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Thinking Man's Guide To The Miami Dolphins 2019 Season

Alex Donno
July 23, 2019 - 9:54 pm
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The Miami Dolphins will begin training camp this Thursday in Davie. 

Brian Flores' team will get ready to open a season of low expectations. Sports Illustrated predicted 3-13 for the Phins, while many fans are focusing on "tanking" for a high draft pick in 2020. 

So, how can Dolphins fans maintain their enthusiasm during a season with few victories expected? 

Ira Winderman from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, who co-hosted with me on Tuesday, came up with a fool-proof plan. 

Let's call it, "The Thinking Man's Guide To The 2019 Miami Dolphins Season."

To put it simply, you must focus on individuals over team results. 

"With fantasy football, we are now conditioned to watching individuals anyway," noted Winderman. 

"So, my cure for the Dolphins is this: Effectively draft your Miami Dolphins fantasy team of players you believe are bridges to the future."

"Can this player be part of something better. Is this a guy that I can build my future around."

Of course, youth and talent are the keys to unlocking the enjoyment that can be found in this year's Dolphins. Here are some of the players Ira and I will be keeping a close eye on. 

OFFENSE

LT Laremy Tunsil. He's the foundation of the Dolphins' offensive line and will likely be on the team longer than this year's starting quarterback. 

LG Michael Deiter. While it may seem boring to start with two O-lineman, this rookie will be tasked in helping solve a cursed position in Miami. Why can we never find consistently good guards?

WR DeVante Parker. I know... I know. This isn't his first rodeo. Still, he has the ability to be great, but only if he can stay healthy. Perhaps a new coaching staff can unlock his potential?

QB Josh Rosen. Did you think we wouldn't get to him? My hopes aren't high for Rosen, but he's either the answer at quarterback or a placeholder to a high first round pick in 2020. Finding out which of those he represents will be pivotal to this team's future. 

RB's Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage. I group them together because I don't expect a 'featured back' in an offense that will likely be a carbon copy of New England's. This thunder and lightning combo is young and could help blast Miami's offense into a brighter future. 

TE Mike Gesicki. He showed almost nothing as a rookie last year, but his potential as a red zone target is too exciting to ignore. He must put it together quickly. 

WR's Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson. At 26 and 27 respectively, I really hope this pair will still be in their physical prime once Miami is good again. In the mean time, they are the fastest and most exciting players in Miami's offensive arsenal, along with Drake. They've both struggled to stay healthy. 

DEFENSE

S/CB Minkah Fitzpatrick. He had a solid rookie campaign and should keep getting better. Nickel corner might be his best position this season, but he could get moved around a lot. Versatility is a strength, 

CB Xavien Howard. Pro Bowler. All Pro. He comes off an incredible season. Hopefully, at age 26, he will still be in his prime when the rest of the team catches up to his talent level. 

DE Charles Harris. Try not to laugh at this one. He has a new opportunity with a better defensive coaching staff. He no longer has to fight veterans like Cam Wake, Andre Branch and Robert Quinn for reps. If it's not Charles Harris Time in 2019, it will NEVER be Charles Harris Time.