Latest Dolphins rumors
By: Jake Rajala
The Dolphins schedule was released and it is truly filled with a ton of interesting show-downs. They kick things off by facing Mac Jones at home. It will be pivotal that the Dolphins have a step ahead of the 2021 playoff featuring New England Patriots, so Tua needs to come out guns blazing in his first contest. The Dolphins will also face tough destinations in Cincinnati and San Francisco in the 2022 season. Although, the Dolphins still have the 12th easiest schedule next season.
The Dolphins were 4-2 against divisional opponents last season. I would trust them to sweep the NY Jets, split games with the Patriots, and split contests with the Bills.
Outside of the schedule, the Miami Dolphins recently inked the 2021 LA Ram Sony Michel (which follows McDaniel’s formula of keeping his foot on the gas pedal this entire off-season). Michel is a talented RB and he’s a nice power back for McDaniel’s arsenal. The Dolphins still have the third–most cap space in the NFL and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Dolphins add more firepower to their dream team.
The Dolphins are quite familiar with former Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower, as he’s frequently been a star play-maker against Miami in his career. Hightower might not be a Pro Bowl-caliber player, but he is a nice scheme fit and a great veteran presence.
The Dolphins could also target the versatile OLB Anthony Barr, who is surprisingly available. Barr recorded 3 interceptions, 2.5 sacks, and 6 QB hits in 11 games last season. Perhaps, they could even swing big at the OLB spot for Jadeveon Clowney.
The Dolphins may have a lot of new armor, but they are really leaning on Tua Tagovailoa to be a talented signal-caller next season. He threw 16 touchdowns, 2,653 yards, and 10 interceptions last season. If he can have a Derek Carr-like season and throw around 25 touchdowns and 4,500+ yards, I believe the Dolphins can crack an AFC wild-card spot in 2022 and potentially become a future, routine AFC contender.