Miami Dolphins: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 1
Five Players That Will Shine in Week 1 for the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins head into the 2013 season with the highest expectations they have had in almost a decade. Even after the year they made the playoffs, there were very few people who expected them to do it again. They spent a lot of money this offseason signing high-profile players at positions of need. They said goodbye to some of their top players like Reggie Bush, Jake Long, Karlos Dansby, Sean Smith and Anthony Fasano. They signed Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller, Dannell Ellerbe, Phillip Wheeler, Brent Grimes and Tyson Clabo to replace those guys.
The hope is with the addition of those players and the development of young players like Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, Dion Jordan, Jonathan Martin and Olivier Vernon, the Dolphins can overtake the New England Patriots and become a perennial powerhouse in the AFC East. The first five weeks of the season will be very difficult, but will tell a lot about whether or not this process is working. After Week 1 at the Cleveland Browns, they travel to the Indianapolis Colts, open at home against the Atlanta Falcons, play Monday Night against the New Orleans Saints and then host the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens before their bye week.
A lot of people are predicting the Miami Dolphins to go 1-4 or 2-3 in their first five, but if they are a legitimate playoff contender, they should be able to play with any team in the NFL. If they can't beat or even stay close to those teams, then making the playoffs is just a formality before running into them again and being overmatched. Before you can worry about the weeks 2-5 schedule, you have to hope you can get by Cleveland on Sunday. These are the five players I expect to have the biggest impact in a Dolphins victory.
5. Cameron Wake
One of the best defensive ends in the NFL, Wake likely will not be matched up against Joe Thomas and should be able to get to the QB a few times.
4. Ryan Tannehill
He now has the weapons he needs and will be playing against an average Cleveland secondary. The loss of Keller may set him back in the red zone, but he should be able to move the ball down the field with ease.
3. Jared Odrick
He's finally playing the right position and will be able to create pressure from the inside as a defensive tackle.
2. Lamar Miller
Taking over for Reggie Bush, Lamar Miller will be a weapon out of the backfield as a runner and a receiver. He might not score a touchdown, but he should break 100 yards and open up the passing game for Tannehill.
1. Brent Grimes
The Dolphins haven't had a corner that can make plays since Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain. The Browns don't have a big playmaker at receiver, so I expect Grimes to dominate in his first game as a Dolphin.