1) 4th and 5th Wide Receiver Positions - The offseason has definitely helped strengthen this position with the additions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and the re-signing of Brian Hartline. These players give the Dolphins flexibility in their offensive scheme because of the skill set of the group and the athlete at tight end in Dustin Keller. The big question mark is who will emerge to complete this group and give second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill additional options on the edge?
Rishard Matthews is a virtual lock, in my opinion, for one of the two spots available going into training camp. He brings consistency, toughness to go over the middle and flexibility to play inside or outside. Also, he can be used on multiple phases of special teams and that is always a huge advantage. Armon Binns and Brian Tyms are two names to pay close attention to because of their solid play during OTAís and mini-camp. Both have the talent to make this team and should challenge and push Matthews.
Newcomer Marvin McNutt also will factor in this competition and heíll need to flash at some point in practice and carry that into the preseason games. Some other names that should be mentioned but are long shots to stick: Chad Bumphis and Courtney Gardner.
2) Defensive End Opposite Cam Wake Ė This is a battle that will have an effect on the best player on defense, Cam Wake. If players like rookie Dion Jordan, Olivier Vernon or Derrick Shelby can emerge to alter how opposing coordinators scheme to slow down Wake, it makes this side of the ball that much better. Jordan has a lot of catching up to do, but his job early should be very simplistic; rushing the quarterback is what he does best and thatís what the Dolphins defense has bee.n missing opposite Wake. I look for Dion to play in situations that play to his strengths and line up in multiple looks along the defensive front
Vernon looks more like an every-down player entering his second season and is my favorite to start on opening day at Cleveland. He now has a year of experience and the upside is enormous. Shelby showed flashes of explosiveness last season and Iím curious to see his development during camp. I believe this staff has confidence in his ability, and like what he brings to the table. One other name to watch at this position is Vaughn Martin. He might be used somewhat like Jared Odrick, moving from tackle to end in certain defensive groupings, but heís one to look for as camp gets started.
The other three are kicker , cornerback and running back. (see article)