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The Miami Dolphins head into 2015 with a talented roster and are hoping it’s good enough to get them to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Let’s take a look at the Dolphins offseason and how things shape up heading into the new season.
Key Player Losses: Brian Hartline and Charles Clay both leave for other AFC teams, as Hartline was slowly becoming a non factor at wide receiver and Clay simply wasn’t worth the money the Buffalo Bills were offering. They both combined for over 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season. Mike Wallace was also traded to the Minnesota Vikings, but he also wasn’t worth his balloon contract. The Dolphins defense pretty much remains intact besides the retirement of No. 2 cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who spent a chunk of last season banged up anyway. The Dolphins didn’t lose much this offseason unless you want to count Clay’s versatility.
Key Player Additions: There was no bigger signing this offseason than the Dolphins landing Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh is the best player at his position and is going to make life a lot easier for Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. Offensively, the Dolphins gave Ryan Tannehill a lot of new weapons, including wide receiver Kenny Stills from New Orleans and tight end Jordan Cameron from Cleveland. Both are athletic guys and will pair well with a promising receiver in Jarvis Landry.
Draft: The Dolphins added to their offense with their first-round pick with the addition of DeVante Parker, who looks a lot like A.J. Green when you turn on the film. Jordan Phillips is an interesting defensive tackle if he can stay healthy, and Bobby McCain is a ball hawking cornerback who had 12 interceptions at Memphis. Running back Jay Ajayi was the steal of the draft in the fifth round, as he was a second day pick if he didn’t have concerning knee issues.
2015 Outlook: With the additions made to a team that was close to making the playoffs last season, there’s no reason why the Miami Dolphins shouldn’t reach the postseason this year. Tannehill has more weapons than he’s ever had, and the Dolphins defense should reach another level with the addition of Suh. On paper, the Dolphins should have their best season since reaching the playoffs seven seasons ago.
Miami Dolphins 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 at Washington Redskins, 1
Sept. 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05
Sept. 27 Buffalo Bills, 4:25
Oct. 4 New York Jets (London), 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 11 BYE
Oct. 18 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Oct. 25 Houston Texans, 1
Oct. 29 at New England Patriots (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 8 at Buffalo Bills, 1
Nov. 15 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Nov. 22 Dallas Cowboys, 1
Nov. 29 at New York Jets, 1
Dec. 6 Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 14 New York Giants (Mon), 8:30
Dec. 20 at San Diego Chargers, 4:25
Dec. 27 Indianapolis Colts, 1
Jan. 3 New England Patriots, 1