By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on June 26, 2014
The Miami Dolphins have put together a solid team over the past few seasons and are looking to become a real contender in the AFC in 2014.
The team cannot afford to lose 5 very key players. Who are they? Let's take a look.
Brent Grimes, one of Miami's best players overall, is one of the league's top corners and excelled during his first year in Miami. The depth behind Grimes is quite inexperienced in Will Davis, Jamar Taylor and Walt Aikens. Miami's defense cannot afford to lose their shutdown corner this season if they expect to be one of the league's best units overall.
Miami's fiery and passionate defensive leader looks to return to a healthy form this season after a knee injury early in 2013 slowed his season a bit. Wake is about as irreplaceable as they come for Miami. Although the team has capable backups in Derrick Shelby and Dion Jordan, Wake's presence alone strikes fear into opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. The team cannot afford to lose the aggression he brings to the table.
I know it sounds silly, but Miami's punter has arguably been the team's MVP the past two or three seasons. Fields has one of the league's strongest legs and can instantly flip field position giving the team an upper hand over opposing teams if Miami's offense stalls a bit. Fields' golden leg is something Miami cannot afford to lose this season.
"Big Play" Clay as his teammates call him broke out last season in a big way for Miami, asserting himself as the team's go-to option for young QB Ryan Tannehill. Clay's ability to become a mismatch wherever he lines up is certainly something OC Bill Lazor will value this season. Not to mention the depth behind Clay is a bit subpar in Dion Sims, Michael Egnew, Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins and Kyle Miller. Clay cannot go down this year.
Miami cannot afford to lose their new stud left tackle and big offseason acquisition. Albert is needed now more than ever due to the lack of depth behind him at left tackle and with C Mike Pouncey now missing at least three months of action, which could be even longer. Albert's veteran leadership is needed along this young offensive line just as much as his ability to provide protection for Tannehill to open up Lazor's offense this season.
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