By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on May 20, 2014
The Miami Dolphins made several additions to the offense this offseason through free agency and the NFL Draft. Though not all of these players may make the 2014 roster by the time the regular season begins in September, each of these players have something to offer to the Dolphins. Here is how these five players will impact the Dolphins' 2014 season.
Matt Hazel was one of two receivers drafted by the Dolphins last week when Miami selected him with a sixth round pick. Hazel is an interesting prospect because he comes from a small FCS school, but he has a chance of making the Dolphins' roster. Hazel could either contribute to the Dolphins as a fourth or fifth receiver in 2014 or be cut and re-signed to the practice squad.
Damian Williams is one of those guys who might not even be on the roster come the season opener. However, he is a four-year veteran who will push the current receivers on the roster. With the draft selection of Jarvis Landry, it appears even more unlikely that Williams makes the roster. However, he does have experience as a returner. If Williams proves to be a formidable returner, he could surprisingly make the roster.
The Dolphins selected tight end Arthur Lynch in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. It was the third consecutive year that the Dolphins had selected a tight end in the draft. Lynch is a complete tight end, rather than specializing in the receiving department. He caught just 30 passes in 2013 and was still named to the first-team All-SEC team. Lynch will be used in the short receiving game, blocking situations and on special teams.
This is the third wide receiver on this list, which goes to show how the Dolphins felt about their wide receiver position entering the offseason. Jarvis Landry was drafted in the second round with the hope that he will become the Dolphins' slot receiver for 2014 and beyond. If Landry impresses in training camp, he will be the Dolphins' slot receiver and incumbent slot receiver Brandon Gibson will likely be released.
Knowshon Moreno will be the Dolphins' starting running back in 2014. Considering the Dolphins ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing in 2013, they hope Moreno can run as effectively as he did with the Denver Broncos last season. Moreno is considered one of the best all-around backs in the league, so his receiving ability and ability to protect the passer will be traits the Dolphins can very well use.
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