Which Positions Do the Dolphins Need to Improve Ahead of the 2022 Season?
By Space Coast Daily // May 10, 2022
The Dolphins’ aggression in this NFL off-season has been remarkable and a clear demonstration of the front office’s desire to turn the team from a middle-of-the-pack runner to a potential champion. The acquisition via trade of jet-heeled wide receiver Tyreek Hill is a statement that the club wants to win now.
That move somewhat eclipsed a signing that most fans had been waiting on since free agency opened, with Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead arriving to shore up the club’s leaky offensive line.
With these moves, and a well-received tilt at the Draft last weekend despite the trading away of multiple picks to secure Hill, keen Dolfans may be minded to check out www.casinos8888.com and similar sites to see what odds are available for a Super Bowl tilt, or at least an overdue postseason run for the Fins.
However, it’s less than a year since Miami lost seven of their first eight games of the 2021 season, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. So let’s look at a few of the bricks currently missing from the ideal finished product in Miami-Dade…
The Dolphins have appointed Mike McDaniel as HC, which means they’re going to be running a wide-zone offense in 2022. For that to be effective, a reliable and mobile center is essential. Early whisperings from the club’s OTAs are that Connar Williams, acquired from Dalls in free agency, has been lining up at center instead of his preferred position at guard.
That news won’t thrill anyone with Dolphins sympathies, and if they can add a more tested option before preseason kicks off, they probably should. JC Tretter, who played his part on an improving Cleveland Browns side last season, would be a worthwhile option.
This inclusion might make some people glance skeptically, given the addition of Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and a pair of fullbacks in FA, followed by the inking of Zaquondre White as an undrafted free agent.
However, let’s remember the season the Dolphins just had, during which Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and others went down with injuries or failed Covid tests leaving the team very thin at this position. Now let’s also remember that McDaniel likes to spread carries around. To do that efficiently, he may need more legs in the RB position, especially knowing Mostert’s injury history.
Yes, Armstead was added in free agency, as was Williams. Those are two players who should (and in Armstead’s case, will) represent improvements over the 2021 Dolphins O-line. The inconvenient truth here is that that still leaves three spots on the line that need to be much better than they were last season, because nobody on that line was good enough.
A full season of play and an off-season with McDaniel’s coaching staff may mean the incumbents are looking a lot better by September, but that’s not a chance anyone should be willing to take. With the line going unaddressed in the draft, any help would be welcome.