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Twelve Miami Dolphins Players To Watch When Training Camp Begins

Alex Donno
July 16, 2018 - 5:06 pm

Miami Dolphins training camp begins on July 26th! In honor of WQAM's Traning Camp 12-A-Days Contest, here is my list of the top twelve Dolphins players I look forward to watching in person in camp. They are indeed ranked IN ORDER, so feel free to argue my judgement in the comments. 

12- Tony Lippett - CB -  Coming back from an achilles injury, we don’t know yet how healthy he will be at the start of camp. That’s one reason I look forward to seeing him at camp. When healthy, he will offer serious competition to Cordrea Tankersley for the starting spot opposite Xavien Howard.

11 – Raekwon McMillian - LB. Similarly to Lippett, this is a player coming off a season ending injury. But I’m even more excited to see McMillan, because he’s essentially a rookie all over again.

10 – David Fales/ Brock Osweiller - QB -  I group them together because neither is competing for the starting job, but they are both competing for the same thing: to become Ryan Tannehill’s backup. Fales looked clearly ahead in minicamp, so Osweiler has some catching up to do. 

9 – Kalen Ballage - RB – While he’s not expected to be more than the 3rd running back, I think he can carve out a niche in the Dolphins backfield. If you have any doubts over Gore’s 35 year old body holding up, or Drake being able to carry a heavy workload, Ballage can become more and more important for this team.

8 – Jakeem Grant - WR – He had a great minicamp and seems to be putting things together as a receiver. This guy can become an x-factor on the Dolphins offense if he can just find some more consistency.

7 – Robert Quinn - DE – I’m still getting accustomed to seeing Quinn in a Dolphins uniform, but he looked like a man amongst boys in minicamp and OTA’s. I’d like to see more of that, and I’m sure the fans who attend training camp are in for a show.

6 – Albert Wilson - WR – This could be the most underrated acquisition the Dolphins made during free agency. People are much more concerned with Jarvis Landry’s departure than they are with Albert Wilson’s arrival. He won’t have to do it all by himself, but this is a player who can help make you forget about Landry.

5 – Danny Amendola - WR – I put him here for similar reasons to Wilson, but this is a player who comes in with a Patriots pedigree, so he’ll have more eyes on him than Wilson does, hence the higher ranking. Amendola is entertaining to watch because he really gets animated and fired up during practice.

4 – Mike Gesicki- TE – The rookie from Penn State who comes in with huge expectations from fans - Perhaps unrealistic expectations. We’ve lacked excitement at the tight end position in recent years, and like Amendola and Wilson, this is a guy who can provide a safety valve for Tannehill in the passing game. But can he learn to block??

3 – Minkah Fitzpatrick - Safety – Miami’s top draft pick, and someone who could become the best player on this defense within a couple of years.

2 – Frank Gore - RB -  It’s all about THE U, and this is one of my favorite Miami Hurricanes EVER. Frank Gore coming home to Miami just feels right. I will be positively geeking out to Gore being in a Fins uniform in training camp and preseason.

1 – Ryan Tannehill - QB -  I can’t imagine I’m alone here in saying Tannehill is the Dolphins player I will be watching most closely at training camp. It’s the first time we’ll see him going through team drills in a LONG TIME. He’s got to be good this year for the Dolphins to be any good. After nearly a year and a half out with left knee issues, he finally gets his second season in the Adam Gase offense.