By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on July 23, 2014
It's that time of year again. Football is back. For the Miami Dolphins, who open their doors at training camp on Thursday and hit the practice field for the first time Friday, 2014 will be a make-or-break campaign for several members of the organization, including quarterback Ryan Tannehill and head coach Joe Philbin. Check out these five bold predictions for the club's training camp.
Given Dion Jordan's four-game suspension, the Dolphins will be in search of some much-needed depth at defensive end to begin the season. Undrafted free agent Terrence Fede, a Marist product, has the potential to give them just that. Although raw, mainly because of the porous competition he was subjected to, Fede possesses ideal measurables, with the athleticism to develop into a steal for Miami.
Like Fede, center Tyler Larsen, who also went undrafted in May, could benefit from the early-season absence of a key player. Mike Pouncey's hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least four games, has given Larsen a golden opportunity to steal a roster spot by impressing in camp. Larsen was actually tabbed a potential mid-round pick by experts before the draft, so there was hope he could be an undrafted gem in Miami to begin with.
It's been a long time coming, and there is doubt, after Knowshon Moreno's knee scope, that it will actually happen, but the Dolphins will, at last, rid themselves of Daniel Thomas in 2014. A career 3.6 yards-per-carry average only begins to describe Thomas' ineptitude, as a back who was built for power, but has refused to run with toughness. Expect one of two intriguing undrafted signees -- Damien Williams or Orleans Darkwa -- to surpass him.
A rookie season that never got off to the right foot thanks to a lingering groin injury failed to give Dolphins fans a glimpse of what cornerback Jamar Taylor is capable of. The 2013 second-round pick has reportedly developed into a soon-to-be starter behind the scenes, though. It will take beating out veteran Cortland Finnegan, who hopes to return to a form that netted him an All-Pro selection in 2008, but Taylor has the tools to do so.
After Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, the two starters at receiver, the Dolphins have a logjam of potential No. 3s. Brandon Gibson embraced the role to begin 2013, but suffered a nasty leg injury in Week 8. Rishard Matthews picked up the slack from there, but Joe Philbin reportedly isn't his biggest fan. Enter Jarvis Landry, who Miami snagged on Day 2 of May's draft. With reliable hands, clean routes and grittiness, Landry will steal the show.
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