5 Miami Dolphins Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

Miami Dolphins: 5 Storylines to Follow During Training Camp

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The Miami Dolphins enter the 2014 season with high hopes behind the arm of QB Ryan Tannehill, a revamped offensive line and a stout defense. Miami will need to answer a few questions throughout the training camp season, however.

With many intriguing storylines circulating throughout the entire league, here are the 5 biggest storylines to follow during Miami's training camp season.

5. The Development of DE Olivier Vernon

Olivier Vernon
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5. The Development of DE Olivier Vernon

Olivier Vernon
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Vernon broke out last season for 11.5 sacks, which led the team, and will look to increase that number this season. Miami has a roster full of athletic pass rushers, and Vernon certainly has the ability to create quite the pass rushing tandem with Pro Bowl DE Cameron Wake. Something tells me that we have yet to see the best of Vernon as a pass rusher, and with another season under his belt, Vernon could be in line for a huge season.

4. Replacing Pro Bowl C Mike Pouncey

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4. Replacing Pro Bowl C Mike Pouncey

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Miami lost their Pro Bowl center and the rock of their offensive line for roughly three months due to hip surgery and the team will look to replace him somehow. Miami signed OL Daryn Colledge on Monday night, which has led to speculation that G Shelley Smith will slide into Pouncey's center position while Colledge takes over the reigns as the team's RG. This would be the best-case scenario, in my opinion, but it will be interesting to watch.

3. How Much has the Tannehill-Wallace Connection Improved?

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3. How Much has the Tannehill-Wallace Connection Improved?

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Wallace had a disappointing first season in Miami one year ago, but it should have been much better. Wallace ran streaking down the sideline numerous times throughout the season, but his young QB Ryan Tannehill just could not hit him in stride. The Tannehill-Wallace connection was not working last season and it frustrated many fans, but with a new offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor there is hope that the connection may be on par in 2014.

2. How Does the Linebacker Situation Play out?

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2. How Does the Linebacker Situation Play out?

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Miami's linebackers really struggled last season in all facets of their game, and it showed as Miami's stout run defense was no more in 2013 leading the team to shake it up a bit early in 2014. Koa Misi and Dannell Ellerbe have their positions as the inside and strong-side backers respectively, but the intriguing battle is for the weak-side job between veteran Philip Wheeler and second-year player Jelani Jenkins. Jenkins has a real shot to start.

1. The Slot Receiver Battle

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1. The Slot Receiver Battle

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Jarvis Landry (pictured) could end up being Miami's top contributor as a rookie and could even end up being Miami's best draft pick from the 2014 class. Landry has been the talk of the town due to his ability to run precise routes and show off strong and reliable hands. The former LSU Tiger is in a battle for the No. 3 receiver role this season with Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews, and he has a real chance to run away with that slot role.


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