By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on June 29, 2014
Every season, every NFL team has players who are looking to revive their careers or break out for the first time. The Miami Dolphins are no different. Entering 2014, the Dolphins have a mixture of young players and veterans who will not only be looking to have great 2014 seasons, but they'll also be auditioning for other teams following the conclusion of 2014. Here are five Dolphins who cannot afford to have bad seasons.
Knowshon Moreno had a breakout 2013 season with the Denver Broncos, which culminated in a Super Bowl appearance. It was expected that Moreno would command a lot of attention in the free agency market, but only one team -- the Dolphins -- showed any interest in the five-year running back. As a result, Moreno signed a one-year deal with Miami. If Moreno is to command more attention in next year's market, he'll have to have a great 2014 season.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft was one of the biggest disappointments during the 2013 NFL season. Dion Jordan failed to crack the starting lineup, and as a result of his weaknesses in defending the run, he was restricted to playing only on passing downs. He recorded just 13 tackles and two sacks during his rookie season. If Jordan wants to return to Miami for a third season in 2015, he'll have to contribute more.
It was a rough 2013 for Cortland Finnegan, which saw the former Pro Bowler struggle through injuries and inconsistent play. Despite a rough season with the St. Louis Rams, the Dolphins handed the 30 year old a two-year, million contract. With the way Finnegan performed during OTAs, it looks like the veteran will serve as the Dolphins' No. 2 cornerback opposite of Brent Grimes. Finnegan will have every opportunity to revive his career.
Though the Dolphins did have a lot of disappointments in 2013, none was a bigger one than Mike Wallace. The former Pittsburgh Steeler was signed to a big contract in the 2013 offseason with the hope that he'd improve the play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Instead, Wallace wasn't even the team's leading receiver, and his lack of chemistry with Tannehill throughout the season was on display; 2014 has to be a better year for Wallace.
As redundant as it sounds, this is indeed a make-or-break year for Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill enters his third season with the Dolphins and if he fails to lead the team to at least a postseason berth, it looks like his career in South Florida is over. If the Dolphins miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season, it means head coach Joe Philbin is out. A new regime will take over the organization, which means Tannehill will be out.
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