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Three Players Ready To Breakout For Miami Dolphins This Season

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Jaelan Phillips (15) during an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

1.) Tua Tagovailoa

Let’s start with the man in charge of the offense. There are many analysts and haters (Hey, Ryan Clark!) that have made Tua Tagovailoa sound like the second coming of Jay Fiedler. He’s been called weak, frail, undersized, and noodle armed. The comparisons are not close to being accurate.  This is the first time in Tua’s entire football life where he’s actually having fun. Mike McDaniel has created a loose atmosphere at camp and he and GM Chris Grier loaded the former Alabama gunslinger with tons of talent this offseason. The additions of Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson will make it impossible to double team guys like Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki. Tua is top 5 in accuracy and second highest rated in deep ball completion percentage. Terron Armstead and Connor Williams were added to protect number 1. We haven’t seen Mike McDaniel call his own plays, but if his offense runs anything like his mentor Kyle Shanahan’s, the Dolphins could finish top 15 possibly even top 10 in total offense. Tua will be the biggest benefactor of a track star type offense. Expect a huge jump in year 3 and for him to contend for the C.P.O.Y. If you’re a fantasy fan, take him in the 10th round. Anything later is a complete steal.

Tua stats (proj) 3800 yards 34 tds 12 ints

2.) Mike Gesicki

After having back-to-back seasons of 700+ yards, Mike Gesicki has proven to be a reliable target with freakish athleticism and a crazy wingspan to snag those one handed grabs. With tons of speed added to the WR and RB positions, look for Mike G to dominate those one on one matchups in the middle of the football field. Gesicki might not be the blocker that 49ers George Kittle is, but creative play calling should help him get closer towards reaching his first 1000 yard season. The former 2nd round pick was tagged at the start of Free Agency so he’s playing to win and to be named one of the highest paid Tight Ends in the NFL. Green light for Gesicki.

Gesicki stats (proj) 60 catches 900 yards 5 tds

3.) Jaelan Phillips

I love this kid wholeheartedly. I think Phillips first Pro Bowl comes in only his second season and expect the former Cane to finish way north of his 8.5 sacks last season. He works hard and is in phenomenal shape. Phillips lateral quickness, length, and power off the line should help the Dolphins defensive front reach a new level with Emmanuel Ogbah Andrew Van Ginkle, Christian Wilkins, 3rd round pick Channing Tindall, and recently signed Melvin Ingram. Lookout for the Dolphins front seven to feast this year and Phillips to lead the way with at least 12.5 sacks. Ill gladly take the over on my own projection.

35 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 3 FF, 1 int

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