Take a look at the Miami Dolphins roster heading into OTA's and the summer.
What do you notice?
The team, at virtually every position on the field, has a nice balance of veterans and rookies/sophomores. The offensive line has Ja'Wuan James entering his 4th season, sophomore Laremy Tunsil making the switch back to his natural LT position, and talented veteran Mike Pouncey entering his 7th season. On either side of Pouncey we could see a mix between rookie and veteran, with Isaac Asiata and Jermon Bushrod pushing for the two guard spots. A nice mix of young and old.
At RB, Jay Ajayi enters his third NFL season and 2nd as the offensive workhorse, and will continue to mentor alongisde Damien Williams, who is entering his 4th season. They will be in charge in assisting Kenyan Drake in becoming more consistent in his second season.
Wide receiver is one of the team's younger position, with Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry both entering their 5th and 4th NFL seasons, respectively. They will accompany DeVante Parker, who is entering his third season and poised for a breakout role, according to OC Clyde Christensen.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins have gotten significantly younger at every position except safety. They bring in Charles Harris, Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor to join veterans Cameron Wake, Andre Branch and Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line. There are no two better mentors in the NFL than Suh and Wake at their positions, and these guys will demand the most out of these rookies right away to get them up to speed.
What does this blend of age and youth mean for the Miami Dolphins? It means Adam Gase knows exactly what he is doing in terms of player development. Having a good range of age translates into less of a burden on the coaching staff to bring players up to what is the NFL standard. Rookies with experienced veterans to look up to learn the playbook faster, adapt quicker to NFL speed and subtle things like audibles, and pick up on little details that can make the difference in a close game.
Adam Gase, in addition to building the best coaching staff Miami has seen since the days of Don Shula, has instilled a no-nonsense, next man up philosophy that is only supported by having rookies who can immediately learn from veterans. While Gase has stated the best player will play, having veterans there to help coach up younger players means that the younger players will be more ready and more capable to step in sooner, should they need to.