The offseason is in full swing, and the Miami Dolphins are making changes in preparation for the 2015 season.
Let’s take a look at whose stock is rising and falling in Miami.
1. Cameron Wake, defensive end: Wake is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the signing of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Wake, who had 11.5 sacks last season, faces consistent double teams. Now, much of that attention will go to Suh, allowing Wake to face more one-on-one matchups. Wake could be in line for a big season.
2. Run defense: The Dolphins were ranked 24th against the run last season, which is why the team made it a priority to get Suh in the first place. Suh anchored a Detroit defensive that was No. 1 against the run. Suh brings talent, toughness, and a mentality to Miami’s defense. Expect the run defense to improve dramatically.
1. Charles Clay, tight end: The Dolphins’ saga with Clay continues to drag on. Miami has the transition tag on Clay and retains the right to match any offers. Clay is getting interest from the Buffalo Bills, but nothing is on the table. The Dolphins and Bills are playing a cat-and-mouse game with Clay to see who makes the first move. The Dolphins won’t overpay. They signed Cameron Jordan to a two-year contract, which is a wise move to have insurance in case Buffalo overspends for Clay.
2. Receiver experience: Miami made two significant trades last week. The first was to acquire Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints. The second was to ship No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings. With the departures of Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, Miami lost a lot of experience at receiver. Stills (22), Jarvis Landry (22), Matt Hazel (23), and Rishard Matthews (25) are all young and inexperienced. The Dolphins need to add an experienced receiver to this group to help the younger players along.