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5 Miami Dolphins Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014 NFL Season

5 Miami Dolphins Starters Who Will Struggle in 2014

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The Miami Dolphins will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 8-8 2013 NFL season. Miami is stuck within the much-improved AFC East, therefore, the young players on this roster must play at a high level for the Dolphins to find any level of success.

Here are five starters who will struggle during the 2014 season:

RT Ja'Wuan James

Ja'Wuan James
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RT Ja'Wuan James

Ja'Wuan James
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The 19th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will struggle out of the gate playing right tackle for the Miami Dolphins, specifically in pass protection. In a division with stud pass rushers such as Buffalo's Mario Williams and New England's Chandler Jones, James may be thrust into protecting young QB Ryan Tannehill from said pass rushers. He will have to step up big time.

WLB Philip Wheeler

Philip Wheeler
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WLB Philip Wheeler

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Outside linebacker Philip Wheeler struggled throughout much of the 2013 NFL season after Miami threw cash at him to bring him to town to replace Kevin Burnett. Wheeler's play style is described as playing with his "hair on fire," yet for much of 2013, he played like he wore ankle weights. Wheeler will have to step up tenfold with youngster Jelani Jenkins breathing down his neck for some extra snaps after an impressive rookie season.

TE Charles Clay

Charles Clay
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TE Charles Clay

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TE Charles Clay broke out last season and put the entire league on notice. But this season, teams will know who he is and will have a better idea of how to contain him. Clay's struggles will depend on how new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor uses his talents, but expect Clay's numbers to drop just a bit from last year's. Even so, still expect Clay to be a large focal point offensively, Dolphins fans.

FS Louis Delmas

Louis Delmas
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FS Louis Delmas

Louis Delmas
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Louis Delmas is forced to fill the void left behind from former Dolphin Chris Clemons. Delmas, who is quite injury prone, will need to stay healthy and fend off nickel-free safety combo man, Jimmy Wilson. If Delmas can seize the opportunity he has been given, Miami's defense may improve a bit. I'm just not too confident that he can stay healthy for a full season.

LG Dallas Thomas

Dallas Thomas
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LG Dallas Thomas

Dallas Thomas
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After being labeled a bust during his rookie season (really?), Dallas Thomas has been gifted the opportunity to replace former Dolphin Richie Incognito. Thomas' strength is a huge concern here along with his technique. If he can develop week-to-week throughout the season, Miami may have found their best option at left guard. That being said, Thomas has a long way to go before he can be considered a good offensive guard in the NFL.

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