick # 206, lets add some depth at TE with the 190th Rated Player, out of South Alabama, Wes Saxton. At 6-3, 248 lbs, he has the quickness to be a legit matchup nightmare.  He runs the 40 in 4.65 and leaps 36 inches. But to start in NFL, he needs to add more bulk. He is very athletic, that's clear.  And that may keep him on the practice squad.

Seventh Round # 15 (from 49ers): Back to the Defense and the Linebacker Corps.  I was thinking about drafting DT Tyeler Davison, who is Rated # 247 with this 207th Pick to come in and compete at DT but the 164 Rated Player was still on the board.  With our last pick of the 2015 Draft, welcome ILB Bryce Hager. He is not a big hitter, he does not possess tremendous strength nor speed nor size at 6-1, 234 lbs for a ILB. So why the hell am I picking him? He is hyper active and smart! His father played nine years in the NFL. He made 114 Tackles, 76 solo, 12 for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 INT.  He is always around the ball.  You look at him and wonder "How the hell is this guy on the field?" Well, try to get him off it.  But will he make the team?

So that's my 6th Edition assuming we sign Ndamukong Suh.  If so, we don't have to worry about the DT position and look how things opened up for us.  Signing him may cost us some money but because of the depth at some positions of need we can add a wealth of early draft picks instead of saving cap space.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
    

Did Patriots Release Vince Wolfork Just To Pursuit Ndamukong Suh?

By releasing Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork, the Patriots just got under the $142,000,000 Salary Cap.  So there is still plenty of maneuvering needed if they want to be players for DT Ndamukong Suh.

Suh will command upwards of $18-20 Million per year against any teams' Salary Cap. For the Pats to get in play they will have to find another $20 Million in Cap Space and that takes a lot of restructuring contracts or cutting some expensive vets.

Plus they still need to save about $6 Million for their 2015 Draft Class contracts.

What I see is the Patriots positioning themselves to instead go after a rookie to replace Wilfork.

I can see them looking to draft with their 32nd pick either Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma or Eddie Goldman of Florida State.

Both are 330 lbs can play inside in the Pats 3-4 scheme.

That's if both are still available at 31 so that they will get one or the other.

If one of them goes earlier than 31, the Pats will have to rethink their positioning and possibly have to trade up to grab the remainder of the two.

One other player they may covet is 6-5, 320 lbs DT Carl Davis out of Iowa. He possesses an excellent blend of size and athleticism.  As the 48th rated player in this year's draft class, the Pats may feel he will be available at 32 anyway.

The Pats may even be able to trade back a little and still get him.    

Or will the Pats uncharacteristically make a big splash and way move up in the draft in order to snag the 340 lbs DT out of Washington, Danny Shelton?

No matter their plan, I just don't see the Pats being able to sign Suh, but by at least having him in for visit, they could make it more expensive for whomever does sign him.

And that may be part of their plan as well.

Phins Up!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
   

Friday, February 27, 2015

Well Somebody Is Going To Have To Catch The Ball

But who?

Goodbye Brian Hartline.

Auf Wiedersehen Brandon Gibson.

Adios Mike Wallace?

We are waving goodbye to almost all of our entire Wide Receiver Corps.

Maybe that's why they call it "waivers".

Is last year's draft pick, Matt Hazel, ready to actually play?

Is Rishard Matthews ready to step into a starting role?

How about Michael Preston or Tyler McDonald, who signed futures contracts?

Can Jarvis Landry make every catch?

Holy shit! We are thin at Wide Receiver.

Suddenly we are in Sudden Death at finding guys to run down field and haul in passes.

I hope Dennis Hickey has a plan.

I truly do. 

Could you imagine trying to explain why Ryan Tannehill hasn't progressed in 2015 without having had adequate receivers around him.

I guess Charles Clay could catch a bunch of balls thrown his way.

Wait! He's a Unrestricted Free Agent.

Clay can't even walk into the team complex let alone run some patterns.

Well that's not good.

Ok.  Deep breathe.  Exhale.

No need for a brown bag now.

There is plenty of time to find a few good guys out there. 

Even some time to get them in and learn a new system and all nuances that come with it.

Screw this crap.  Give me the damn bag!

Put some sort of hallucinogens in it.

Now breathe deep!

Ok. Feeling much better.

As my best friend used to say when my fantasy receivers got hurt "Somebody is going to catch the ball."

I guess he is right. 

Just who?

Phins Up!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971


Brian Hartline released, what to make of the Dolphins WR group now

The Dolphins have released Brian Hartline to save $3.15 million against the cap. This comes a couple of days after a report stated that the Dolphins are looking to trade Mike Wallace. Hairline's production dipped in part to the increased role of Landry as the safety target, something that Hartline had been known for the last few seasons.

The question now arrises what the Dolphins do next. From how the season ended and from recent reports I would have to guess that we have seen the last of Wallace in a Dolphins uniform. This would free up a lot of cap space especially since last season the Dolphins had the highest paid wide receiver group in the NFL. And then there is the question on what happens to Gibson next. He has had trouble staying on the field and he could also be released to free up even more cap.

We would have to wait to see which of the free agent wide outs will be resigned and which ones will be available. I would also expect us to draft a wide out in the first three rounds if we do not make a big splash in free agency. In a season in which we want to see Tannehill progress, possibly not having 3 of the top targets from last season wouldn't help. But who knows maybe Hartline was released because Wallace worked everything out with the coaches.

UPDATE: Brandon Gibson has been released as well. Total this saves 6.4 million in cap space