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Miami Dolphins Roster Breakdown in 2020
There’s no question that Miami’s roster was among the most inept in the league a season ago. The Dolphins were getting mutilated by their opponents early in the year, and it appeared that there was no end in sight.
However, a mid-season surge and a revamped roster have the Phins fan base thinking that winning the AFC East Division in 2020 is a genuine possibility.
With several new faces arriving in South Beach ready to get to work, let’s take a look at the Miami Dolphins depth charts and familiarize ourselves with the roster.
*Names in bold denotes player is a starter
Dolphins Quarterback Depth Chart
Who Brian Flores opts to start under center when the 2020 campaign gets underway remains to be seen. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the ultimate competitor who has earned a ton of respect in the locker room, although Chris Grier didn’t spend a top-5 pick on a quarterback just so he can hold a clipboard on the sidelines.
Unless something drastic happens to the aforementioned names, Josh Rosen’s tenure in Miami is all but over.
Dolphins Running Back Depth Chart
|Chandler Cox (FB)|
The Dolphins re-tooled at running back during the offseason in a major way. First, they plucked Jordan Howard in free agency on a two-year deal worth a shade under $10 million. Then they initiated a trade with San Francisco to acquire Matt Breida, who should see close to an even split with Howard.
Considering this squad ranked dead last year with a paltry 72.3 rushing yards/game average, it was evident that moves had to be made.
Dolphins Wide Receiver Depth Chart
DaVante Parker turned in his best season as a professional and seemed to develop a solid rapport with Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the year. Preston Williams showed a ton of promise before tearing his ACL in November.
Unfortunately, despite the glaring upside that both Parker and Williams possess, the Dolphins WR depth chart gets really thin after that. Albert Wilson only averaged 8.2 yards per catch in 2019, and Allen Hurns isn’t much more than an afterthought.
Dolphins Tight End Depth Chart
One of the more exciting pieces to the Dolphins puzzle in 2020 is 24-year-old tight end Mike Gesicki. No longer associated as one of the fantasy tight end sleepers, the cat is out of the bag with this guy.
The Penn State product chipped in with 51 catches for 570 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore in the NFL, and it’s expected that he’ll be an even bigger part of the offense in year three. Durham Smythe will be on the field for a decent chunk of the snaps, but he’ll primarily be used as a blocker more so than a route runner.
Dolphins Offensive Line Depth Chart
|Left Tackle||Julie’n Davenport||Austin Jackson|
|Left Guard||Ereck Flowers||Solomon Kindley||Deion Calhoun|
|Center||Ted Karras||Keaton Sutherland||Donell Stanley|
|Right Guard||Michael Deiter||Robert Hunt||Danny Isidora|
|Right Tackle||Jesse Davis||Nick Kaltmayer||Jonathan Hubbard|
What was a very poor offensive line in 2019 can only go in one direction. Ted Karras takes over at center after snapping the ball to Tom Brady in 2019, plus Miami agreed to terms on a 3-year/$30 million deal with Ereck Flowers. Michael Deiter is probably their best offensive lineman, meaning the interior should be in great hands.
Keep in mind that the Dolphins drafted tackle Austin Jackson 18th overall, so it’s only a matter of time before he moves Jesse Davis or Julie’n Davenport to a backup role.
Dolphins Defensive Line Depth Chart
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|Shaq Lawson||Davon Godchaux|
|Christian Wilkins||Raekwon Davis|
|Emmanuel Ogbah||Benito Jones|
|Avery Moss||Ray Lima|
Christian Wilkins did a lot of good things as a rookie, and newcomer Shaq Lawson is a legitimate pass-rushing threat. Emmanuel Ogbah was targeted in free agency specifically to come in as a situational edge rusher, but let’s not brush aside the cold, hard facts.
The Dolphins accumulated 23 sacks in 2019 — six fewer than any other team in the league.
Applying consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback is going to be a battle the Phins are fighting all year long.
Dolphins Linebacker Depth Chart
|Kyle Van Noy|
|Andrew Van Ginkel|
Brian Flores used to be the linebackers coach in New England, so nobody should be surprised Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts are now suiting up in Miami. Van Noy should quickly assume the role of the vocal leader on defense, but look for rookie Curtis Weaver to step in right away and contribute.
The outside linebacker out of Boise State garnered 13.5 sacks as a junior and is a truly dynamic playmaker, yet he somehow fell into the Dolphins’ lap in the fifth round. Perhaps one of the three or four biggest steals in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Dolphins Cornerback Depth Chart
Byron Jones and Xavien Howard better produce in 2020. The pair are the second and third highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, earning annual salaries of $16.5 and $15.1 million, respectively. Chris Grier didn’t stop there, drafting Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene in the first round.
As has been well documented, the Dolphins defense struggled to get off the field and deter the opposition, so credit to this organization for at least trying to plug the leaks. Only time will tell if it all comes to fruition.
Dolphins Safety Depth Chart
Erick Rowe (another former Patriot while Brian Flores was coaching the defense) will move from cornerback to safety in 2020 to make way for the likes of Byron Jones and Noah Igbinoghene.
There is some decent depth at this position thanks to Bobby McCain and Adrian Colbert, although Brandon Jones is a hard-hitting safety from the University of Texas drafted in the third round in 2020. I suspect it won’t take long for him to power his way up the Dolphins depth chart.
Dolphins Special Teams Depth Chart
- Kicker: Jason Sanders
- Punter: Matt Haack
- Long Snapper: Blake Ferguson
- Holder: Matt Haack
- Punt Returner: Isaiah Ford
- Kick Returner: Isaiah Ford
Not much to get super excited about here.
Matt Haack ranked outside the top 20 in punting average. Jason Sanders shouldn’t be on your radar in drafts as he didn’t even sniff the top 20 in Noah Davis’ fantasy football kicker rankings.
Indeed, the weather is generally warm in South Beach, but that’s about the only thing Sanders has going for him in terms of sustaining sufficient production.
Dolphins Roster Analysis
- Grade: C+
This isn’t a bell curve like in high-school. I’m grading the Miami Dolphins roster based on the talent and leadership they have in place.
The Dolphins made some nice moves in free agency, and I like what they did with some of their draft picks. With that being said, I think Tua will be a bust, as I’ve reiterated time and time again. The offense will be a work in progress, and the defense still has a long way to go.
Betting on the Miami Dolphins in 2020
Me not being high on Miami this year isn’t the be-all and end-all. The Dolphins depth chart has time to evolve, and Miami’s future prices are pretty favorable.
If you feel like betting on the Dolphins in 2020, here are a few ways to go about it.