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5 Things Miami Dolphins Must Accomplish During OTAs

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5 Things Miami Dolphins Must Accomplish During OTAs

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The Miami Dolphins have many questions surrounding their very young and talented squad. In the new and improved AFC East, Miami will need their young players to grow up quickly to be competitive in the division.

Here are five things that Miami must accomplish during OTAs.

5. Protect QB Ryan Tannehill

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5. Protect QB Ryan Tannehill

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Young QB Ryan Tannehill showed last season that when he has time to throw, he can be a darn good quarterback. The only issue is that Tannehill rarely had time to throw. The young QB was sacked a league-high 58 times last season due in part to a porous offensive line. With new LT Branden Albert, LG Dallas Thomas, C Mike Pouncey, RG Shelley Smith and RT Ja'Wuan James protecting him this season, Tannehill should have time to throw.

4. Utilize DE Dion Jordan In Numerous Ways

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4. Utilize DE Dion Jordan In Numerous Ways

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Last season during his rookie year, DE Dion Jordan was known widely as a bust to everyone outside of Miami. The third overall selection had a nagging shoulder injury that impeded his development as a DE. This year with 20 extra pounds on his frame along with being fully healthy, Jordan should be ready to wreck havoc on opposing offenses. Expect big things from Miami's 2013 first-round selection, especially in pass rushing situations.

3. Find Ways To Open Up WR Mike Wallace

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3. Find Ways To Open Up WR Mike Wallace

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Last season, WR Mike Wallace had a bit of a down year in terms of yards and yards after the catch. That was in the Mike Sherman offense in which Wallace barely moved. This season, however, new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will move Wallace around and use him as the Philadelphia Eagles used WR Desean Jackson. Expect huge numbers from Wallace this season.

2. Give LB Koa Misi Full Control At Middle Linebacker

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2. Give LB Koa Misi Full Control At Middle Linebacker

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All indications have been that LB Koa Misi has been quite impressive through two weeks of OTAs at his new middle linebacker position. Misi needs to have full control over the Miami defense, however, to prove that he can indeed be the man in the middle that this defense desperately lacked last season. If Misi can prove his worth in the middle, this defense, and the run defense in particular, should be much improved.

1. Increase QB Ryan Tannehill's Confidence

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1. Increase QB Ryan Tannehill's Confidence

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QB Ryan Tannehill was sacked an astounding 58 times last season, which we can assume really destroyed the young QB's confidence. Tannehill now has a revamped offensive line protecting him and a plethora of targets at receiver and tight end. The former Texas A&M product should be in line for a great season, leading this Miami squad with Wallace, WR Brian Hartline, TE Charles Clay and others. Watch out.