Miami Dolphins, Def, Dolphins
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2016 Outlook: Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)Last updated on May-07-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Dolphins allowed the five most rushing yards (2019) in 2015 with 13 rushing TDs. The graded above the league average as far as yards per rush (4.0), but teams had the second most attempts (502) against them in the NFL. They finished 21st in the league in passing yards allowed (4000) with 31 TDs allowed and 7.8 yards per pass attempts (26th). Their pass rush only delivered 31 sacks (25th).
DT Ndamukong Suh was the team's best run defender with six sacks compared to 8.5 in 2014. DT Earl Mitchell struggled against the run with no real value attack the QB (5.5 sacks in his career in 91 games. Earl missed four games last in 2015 due to a calf issue. DE Cameron Wake missed nine games last year due to a torn Achilles. Cam didn't have a sack in his first four games of the season while his game made a nice step forward in Weeks 6, 7, and 8 (seven sacks). Wake tends to be a liability against the run. DE Mario Williams tied his career low in sacks (5) playing for the Bills in 2015. In his career, Mario has 96 sacks in 145 career games. This defensive line should pressure the QB as long as Cameron Wake regains his top form. The offseason reports point to a full recovery before the start of the season. DT Jordan Phillips has enough talent to be a run clogger, and he may steal the starting job from DT Earl Mitchell.
LB Kiko Alonso played at a high level in his rookie season for the Bills, but he missed all of 2014 due to an ACL tear in his left knee. He missed five games in 2015 due to a lingering battle with his left ACL leading an unproductive season. Miami made a move for him in the offseason with hopes of him regain his impact form. LB Jelani Jenkins had 39 fewer tackles in 2015 with no sacks after flashing some upside in his sophomore season in the NFL. Jenkins had an ankle injury last in the year. LB Koa Misi will offer upside in run support with limited value sacking the QB (12 sack in 81 career games).
CB Tony Lippett will fight for a starting job at CB for Miami. In nine games in 2015, Tony was just below league average in pass coverage and run support. The Dolphins drafted him in the 5th round in 2015 as a WR. CB Bobby McCain was on the field for 16 games last year leading to 403 plays. McCain is an undersized CB (5'9") whose biggest asset is his electric quickness with limited top end speed. He'll struggle with physical WRs with size. CB Byron Maxwell was one of the weakest defensive back in pass coverage in 2015 after playing at a lot higher level with the Seahawks earlier in his career. Miami hopes a change of scenery helps him regain his previous form. Both of their starting safeties (Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus) play well in run support with league average value in pass coverage. Jones will sneak in an occasional sack when asked to blitz.
The defense has value at the first and second levels of the defense. They need to get to the QB to cover up their possible weakness in pass coverage. If Alonzo and Maxwell play well, this defense should have serviceable value. I would draft them as my second Fantasy defense while only playing them in favorable matchups.
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