Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel takes a look today at Miami’s linebacker corps, and asks the question most likely on every Dolphins fans’ mind. How in the heck will the team replace Joey Porter and Jason Taylor at outside linebacker?
It’s hard to argue Miami’s decision to rid itself of Porter – who is still effective, but who turned 33 in March – and Taylor, who’s four years older and noticeably slower. But who will fill those spots?
Kelly has even more questions:
Cameron Wake has pressured quarterbacks in Canada and America, but can this Dolphins linebacker convert from a project to a productive NFL starter this season?
Charlie Anderson has proven to be a patient man, and Quentin Moses is a resilient one — but are either of these converted former college defensive ends starter material as 3-4 linebacker?
In his first two seasons, Erik Walden established himself as a solid special teams contributor, but can he do more on an every-down basis?
Wake – who was a productive player in the CFL – is strong coming off the edge (though merely mediocre everywhere else at the OLB role), and the team will look to him to replace Porter. Moses and Walden, as Kelly points out, aren’t even locks to make the roster. While Koa Misi, a second-round pick, probably will start on the strong side, replacing Taylor, it’s unknown how fast he’ll adjust to the NFL game.
For now, there are more questions than answers for this Dolphins squad.
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