By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on June 5, 2014
With about a month and a half remaining until training camp commences in Davie, Florida, the 2014 season and an opportunity for redemption are rapidly approaching for the Miami Dolphins. Here are the club's five most intriguing players at this junction of the offseason.
Heading into 2013, many analysts predicted that Lamar Miller was poised for a breakout campaign. Those hopes didn't materialize as Miller's impact was barely felt behind an abhorrent offensive line. Perhaps Miller could have done more to make defenders miss, but it's difficult to decipher how much blame he deserved. The club's revamped line should reveal Miller's true colors.
As a sound run defender, but not much else, who hasn't even been on the field for half of the Dolphins' defensive snaps in recent seasons, Koa Misi and intrigue don't usually coincide with one another. But a position switch that at least appears to be more than merely an experiment has made Misi an interesting player to monitor. Can he be an upgrade over Dannell Ellerbe at middle linebacker?
The Dolphins' second-round pick of May's draft, Jarvis Landry, enters a peculiar situation on Miami's receiver corps. On one hand, he offers a level of grittiness the group's incumbents don't possess. On the other, the veterans ahead of Landry on the depth chart won't be passed without a fight. He's too natural of a pass catcher not to contribute in some way as a rookie, but cracking the top three won't be easy.
After trading up to the No. 3 overall pick for his services last April, the Dolphins didn't even scratch the surface with their usage of Dion Jordan in 2013. Now that the athletic specimen is fully healthy and has added the necessary weight to set the edge, there's no reason why he shouldn't see a huge spike in playing time and, subsequently, production.
Was there any doubt who would be No. 1? The success or failure of the 2014 Dolphins will likely be determined by the success or failure of Ryan Tannehill. The embarrassment of an offensive line that conceded 58 sacks last season surely didn't do him any favors. But how much better is he with at least average pass protection? Answers should finally be garnered in the fall.
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