By this time most rosters are set, ready to start putting in the work and evaluating, to allow the strongest performers separate themselves as starters before the upcoming season.
This offseason for the Miami Dolphins has been a very quiet yet efficient offseason. There are however a few “What If” scenarios that could change the landscape of the upcoming position battles, and make an impact on the 2016 season both in a positive and negative way.
- WHAT IF DION JORDAN IS REINSTATED AND REALIZES HIS POTENTIAL -
Coming out of college, Dion Jordan was billed as a game changer, day 1 contributor, gifted with elite traits that set him far apart from his peers in the 2013 NFL Draft. So much so that then Miami GM Jeff Ireland traded up to select him at number 3. While he has only recorded 3 career NFL sacks, his skill and upside still remains. Many have argued that his time on the field was plagued by the Philbin/Coyle era playing him out of his natural position of OLB. This Dolphins revamped coaching staff, who’s strength is aomplifying talent and scheming players into advantageous positions will enjoy maximizing Dion’s skillset. If reinstated Jordan will be welcomed into a locker room that includes his former college roommate Kiko Alonso and consummate professionals like Mario Williams, Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh who can provide him with the blue print to a successful stint in the NFL.
- WHAT IF MIAMI SIGNS Arian Foster-
While the Dolphins have faith in Jay Ajayi and the potential he brings to the table, the facts are the facts. The running backs on this roster have posted a career 11 TDs, 10 of which have come from oft injured on again off again Dolphin Daniel Thomas. Arian Foster has had three seasons of 10 or more Touchdowns. Coming off a serious Achilles injury I don’t believe Foster would come in and be a bell cow 1,000 plus yard rusher for us but he can be a significant contributor in a rotation style backfield and a strong veteran leader in a Running Backs room full of young talented backs.
- WHAT IF RESHAD JONES’ HOLDOUT EXTENDS INTO THE SEASON -
Reshad Jones is looking to rework his deal in Miami, his holdout is in its infancy as he hasn’t really missed anything mandatory… YET. Reshad has become one of the pillars of this Dolphins defense, a pro bowl snub, Jones was 2nd in the NFL in total tackles with 106, tallied 6 turnovers 2 in which were Touchdowns and added 2 sacks for an underwhelming 2016 Miami Dolphins team. Whether you agree or disagree that a man that is due to make $8 million dollars a year, with incentives, over the next two years is just in holding out. The fact of the matter remains that the dropoff from Reshad Jones to whomever would try to step up to fill his void would be significant.