By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on June 14, 2014
The Miami Dolphins have a lot of new and returning pieces in 2014. The Dolphins are looking to clinch their first playoff berth in six years, and with these expectations, Miami will need certain key players to raise their level of play. Having said that, no situation is ever perfect. Here are five Dolphins who will be duds for the team in 2014.
Brandon Gibson was signed to a multi-year contract in the 2013 offseason to serve as the Dolphins' slot man over the next several years. While Gibson started out his career in South Florida rather well, he suffered a season-ending injury midway through the 2013 season. The Dolphins drafted WR Jarvis Landry in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, which means Gibson will have to compete just to make it to the 2014 roster.
It has been years since Cortland Finnegan was a difference maker. In fact, over the past couple of years, Pro Football Focus has ranked him as one of the statistically worst defensive backs in the entire NFL. Though Finnegan has been playing well in OTAs, and will either lock down the No. 2 CB spot opposite of Brent Grimes or win the nickel CB job by the season opener, the Dolphins will find out quickly that Finnegan's best days are behind him.
Charles Clay may have been Ryan Tannehill's most dependable target last season. Clay had 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. His 2013 performance landed him at No. 89 on NFL Network's Top 100 Players List of 2014. However, with the Dolphins drafting Landry and bringing in Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator, they will have more reliable targets. Not only that, but defenses will now key in on Clay in their weekly game plans.
Knowshon Moreno was signed to rejuvenate a below-average running game. During OTAs, he's had a hard time even getting first-team reps. Although it is only June and a lot can change from now until September, don't expect Moreno to be the 1,000-yard rusher and 500-yard receiver he was with the Denver Broncos. Moreno will contribute to the team, but it won't be to the extent fans were hoping for when Moreno was signed during the offseason.
Olivier Vernon had a breakout season in his second season in the NFL starting opposite of Cameron Wake. Vernon had 11.5 sacks to lead the Dolphins. However, although Vernon is a pass-rushing specialist, do we really expect him to reach double-digit sacks again for the second straight season? Dion Jordan will get more looks at end, and Wake will rebound from his disappointing 2013 season. That means less total sacks for Vernon in 2014.
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