The Miami Dolphins offense could be really good next season if the offensive line can make expected improvements, though star center Mike Pouncey’s torn hip labrum definitely won’t help things. That said, Shelley Smith and Branden Albert are big upgrades, especially Albert, and first-round pick Ja’Wuan James will technically be an upgrade, even if he does struggle. But while the Dolphins offensive line won’t be pathetic this season, the jury is still out on whether or not they will be “good”. At least Ryan Tannehill has shown that he is one of the most poised quarterbacks in the NFL, and he has the mobility to avoid rushers.
What gives the Dolphins offense so much upside, though, is the combination of Tannehill’s breakout potential with the team’s deep group of weapons under a much better offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor. Mike Wallace will get better as he gets more familiar with Tannehill and the offense, Charles Clay is a mis-match maker in every sense, Brian Hartline is as consistent and reliable as they come, Jarvis Landry has amazing hands and route-running with Anquan Boldin comparisons to his name, Brandon Gibson played very well before going down with an injury last year, and Rishard Matthews continues to flash.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Chris Perkins, Matthews is having a “big day”, and that’s definitely great news. Matthews is technically on the roster bubble, even though he clearly has enough talent to make an NFL roster. His issue is that his work ethic and character have been put into question at times by the Dolphins organization, so a strong training camp is necessary. Based on tweets I’ve read from beat writers, he’s been making big plays all day, and that’s excellent news.
If Matthews can prove to be a solid contributor, then the Dolphins could be five-deep at the position. In fact, it isn’t far-fetched to say that they have one of the league’s best and most deep WR groups, especially when it comes to their ability to move the chains. Add in Lamar Miller, Knowshon Moreno , and Clay, and they have a dangerous passing offense.