The Miami Dolphins will have their full squad available on the practice field Tuesday for organized team activities. This is the first veteran session that is open to the media.
ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page will be live in Davie, Florida, to examine all the action.
Here are three things to watch:
1. Dolphins’ new offense
Analysis: I first got a peek at Miami’s new offense last week during rookie minicamp. First-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor showed a lot of new formations and concepts that can challenge a defense. However, last weekend’s rookie camp probably only showed a small portion of the playbook. Expect Lazor to open up the offense this week with veteran players back on the practice field. The Dolphins are expected to be more up-tempo and dynamic than last year’s offense under former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. This is an important time for Miami to develop an offensive identity and make a smooth transition.
2. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Analysis: Continuing the theme on offense, perhaps no player is more important this year than Tannehill. Miami’s third-year quarterback is a mediocre 15-17 in his career and is entering an important Year 3 with the Dolphins. This offseason is imperative for Tannehill. He is learning a new offense for the first time in his NFL career now that Sherman, his college coach, is gone. Tannehill also appears to have bulked up in the offseason after getting sacked a franchise-record 58 times. Tannehill must avoid a slow start and quickly master this new offense.
3. Defensive end Dion Jordan
Analysis: Like Tannehill, the Dolphins need another former first-round pick to develop into a franchise building block. Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in 2013, had somewhat of a redshirt season last year. He was the team’s third or fourth defensive end on the depth chart and played on special teams. Jordan must get stronger, particularly against the run, in order to become a complete player. The Dolphins had trouble getting him on the field consistently with the exception of obvious passing downs. I’m curious to see how much work Jordan has done this offseason in order to make an important jump in Year 2.