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Miami Dolphins 2017 Depth Chart: Offense

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Miami Dolphins 2017 Depth Chart

Heading into training camp, the Miami Dolphins 2017 depth chart is pretty clear-cut on offense except for a couple of offensive line spots. This group is the most potent offense in South Beach in years, and many media members such as The Phinsider believe they will produce in 2017. The depth behind the starting 11 is what will make or break the season for the Dolphins. OTAs gave us a small glimpse of what to expect, but very little contact doesn’t paint the whole picture. Here’s what the offense will look like to begin training camp.


The participants: Ryan Tannehill (2995 yds, 19 TD, 12 INT), Matt Moore (721 yds, 8 TD, 3 INT), Brandon Doughty, David Fales (N/A)

The Skinny: No surprise here, Tannehill is back to 100%, and looks elusive as ever. Tannehill will take all the first-team reps, while Matt Moore works with the second team offense. Brandon Doughty and David Fales are vying for third-string, both are projects who are going to need some seasoning. Matt Moore is arguably one of the best backups in the NFL. He got the job done against teams he was supposed to and showed his flaws when he faced superior defenses. Doughty and Fales are both projects who will work for the scout team. Ryan Tannehill will lead the Miami Dolphins offense in commanding fashion.

Running Back 

The Participants: Jay Ajayi (1272 yds, 241 rec yds, 84.8 YPG, 8 TD), Damien Williams (115 yds, 249 rec yds, 6 TD), Kenyan Drake (179 yds, 2 TD)

The Skinny: When the offensive line was healthy, the running game functioned as a well-oiled machine. Injuries and fatigue reared its ugly head at the end of last season, and the tailbacks needed to pickup the slack. Jay Ajayi will resume his role as the lead back, taking a bulk of the reps. During the six-game win streak last season, Ajayi was the workhorse, which limited touches for other players. Kenyan Drake finished the season averaging five yards per carry. Bringing a change of pace to the backfield, Drake should see more snaps with the first-team offense. Damien Williams is the Swiss army knife of this unit. Williams isn’t a dominant rusher, but is effective in the red zone and receiving out of the backfield. Gase will find ways to get Williams the ball in the passing game on critical third downs.

Offensive Line

The Participants: LT Laremy Tunsil, G Kraig Urbik, G Ted Larsen, C/G Jake Brendel, C Mike Pouncey, C/G Anthony Steen, G Jermon Bushrod, G Isaac Asiata, T Sam Young, T Ja’Wuan James

The Skinny: On paper, this offensive line was among the most talented in the NFL. First rounders Branden Albert, Laremy Tunsil, Mike Pouncey, and Ju’Wuan James. However, Injuries and lack of experience made them one of the worst pass blocking teams in the NFL. With Albert off to Jacksonville, Laremy Tunsil will assume his natural left tackle position. Ted Larsen and Jermon Bushrod are the favorites to fill both guard spots. Mike Pouncey will more likely than not begin camp on the physically unable to preform list. Expect Anthony Steen and Jake Brendel to split time at center until his return. Ju’Wuan James isn’t a savior at right tackle but is the best second option Miami has. Rookie Isaac Asiata and veteran Kraig Urbik round out the depth at guard, while Sam Young is the first tackle off the bench.

Tight End 

The Participants: Julius Thomas, Anthony Fasano, MarQueis Gray, Thomas Duarte

The Skinny: The Miami Dolphins 2017 depth chart at tight end compared to 2016 is an all-around upgrade. Julius Thomas was unstoppable in Denver under Adam Gase a few seasons ago but took a nose dive in Jacksonville. The Dolphins are banking on him returning to Denver form in order to get some production over the middle of the field. Thomas should see the most targets in camp due to his mismatch ability. Meanwhile, Anthony Fasano lands back in Miami to compliment the blocking game. Pro Football Focus ranked Fasano the number one blocking tight end in the NFL last season. MarQueis Gray will likely be the second-greatest receiving threat and will look to build off his 174-yard performance from 2016. Thomas and Fasano will be 1A and 1B depending on the formation and play type, while Gray and Duarte try to create some more looks in the passing game.

Wide Receiver

The Participants: Jarvis Landry (94 rec, 1136 yds, 4 TD), Devante Parker (56 rec, 744 yds, 4 TD), Kenny Stills (42 rec, 726 yds, 9 TD), Rashawn Scott, Jakeem Grant, Leonte Caroo, Isaiah Ford, Drew Morgan, Francis Owusu

The Skinny: Regardless of who is throwing the football, this unit is one of the best in the NFL. The entire core and supporting cast return for 2017, with a couple of potential new contributors.

Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, and Devante Parker will take the majority of the first-team reps. Landry excels in the slot, but Gase will move him around to maximize his versatility. Expect to see Parker grab a lot of balls, while Landry and Stills draw the attention of the defense. Sophomores Jakeem Grant and Leonte Caroo are the most ideal to crack the rotation after the starting trio. Rashawn Scott is sneaky good and is looking to prove himself. UDFA Drew Morgan from Arkansas turned some heads in OTAs with crisp routes and sure hands. Both Scott and Morgan have the potential to be those fourth receivers. Francis Owusu missed out on OTAs but other than phenomenal body control, the rookie is an unknown. Jarvis commands the intermediate routes, Parker can catch just about any jump ball, and Stills takes the top off the defense.

Bottom Line

The Miami Dolphins 2017 depth chart heading into training camp is worlds better than last year. Running back, wide receiver, and quarterback will be some of the strongest and deepest positions on this team. Miami needs to make due with the offensive line, and do some experimenting before the season starts. Tight end will be hit or miss depending on Julius Thomas, and the Dolphins can’t afford to have another mediocre passing game over the middle. This offense is the most talented in years, and Miami must squeeze out every ounce of talent they can find.