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Miami Dolphins 2017 Off Season: Most Improved Position

Eric Roddy looks at the Miami Dolphins offense, and identifies the position group that has improved the most this off season.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Miami Dolphins can only expect to get better as they get healthier. Mike Pouncey will be back in 2017, and keeping him healthy will prove crucial to the Dolphins cause. Having him back in the starting five offensive linemen will bring continuity and should help the offensive take the next step. 

Who he will play next to, on both sides of the ball, remains to be seen. I think the two starting guards will be a combination between Kraig UrbikJermon Bushrod, rookie Isaac Asiata and Ted Larsen.

For me, however, the offensive line is not the most improved position group on offense. Technically, a case could be made for WR, as the Dolphins have added the talented Isaiah Ford and re-signed Kenny Stills.

Seeing that the core of the WR is still intact from last year, the most improved position group in my eyes this off season is tight end. 

Losing Dion Sims to the Chicago Bears definitely hurt, as Sims was the Dolphins best two-way TE. He was a great run blocker, and was beginning to come into his own in the passing game. 

That being said, I think the Dolphins swapped Sims for two players who are better at their respective skills than Sims was. I am of course talking about long time Dolphins Anthony Fasano, who will play once more in Miami after playing the past few seasons for the Tennessee Titans. Fasano graded out as number 1 in run blocking for non offensive linemen last season, and brings that expertise to the Dolphins once again. 

Joining him is pass-catching monster Julius Thomas, who knows Adam Gase and this offense all too well from his days spent under Gase with the Denver Broncos. Thomas knows how to produce better than almost any TE in the league when healthy. He had consecutive 12 TD seasons in 2013 and 2014 under Gase. If he can stay healthy, which of course is a big if, he will be the missing piece this offense has been missing for some time. 

Pairing the savvy run blocker Fasano with the matchup nightmare Thomas gives the Dolphins the perfect one-two punch at TE. Flying under the radar also is MarQueis Gray, who the Dolphins re-signed to a two-year contract this off season. Gray really showed improvement last season both as a blocker and a pass-catcher, making numerous plays down field for the Dolphins. 

The Dolphins have made great improvements in key areas at the TE position, and if all three players can stay healthy, I think they could be the most underrated part of a potent Dolphins offense in 2017.

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