It lastly feels just like the Miami Dolphins are getting into a brand new period. At the start of final 12 months, it felt like Brian Flores’ squad was placing collectively essentially the most egregious tank in NFL historical past. They had been outscored 102-10 within the first two weeks because the protection could not cease anyone and Miami additionally could not resolve on a beginning quarterback. They did get it collectively because the season went on, nevertheless, and even ended the 12 months with two straight wins, together with one towards their rival Patriots in New England. Miami completed the 2019 season with a 5-11 file, and what they completed this offseason has followers excited for the long run.

The Dolphins entered free company with essentially the most out there money, they usually weren’t shy about spreading it round. They scored strong additions to the protection in Byron Jones, Kyle Van Noy and Shaq Lawson, and even bolstered the offensive line by signing Ereck Flowers and Ted Karras — each of who will possible begin for Miami within the season opener. The Dolphins additionally acquired expertise through commerce and within the 2020 NFL Draft. Miami acquired former San Francisco 49ers working again Matt Breida in change for a fifth-round decide after which in fact chosen their quarterback of the long run in Tua Tagovailoa with the No. 5 general decide.

Issues are trying up for the Dolphins, however what precisely ought to we anticipate out of them in 2020? With the AFC East up for grabs, have they got an opportunity at successful the division? Ought to we anticipate a successful file, or perhaps only a marketing campaign that was higher than final 12 months’s? Under, we’ll study three daring takes for the Dolphins in 2020.

1. Miami’s run recreation makes an enormous soar

The Dolphins had the worst speeding offense within the NFL final 12 months, as they averaged simply 72.3 yards per recreation. A part of this needed to do with the truth that Miami was at all times down in video games and needed to resort to passing the ball, however in addition they did not have a lot expertise within the backfield. The Dolphins’ main rusher was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who rushed 54 occasions for 243 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. Mark Walton, who performed in simply seven video games earlier than working into authorized points, completed second with 201 yards, and Kenyan Drake, who performed in simply six video games earlier than being traded away, completed third with 174 yards. The one participant to play in all 16 video games and file a speeding try for the Dolphins final 12 months was punter Matt Haack.

Now, the Dolphins have Jordan Howard, who rushed for 525 yards and 6 touchdowns in 10 video games final season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and Breida, who’s a dual-threat weapons as a runner and receiver. Whereas these two determine to steer the speeding assault, Miami additionally picked up an intriguing weapon in Malcolm Perry, who performed quarterback at Navy. Perry could have performed the place of “quarterback,” however he made most of his affect on the bottom. In 4 years, Perry racked up 4,359 speeding yards and 40 touchdowns whereas averaging 7.1 yards per carry. He recorded 2,017 speeding yards throughout his senior season, which was essentially the most speeding yards any quarterback recorded in 2019. Perry may find yourself taking part in extra large receiver than working again with the Dolphins, however he is nonetheless somebody I anticipate to make some form of affect within the run recreation.

This unit as an entire will common over 100 speeding yards per recreation in 2020 (11 groups failed to take action final 12 months), and it may be one thing that can assist Tagovailoa in his transition to the following stage and assist the Dolphins normally. 

2. Tua Tagovailoa wins Offensive Rookie of the Yr

Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow stole the hype Tagovailoa was imagined to have coming into the NFL, but it surely was properly deserved. Burrow accomplished 76.3 p.c of his passes for five,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and simply six interceptions in 2019, received the Heisman Trophy in addition to the faculty soccer nationwide championship — the proper finish to an ideal season. Tagovailoa, then again, suffered a severe hip damage that lower his remaining season at Alabama brief, and in the end induced him to fall down draft boards. 

Sure, Burrow did put collectively the very best season a school quarterback has ever had, but it surely was only one season. Tagovailoa has had success throughout a number of seasons. He completed his junior season because the Crimson Tide’s profession landing duty chief with 96. His 87 landing passes moved him previous AJ McCarron for essentially the most thrown in program historical past, and he completed third in Alabama historical past with 7,442 passing yards. Tagovailoa entered faculty soccer as a winner, as he changed Jalen Hurts at halftime as a real freshman throughout the 2018 School Soccer Nationwide Championship recreation, and helped the Tide rally from a 13-0 deficit to win 26-23 in additional time. 

I am not right here to argue that Tagovailoa is significantly better than Burrow, however I do consider he comes into the NFL higher set as much as have quick success. The Cincinnati Bengals had been the worst crew within the NFL final 12 months and need to play within the very robust AFC North. Tagovailoa comes into the NFL with a greater coach in a neater division and arguably has a greater protection to assist him out. My daring prediction is that Tagovailoa is available in, wins the beginning job and secures Offensive Rookie of the Yr over the likes of Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and all of the gifted wideouts this rookie class possesses. 

3. Dolphins make the postseason 

Earlier this week, my colleague John Breech ranked the NFL groups which are most definitely to go from worst-to-first in 2020, and he really has the Dolphins at No. 1. He is excited in regards to the new additions and the teaching workers similar to I’m, plus he introduced up an fascinating enjoyable reality that’s positive to get you considering:

“Over the previous 17 years, just one crew not named New England has received an AFC East title, and that was the Dolphins in 2008. In fact, we’re noting that right here, as a result of it concerned a worst-to-first scenario. After going 1-15 in 2007, the Dolphins ran wild over everybody in 2008 by implementing a Wildcat offense that they ended up driving to a 11-5 file and a division title.”

The Dolphins have pulled off worst-to-first earlier than, they usually can do it once more. I do not know if I am assured in saying that Miami will certainly win the AFC East, however with the NFL having added one other wild-card spot, I am going to go forward and have one among my daring predictions be that Miami makes the postseason. If the three-team wildcard situation was in play final 12 months, the 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers would have made the postseason. I feel {that a} .500 file will not be sufficient to earn a playoff spot in 2020, however the Dolphins are able to placing collectively a successful season and stunning everybody by making the playoffs for the primary time since 2016. 

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