The Dolphins have a significant preseason buzz due to key additions such as receiver Mike Wallace, tight end Dustin Keller, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler and No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan. Many also expect quarterback Ryan Tannehill to take the next step in Year 2 of his development.
A playoff appearance would end Miami’s five-year drought -- the second-longest postseason drought in the division. The Buffalo Bills haven’t reached the playoffs since the end of the 1999 season -- currently the NFL’s longest postseason drought.
My take: I view Miami as the second-best team in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots. The Dolphins have closed the gap on paper with the Patriots. Miami’s projected win total ranges between 7-10 games. Much of it will come down to Tannehill’s development, staying healthy, and playing well during a brutal slate to start the season.