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Predicting the Miami Dolphins’ Final Depth Chart Before the 2014 Season Begins

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The Miami Dolphins are looking to put together one of their strongest teams in the past decade to compete in the much improved AFC East this season. Miami has some very talented youngsters on the squad who should be able to add some much-needed depth at key positions. Here is what Miami's depth chart should look like heading into the 2014 season.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (S), Matt Moore, Pat Devlin

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QB: Ryan Tannehill (S), Matt Moore, Pat Devlin

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It's no surprise here with Tannehill being the team's starter heading into the 2014 season. The former Texas A&M star is in no danger of losing his starting job and should remain the team's top option unless he is injured during the season. Moore will once again play second-fiddle to Tannehill, but he's a nice insurance policy. Devlin may or may not make the team this season. He's certainly on the bubble, but the team will carry three QBs.

RB: Lamar Miller (S), Knowshon Moreno, Daniel Thomas, Damien Williams

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RB: Lamar Miller (S), Knowshon Moreno, Daniel Thomas, Damien Williams

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Word out of Miami is that Miller has been putting together quite a nice camp thus far and should continue to work as the team's top back. Moreno, once he returns, should receive second-team work as the team's third-down back and complement to Miller. Thomas, while on the bubble, should still remain with the team as a short-yardage back, while UDFA Damien Williams will be a surprise addition to the 53-man roster as a goal-line back.

WR: Mike Wallace (S), Brian Hartline (S), Brandon Gibson, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, Damian Williams

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WR: Mike Wallace (S), Brian Hartline (S), Brandon Gibson, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, Damian Williams

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Wallace, Hartline and Gibson should all make the 53-man squad and should return to their respective positions in 2014. Landry, a fiery rookie receiver, should challenge for snaps as the team's 4th receiver, while Matthews and Damian Williams man the 5th and 6th receiver roles for the Miami offense. Miami has a nice crop of receivers here who can catch and run quite well.

TE: Charles Clay (S), Dion Sims, Arthur Lynch, Michael Egnew

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TE: Charles Clay (S), Dion Sims, Arthur Lynch, Michael Egnew

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Clay is one of the team's best offensive weapons, and it's no surprise to see him claim the top tight end job again in 2014. Second-year tight end Dion Sims will assume the No. 2 job as the team's in-line blocker, and rookie Arthur Lynch will assume the team's No. 3 role. Egnew, who is clearly on the roster bubble in 2014, needs to have a strong camp to fend off UDFA Harold "Gator" Hoskins, which I think he will do.

OL: Branden Albert (LT), Daryn Colledge (LG), Shelley Smith (C), Dallas Thomas (RG), Ja'Wuan James (RT), Nate Garner, Billy Turner, Jason Fox, Mike Pouncey, Tyler Larsen

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OL: Branden Albert (LT), Daryn Colledge (LG), Shelley Smith (C), Dallas Thomas (RG), Ja'Wuan James (RT), Nate Garner, Billy Turner, Jason Fox, Mike Pouncey, Tyler Larsen

BRANDEN ALBERT
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No surprises here with Albert and James as the team's top tackle options, but with the loss of Pouncey for the first eight weeks of the season, the interior of the line shifts a bit. Thomas now mans the RG position for Smith, who moves to the center position, while recently signed Colledge mans the LG position. Garner, Turner and Larsen should all challenge for playing time as well, but Turner and Garner are the only realistic shots of playing.

DL: Cameron Wake (DE), Earl Mitchell (DT), Randy Starks (DT), Olivier Vernon (DE), Dion Jordan, Jared Odrick, Derrick Shelby, Anthony Johnson

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DL: Cameron Wake (DE), Earl Mitchell (DT), Randy Starks (DT), Olivier Vernon (DE), Dion Jordan, Jared Odrick, Derrick Shelby, Anthony Johnson

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Wake, Starks and Vernon all return to the lineup after starting in 2013. DT Earl Mitchell will attempt to fill the void left behind by Paul Soliai as Odrick assumes his role as a rotational player, but he will still see the bulk of snaps this season as he did last year. Jordan and Shelby will back Wake and Vernon up, and UDFA Anthony Johnson makes the team as the 4th DT due to his immense potential.

LB: Philip Wheeler (WLB), Koa Misi (MLB), Dannell Ellerbe (SLB), Jelani Jenkins, Jordan Tripp, Jason Trusnik, Chris McCain

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LB: Philip Wheeler (WLB), Koa Misi (MLB), Dannell Ellerbe (SLB), Jelani Jenkins, Jordan Tripp, Jason Trusnik, Chris McCain

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Wheeler, Misi and Ellerbe all start for the second straight season in Miami, as Misi and Ellerbe swap positions in 2014. Jenkins will be the team's top backup as a coverage linebacker, who may see some snaps on third downs. Tripp and Trusnik will assume special teams duties, and UDFA Chris McCain will make the team as a surprise due to his impact during camp. He's done a sound job thus far, and he has a strong case to make the team.

DB: Brent Grimes (CB), Reshad Jones (SS), Louis Delmas (FS), Cortland Finnegan (CB), Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Jalil Brown, Walt Aikens, Jimmy Wilson

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DB: Brent Grimes (CB), Reshad Jones (SS), Louis Delmas (FS), Cortland Finnegan (CB), Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Jalil Brown, Walt Aikens, Jimmy Wilson

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Miami may have a better secondary in 2014 after a stellar unit in 2013. Grimes and Jones return, while physical veterans Delmas and Finngean attempt to add some aggression to the secondary. Taylor, Davis and Brown will be the team's backup corners, while Wilson and Aikens serve as versatile safety/corner combo players. Both players have shined in this role thus far in camp, so hopefully they continue to perform well.

Special Teams: Caleb Sturgis (K), Brandon Fields (P), John Denney (LS), Damian Williams (WR/KR)

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Special Teams: Caleb Sturgis (K), Brandon Fields (P), John Denney (LS), Damian Williams (WR/KR)

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Sturgis and Fields both return to improve upon their 2013 campaign. Sturgis was quite inconsistent, while Fields was arguably the best punter in the NFL. John Denney will return as the team's longest tenured player, and WR Damian Williams will take over return duties for Marcus Thigpen, who unfortunately will not make the team in 2014 after serving as Miami's return man for the past few seasons.

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