With training camp a week away and excitement brewing with new coach Brian Flores its time to break down the Dolphins roster.
Quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen, Jake Rudock
Fitzpatrick and Rosen are going to be battling for the starting job all camp long, with Fitzpatrick having the upper-hand going in. Rudock faces an uphill battle as Flores and new offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea come from New England who usually only carries two quarterbacks on the roster.
Running Backs: Kalen Ballage, Kenyan Drake, Kenneth Farrow, Myles Gaskin, Patrick Laird, Mark Walton
Kenyan Drake will be the lead back the question is how many touches can Ballage steal from him. Gaskin Walton and AAF standout Farrow will all be competing for the 3rd running back position. Laird is seemingly a camp body whose only hope of making the team is by performing well on special teams.
Fullback: Chandler Cox
Cox is the only fullback on the roster so if Flores does choose to carry a fullback Cox will most likely make the team.
Wide Receivers: Brice Butler, Isaiah Ford, Jakeem Grant, Reece Horn, Trenton Irwin, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Preston Willams, Albert Wilson
Wilson, Grant, Parker, and Stills all have their spots locked up leaving only two roster spots open at the position. Williams was a standout during OTAs and minicamp quickly become a fan favorite and the favorite to grab the 5th spot. Brice Butler and Ford would be the most likely options to grab the final spot leaving Horn and Irwin out of luck.
Tight Ends: Dwayne Allen, Mike Gesicki, Chris Myarick, Nick O’Leary, Durham Smythe, Clive Walford
Allen and Gesicki are certain to make the team, however, the others don’t have that luxury. O’Leary, Smythe, and Walford all have a decent chance to grab a roster spot, while Myarick has a tough road to earning a spot.
Centers: Ryan Anderson, Daniel Kilgore, Kyle Fuller
The veteran Kilgore is penciled in as the starter which leaves Anderson and Fuller in a position battle for the backup role.
Guards: Tony Allen, Shaun Calhoun, Jesse Davis, Michael Deiter, Chris Reed, Michael Dunn
Davis and Deiter are the favorites to win the starting jobs but the backup roles are up for grabs and anyone can take them.
Tackles: Jaryd Jones-Smith, Jordan Mills, Aaron Monteiro, Isaiah Prince, Zach Sterup, Laremy Tunsil
Tunsil is the only player with a starting role locked up. Expect Prince, Mills, and Sterup to be the frontrunners for the other starting role and for roster spots.
Defensive Ends: Charles Harris, Dewayne Hendrix, Jonathon Ledbetter, Jonathon Woodard, Tank Carradine
It remains to be seen if Flores chooses a 4-3, 3-4, or possibly a hybrid scheme. Despite what Flores chooses expect Harris and Woodard to be the biggest contributors and the others to be fringe roster players.
Defensive Tackles: Davon Godchaux, Joey Mbu, Kendrick Norton, Jamiyus Pittman, Durval Queiroz, Akeem Spence, Vincent Taylor, Cory Thomas, Adolphus Washington, Christian Wilkins
Kendrick Norton’s playing career has unfortunately been cut short due to his arm having to be amputated as a result of a car crash. The other tackles must go on however and Godchaux, Spence, Taylor, and Wilkins are more than likely going to make the team. One player to watch out for is Durval Querioz a Brazilian born player that was playing professionally in Brazil before being signed by the Dolphins.
Outside Linebackers: Chase Allen, Kiko Alonso, Jerome Baker, Andre Van Ginkel, Jayrone Elliot, Tyrone Holmes, Nate Orchard, Quentin Poling, Tre Watson
Not much competition at this position expect Orchard, Alonso, Baker, and Van GIkel to make the team with Alonso and Baker being the starters. Allen has the best case of the rest to make the teams for depth and special teams purposes.
Middle Linebackers: Raekwon McMillan, Terrill Hanks, Mike Hull, Sam Eguaveon
McMillan will be the starter and Mike Hull will be the backup, Hanks and Eguaveon are players that will have to shine on special teams to make the roster.
Cornerbacks: Jalen Davis, Montre Hartage, Xavien Howard, Bobby McCain, Torry McTyler, Eric Rowe, Jamar Summers, Cordrea Tankersley, Jomal Wiltz, Cornell Armstrong, Nik Needham, Minkah Fitzpatrick
Howard, Fitzpatrick, and McCain are the starters but their are other spots up for grabs. Others to look out for are Eric Rowe, Jamar Summers, Torry McTyler, and Cordrea Tankersly.
Safeties: Walt Aikens, Chris Lammons, Maurice Smith, Reshad Jones, T.J. McDonald
Jones and McDonald will most likely start, expect Fitzpatrick to also get some time at safety. Aikens has been a staple in the locker room and on special teams expect him to be safe as well. The other safeties on the team aren’t as lucky.
Kickers: Jason Sanders
Barring an injury or a string of terrible play Jason Sanders will be the Dolphins starting kicker.
Punters: Matt Haack and Stone Wilson
Haack is the returning starter and its his job to lose.
Long Snappers: John Denney and Wes Famsworth
Denney has been the Dolphins long snapper since 2005 and no reason to think why it would change now.