The Miami Dolphins officially released their first depth chart of the preseason before they take the field against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. It’s an exciting time for all the fans as we are closing in on one month away from the start of the 2022-2023 season. Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles has already ruled out Tom Brady from the contest, but the two will meet in a joined practice on Friday, August 12 just one day before their exhibition game.
There are many news and notes to take from the first depth chart release so let’s get it started!
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QB- No surprises at the quarterback position. Tua Tagovailoa will be entering his third season and second year as QB1. Teddy Bridgewater is listed as the backup and 7th round draft pick Skyler Thompson is listed as the third string. Thompson has turned himself in a strong camp and could find himself a spot on the roster. He will get a ton of opportunities in the preseason to show if he’s worth keeping or at least earn himself a spot on the practice squad.
HB- The running back room is suddenly one of the deepest on the team. Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert are expect to split early down duties but the rest is unknown. Sony Michel was added to the roster and last seasons leading rusher-Myles Gaskin will fight for a spot on the roster while Salvon Ahmed, Gerrid Doaks, and Zaquandre White will have to convince the team that they can play a role on special teams to make it. The Dolphins could very well enter the season with 5 RBs.
WR- Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Cedrick Wilson are all obvious locks. The three WRs give Miami their strongest receiving core since the Marks brothers. According to sources, the Dolphins are currently shopping Preston Williams and Lynn Bowden Jr. The two WRs have had many opportunities to shine and could be traded for a possible late round draft pick. A trade would open the door for 4th round pick Erik Ezukanma who has been reportedly killing it at camp. The 5th WR spot could come down to former 49ers River Cracraft, Mohammed Sanu Sr., and Trent Sherfield.
TE- Gesicki and Smythe are obvious locks while Hunter Long hasn’t had the best camp. The former third round pick was supposed to be insurance in case the Dolphins decide to part ways with Gesicki after the season. But Long will have to prove his worth in the preseason in order for Miami to even think of him as an option.
OL- Terron Armstead, Liam Eichenberg, Conner Williams, Robert Hunt, and Austin Jackson are listed as the team’s starting offensive line. The Dolphins are hoping that the two veteran signings, (Armstead, Williams) will pay dividends to a young offensive line that struggled mightily last season. It was reported that Michael Dieter was injured in practice but the center is expected to return before the start of the regular season. Solomon Kindley, Larnel Coleman, Robert Jones will be looking to solidify the backup OL roles.
Defensive line- No surprises here either. Wilkins, Seiler, Davis, Jenkins, Ogbah, Ingram [not pictured] are all obvious locks. This might be one of the strongest units on the team especially if Wilkins can make another big step forward. Jones, Gustin, Carney Jr, Stille, and Williams will all be fighting for third string positions.
LB is probably the second biggest question mark on the team. However, we should see strong seasons from Jerome Baker and Jaelan Phillips. (OLB) Andrew Van Ginkle will be entering the final season of his rookie deal. And Brendan Scarlett, Sam Eguavoen should solidify backup roles of this team. Duke Riley is listed ahead of Third round pick Channing Tindall [not pictured] and Elandon Roberts are also locks to make the roster.
DB- The Dolphins are hoping to get Byron Jones back from injury soon. Until then Miami will run with Xavien Howard, Nik Needham, and former first round pick Noah Igbinoghene. Look for Trill Williams to turn in a big preseason and try to land the number 4-5 cornerback spot. Jevon Holland, Brandon Jones, and Eric Rowe are absolute locks. Vernon McKinley will need to have a solid preseason to crack the roster as well.
KR- Raheem Mostert, Jaylen Waddle
PR- Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle
We’ll see how long this lasts, but it seems as if the legion of zoom want to be the returners this season. All three have the speed to put fear into opposing teams but it comes down McDaniel and if he wants to take a risk or protect his investment.
No surprises on special teams. Jason Sanders remains the kicker and will hope to get back into Pro Bowl form. Thomas Morestead is listed as the teams starting punter.
Depth charts can always change from week to week and we’ll be sure to give you all the updates as we get closer to the beginning of the regular season.