|Offense||24th||114.0 (9th)||218.8 (26th)|
|Defense||29th||140.4 (30th)||242.2 (15th)|
|24||Abdul-Quddus, Isa (FA)||SS||6-1||196||8/3/1989||7||Fordham|
|23||Ajayi, Jay||RB||6-0||229||6/15/1993||3||Boise State|
|Allen, Chase||LB||6-3||225||8/29/1993||R||Southern Illinois|
|Allen, Nate||DB||6-0||210||11/30/1987||8||South Florida|
|56||Butler, Donald (FA)||OLB||6-1||242||10/17/1988||8||Washington|
|84||Cameron, Jordan (FA)||TE||6-5||265||8/7/1988||7||Southern California|
|Chapman, Winston||LS||6-2||236||4/15/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|38||Chekwa, Chimdi (FA)||DB||6-0||190||1/7/1988||5||Ohio State|
|92||Denney, John||LS||6-5||242||12/13/1978||13||Brigham Young|
|Doughty, Brandon||QB||6-3||217||10/6/1991||1||Western Kentucky|
|Fales, David||QB||6-1||212||10/4/1990||3||San Jose State|
|Fasano, Anthony||TE||6-4||255||4/20/1984||12||Notre Dame|
|Ford, Isaiah||WR||6-2||195||2/9/1996||R||Virginia Tech|
|19||Grant, Jakeem||WR||5-7||172||10/30/1992||2||Texas Tech|
|Haack, Matt||P||6-1||185||7/25/1994||R||Arizona State|
|Hayes, William||DE||6-3||278||5/2/1985||10||Winston-Salem State|
|45||Hull, Mike||LB||6-0||233||5/25/1991||2||Penn State|
|Jones, Dominique (FA)||TE||6-3||270||8/15/1987||5||Shepherd|
|Lacey, Deon||LB||6-1||225||7/18/1990||R||West Alabama|
|Larsen, Ted||G||6-2||315||6/13/1987||8||NC State|
|Lewis, Malcolm||WR||6-0||187||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|36||Lippett, Tony||CB||6-3||194||7/2/1992||3||Michigan State|
|21||Lucas, Jordan||SS||6-0||204||8/2/1993||2||Penn State|
|Mathews, Mitch||WR||6-5||222||4/15/1991||1||Brigham Young|
|McDonald, T.J.||DB||6-2||217||1/26/1991||5||Southern California|
|McMillan, Raekwon||LB||6-2||243||11/17/1996||R||Ohio State|
|Miley, Arthur||DE||6-6||270||3/3/1993||2||Southern University|
|8||Moore, Matt||QB||6-3||225||8/9/1984||10||Oregon State|
|Okoye, Lawrence||T||6-6||304||10/6/1991||2||No College|
|Pantale, Chris||TE||6-5||254||3/22/1990||1||Boston College|
|Poole, Terry||T||6-5||300||2/27/1992||2||San Diego State|
|30||Rambo, Bacarri (FA)||FS||6-0||211||6/27/1990||5||Georgia|
|Saint Fleur, Joby||DE||6-5||245||11/22/1992||R||Northwestern Oklahoma State|
|87||Scott, Rashawn||WR||6-2||204||1/29/1992||1||Miami (Fla.)|
|Stringfellow, Damore'ea||WR||6-2||219||10/18/1994||R||Ole Miss|
|17||Tannehill, Ryan||QB||6-4||216||7/27/1988||6||Texas A&M|
|Taylor, Vincent||DT||6-3||310||1/5/1994||R||Oklahoma State|
|Thomas, Julius||TE||6-5||256||6/27/1988||7||Portland State|
|Timmons, Lawrence||LB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||11||Florida State|
|67||Tunsil, Laremy||G||6-5||316||8/2/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|91||Wake, Cameron||DE||6-3||263||1/30/1982||9||Penn State|
|Watts, Brandon||LB||6-2||231||1/21/1991||3||Georgia Tech|
|94||Williams, Mario (FA)||DE||6-6||300||1/31/1985||12||NC State|
|Young, Sam||T||6-8||320||6/24/1987||8||Notre Dame|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Despite possessing status as Miami's No. 2 tight end behind Dion Sims, Gray was almost exclusively contained to special teams work on Sunday. This is nothing new as the converted college quarterback has only been involved in the passing attack in games this season when both Sims and Jordan Cameron (concussion) sat out (forcing Gray to start). With Cameron an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, there's a chance Gray will maintain his current slotting on the depth chart in 2017, but his role in the offense is unlikely to change considering the Dolphins' indifference towards featuring tight ends.
Misi underwent spinal fusion surgery after suffering a neck injury early in 2016 and was anticipating being cleared by May. However, that time came and went without Misi getting the thumbs up from a team doctor. The Dolphins likely would have cut him instead of restructuring his contract this offseason if they weren't optimistic he'll be able to play in 2017, but his impending availability is nonetheless far from guaranteed.
Mathews, a former BYU product, has spent time as a practice squad member of the Chiefs, Browns and Vikings. It'll be a crowded competition for the No. 4 spot at receiver behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills, but the 6-foot-5 Mathews has size on his side.
Howard had already amassed 28 tackles throughout the first four weeks of the season before going down with a knee injury, so his return should be a boost for the Dolphins' secondary unit.
Fasano previously spent five seasons (2008-12) in Miami, where he cemented his reputation as one of the league's better in-line blocking tight ends. He had a career-low eight receptions last season in Tennessee, despite playing in all 16 games for the sixth time in his 11-year career. With recently-acquired Julius Thomas serving as the receiving threat, Fasano's role in Miami will he heavily tilted toward the blocking side.
Branch performed well for Miami in 2016, recording 49 tackles, including 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. The specifics of his contract haven't been released, but he'll likely be locked up with the team for at least the next few years. He'll figure to again start for the team at defensive end.
Abdul-Quddus suffered nerve damage in his neck and shoulder prior to being placed on injured reserve in December. At this point it is unclear if he'll ever play again. Neck injuries are not taken lightly and he'll have to make a full recovery in order for teams to look at signing the safety. Miami may need to prioritize the safety position in free agency and the draft now that the team will be without Abdul-Quddus, who was second with 78 tackles in 2016.
Drake mostly just served as a change-of-pace option in his rookie campaign, taking a back seat to lead runner Jay Ajayi while also competing with Damien Williams for touches. With Ajayi seemingly locked in as the workhorse and Williams set to become a restricted free agent, Drake's shot at an expanded role may depend largely on his ability to contribute on passing downs. He should at least have a key role on special teams, after returning 13 kickoffs for 397 yards (30.5 average) and a touchdown last season.
Williams contract is worth around $1.8 million for the 2017 season. He held out from signing for two months after he was initially tendered, but it doesn't appear as though he had any better offers. He figures to be in the backup mix in Miami behind Jay Ajayi this season.
The No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Parker seemingly has been hampered by injuries and questionable conditioning more than his total of three missed games in two seasons suggests. Dolphins coach Adam Gase hinted that the 24-year-old wideout didn't pay enough attention to details the past two years while attempting to coast on the talent that made him an early pick. Parker seems to get the message that he'll need a more dedicated approach if he wants to venture beyond mediocrity and into stardom, as he revamped his diet, sleep schedule and preventative injury work during the offseason. Parker shouldn't have too much trouble topping last season's 90 targets if he stays healthy, but there are still concerns about workload upside in an offense which also features Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, RB Jay Ajayi and TE Julius Thomas. Should he truly reach his potential, Parker could push ahead of Landry as the team's top target and quickly put those questions to rest .
The final numbers look more than adequate from a fantasy perspective, but three untimely mistakes ultimately defined Moore's afternoon and sealed the Dolphins' fate. Moore lost the handle on a late second-quarter sack by James Harrison deep in Steelers territory, and then repeated the dubious feat on the opening possession of the third quarter when he was separated from the ball by Mike Mitchell at the Steelers' 42. The veteran signal-caller then failed to see Ryan Shazier on a pass over the middle for Jarvis Landry on the next possession, leading to an interception and return by the former to Dolphins' 25-yard line. Moore otherwise hung tough on a day when he was brought down five times overall and hit on many other occasions, including one instance when he had to leave the game for one play after a hard hit by Bud Dupree. Although he ultimately couldn't get his team past the opening postseason game, Moore once again validated his reputation as one of the NFL's most capable backups with his performance over the last three weeks of the regular season and Sunday's contest.
Smith wasn't picked during the 2017 NFL Draft, but the Dolphins are going to give him a shot as an undrafted free agent after signing him to a contract. In his senior campaign with Michigan, Smith carried the ball 180 times for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns. While he could provide depth as a big, bruising back that can fight through tackles, his overall speed may hurt his chances of making the final roster.
Considering Williams' poor 2016 season, during which he recorded only 1.5 sacks and was eventually replaced as a starter by Andre Branch, it is not surprising to see him get the axe. He would have been owed $10.5 million against the cap in 2017, of which the Dolphins save $8.5 million by releasing him. With Williams gone, Branch could yet again be called upon to start on the Dolphins defensive line.
McMillan (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) is a former top recruit who proved a standout performer in a tough Ohio State defense, finishing the 2016 season with 102 tackles, including seven for a loss. With 4.61-second speed, McMillan profiles as an eventual three-down player for the Dolphins.
Johnson appeared in six games with the Jaguars during his rookie season in 2014, but he's bounced around since then without landing on an active roster. He'll have an opportunity throughout the upcoming offseason to prove himself in Miami.
The report further claimed, per a source, that there was no physical violence with his girlfriend, but that his phone was smashed.
Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.
This is an interesting signing for the Dolphins, considering that McDonald is suspended for the first eight games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. The 26-year-old recorded 64 tackles, two interceptions and a sack last season with the Rams. He figures to serve as a reserve safety and possible special-teams contributor once he returns from his suspension in early November.
Over the past 10 seasons with the Steelers, Timmons established himself as a leader on defense, only missing two games in his career. In Miami, he'll play alongside linebackers Kiko Alonso (thumb) and Koa Misi (neck). Last season Timmons recorded 114 tackles (78 solo), five pass deflections, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble through 16 games.
The Dolphins let go of Earl Mitchell earlier in the offseason to free up cap space, leaving a starting defensive tackle job up for the taking. While Phillips has indeed shown flashes of becoming an impact player the past two seasons, the 2015 second-rounder has also performed poorly at times, and will therefore need to prove that he can operate at a consistently effective level in order to maintain the first-string gig.
Harris was take in the first-round this past May and so far, so good. He has been in the backfield on a consistent basis and has been the Dolphins best defensive player so far this offseason. If Harris were to continue this type of play, he could push Williams Hayes for the starting job at right defensive end.
Butler is being prepared to play as Misi looks to be a game time decision. He has only been with the team for a little over two weeks but the team has been anxious to see what he can do with an expanded role and they just might get to see it Thursday.
Watts sat out the team's first two preseason contests with an undisclosed injury and only saw limited action in the third game, not recording any tackles. It remains to be seen if he'll make the 53-man roster, if he does it'll likely be due to special teams play rather than for his linebacker play, since he's played with the third team defense.
Williams hasn't had much success in his career, but, if Week 1 is any indication, 2016 could be his best. He had just nine tackles since being drafted in 2013, all of which came last season. He's one of the primary backups at defensive end in Kansas City and will likely continue to see a mild number of snaps each week.
The 2016 sixth-round selection logged only 19 offensive snaps as a rookie, buried on the wideout depth chart behind Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and (at times) fellow rookie Leonte Carroo. Listed at only 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, Grant primarily contributed on special teams, returning 19 kicks for 439 yards and 20 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown. With Landry, Parker, and Stills all returning, Grant will have to compete with Carroo and Rashawn Scott for the No. 4 and 5 receiver spots. In the event of an injury to one of Miami's top-3 wideouts, Carroo would be the best bet to step into a regular role. Grant likely will need to earn his keep as a return specialist and occasional gadget player.
Rambo enters his fourth season in the league after a 2015 campaign with the Bills in which he appeared in 15 games and racked up 58 tackles (44 solo), one sack, one interception, six passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. He figures to serve as Walt Aikens' backup at strong safety.
Duarte didn't appear in any games as an undrafted rookie with the Dolphins in 2016, though he was on the active roster for a few weeks. He'll look to make the opening week roster and see some on-field action in 2017.
Tankersley was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft this past April and is considered to be a work in progress at this point in time. Miami coaches believe he is playing to "stiff" which will limit his ability to change directions and stick with a receiver. Tankersley could still see work when the Dolphins are in their nickel defense but probably won't start to open the season.
The Dolphins surrendered a 2017 third- and fourth-round pick in order to take Carroo in the third round of last year's draft, but in 2016 the Rutgers product hardly looked like a prospect worth trading up for. Rather, he caught just three passes on six targets for 29 yards and a score while falling as low as No. 6 on the depth chart along the way, behind not only Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills, but 2016 sixth-rounder Jakeem Grant and the undrafted Rashawn Scott as well. It's encouraging to hear that Carroo is stepping up his game this offseason -- at least off the field -- but he has a lot more to prove in order to secure the No. 4 receiver job and may even need to chip in on special teams if he wants any kind of regular role at all this upcoming season.
Thomas was traded to Miami this offseason after catching just 30 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in nine games for the Jaguars last year. While that marked Thomas' worst production since his 2011 rookie year, it was also his second straight underwhelming campaign since Jacksonville signed him to a five-year, $46 million contract. Of course, that deal was the reward for back-to-back 12-touchdown campaigns in Denver, which put Thomas at the forefront of fantasy radars at the time. In reuniting with then-Broncos offensive coordinator and now-Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, Thomas seems to have a decent chance of rebounding this season, but indications that he's yet to establish a consistent rapport with Tannehill raises some concern whether that will happen.
A 2014 sixth-round selection, Fales will be reunited with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who served as the Bears' offensive coordinator in 2015 while Fales was with the team. The 26-year-old quarterback made his first career regular-season appearance in Week 17 last season, attempting five passes at the end of a blowout. He's a long shot to make it through final cuts, as the Dolphins have one of the NFL's top backup quarterbacks in Matt Moore.
Suh didn't participate in the first half of the program earlier this spring as is his right in the CBA. The good news is that he has completely recovered from knee surgery and should once again be one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.
Landry carries a base salary of $893,850 as he enters the final season of his rookie contract, and while it sounds as if negotiations haven't really started, the Dolphins likely will approach him with an offer in the coming months. If no deal is reached, the team could keep him around next offseason with the franchise tag, which likely would cost around $15 million -- an unprecedented salary for a possession receiver who primarily operates from the slot. The Dolphins probably hope to avoid such a scenario, though it's possible the team would be comfortable with that figure, as Landry can make a strong argument that he's the NFL's top slot receiver. He seems to have maintained a good relationship with the team, never threatening to holdout at any point this offseason. Expect the two sides to eventually agree on a multi-year deal, be it this offseason or next.
Barrow was waived with an injury designation in the preseason and reverted to IR after clearing waivers. He could latch on with a team in need of special teams help or depth at linebacker.
A fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Cameron emerged in a big way during the 2013 season, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for an otherwise unremarkable Cleveland team. He's subsequently been hampered by a series of concussions, which arguably impacted his play even when he was healthy. Cameron acknowledged as much in his retirement statement, saying he had started thinking about the concussions while on the field. He'll wisely put his long-term health above the possibility of squeezing out a few more seasons, hanging up his cleats at the age of 28. The Dolphins have already moved on, acquiring pass-catching tight end Julius Thomas in a February trade with the Jaguars.
Alonso agreed to a first-round tender with the team earlier in the month but it's no secret the two sides have been trying to reach a long-term deal throughout the offseason. The fifth-year linebacker, who led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season while adding six tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble, will now be staying in South Beach through the 2020 season.
That comes out to a 76.2% success rate which is well below the norm in today's NFL. Franks has a big leg but only attempted two FG over 50-yards this season which could lead you to wonder if the coaching staff just doesn't trust him. Franks was 41-42 on extra point attempts but that won't be enough to solidify his job for next season.
Hull played in all 16 games for Miami last season, registering one start and recording 33 tackles and an interception. He'll figure to be a backup linebacker again in 2017, but he could see a slightly increased role on defense.
Pouncey hasn't taken part in OTAs in any capacity this offseason due to a recurring hip injury. Instead, he's been doing rehab work on the sidelines while his teammates are on the field. The goal is for Pouncey to play an entire 16-game slate in 2017, so don't expect the Dolphins to let him suit up until he's 100-percent healthy, and if that means starting him off on the PUP list to begin training camp, so be it.
Perry hasn't appeared in an NFL regular season game since his rookie season in 2014 with the Bears, but he'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in Miami throughout the upcoming offseason.
McCain was able to practice in full during the week and likely won't be limited Saturday. He's expected start opposite Tony Lippett once again.
There was a school of thought that Fede would be best used on the inside but for now that plan has been scratched. Fede will have a difficult time getting on the field with Cameron Wake and Charles Harris among several ends that will be ahead of him on the depth chart.
The 35-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, as recorded 29 tackles to go along with 11.5 sacks through 16 games last season. He'll remain a staple of the Miami defense for at least the next two seasons.
Doughty's release leaves the Dolphins with just two options at quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore, while the team had to make room for defensive tackle Chris Jones who they signed Wednesday. Given he clears waivers, Doughty figures to be added to Miami's practice squad in hopes they can keep him as part of the organization moving forward. The rookie is expected to get another shot at an NFL roster in the future.
Stills missed the final two days of OTAs due to an unspecified injury, but he's back in action for the first day of mandatory minicamp. He's set to reprise his role as a modest-volume deep threat, playing alongside Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in the three-wide formations that comprise most of Miami's offense.
Ajayi broke out to the tune of 1,272 rushing yards, eight touchdowns and a Pro-Bowl selection last season, but he caught just 27 passes for 151 yards in the process. In an effort to elevate his game further, the 2015 fifth-rounder has pinpointed his receiving skills for improvement this offseason. To his credit, Ajayi reportedly already appears more fluid in his route running this year, which bodes well for an uptick in production. Along with featuring on more third downs, the fact that Ajayi is the Dolphins' unquestioned starter this season -- compared to not earning that role until Week 5 last term -- certainly seems to favor his stock.
The backup tight end will thus close out the regular season on the sidelines, with Dion Sims and MarQueis Gray helming the position once again.
Maxwell missed the final two games of the regular season as well as the Dolphins' lone playoff appearance due to an unspecified ankle issue. It isn't clear if he required corrective surgery this offseason or what his rehab regimen entails, but it doesn't appear as if Maxwell will miss a beat this offseason in regard to preparation for the 2017 campaign.
Taylor (6-foot-3, 304 pounds) looks like a very nice pick for Miami here. He totaled 21.5 tackles for loss over the last two years at Oklahoma State, and at the Combine he showed encouraging athletic metrics -- his 5.07-second 40, 108-inch broad jump, and 7.58-second three-cone drill were all good for his size.
Chekwa signed on with Miami in early October, but didn't register in the box score during any game. However, he went down with a hamstring injury Sunday against the Jets and appears to be sidelined for an uncertain period of time.
Tunsil missed last week's OTAs along with the first day of minicamp on Tuesday, but was back in uniform Wednesday. He may be held to certain limitations throughout the remainder of minicamp, but this bodes well for his chance at returning to full health by the time training camp rolls around.
Jones had a brief holdout last year during offseason activities, unhappy with the terms of his team-friendly contract that had two years remaining. Despite missing the final 10 games of last season with a torn rotator cuff, he finally gets the deal he has wanted all along, becoming one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. The contract strongly suggests Miami isn't worried about Jones' shoulder, as reported back in February. He's expected to participate in the team's offseason program.
Tannehill missed Miami's last four games after suffering ACL and MCL sprains late last season. Given that he avoided more serious damage, the quarterback was fortunately able to avoid surgery. In doing so, his recovery timetable was shortened significantly, as coach Adam Gase revealed in March that Tannehill was already free of restrictions. Although he's expected to sport a knee brace as a precautionary measure, that seems to be the only evidence that remains from Tannehill's injury scare.
Scott was known to have missed out on the final portion of OTAs, but the injury he was tending to wasn't previously clear. The Dolphins are "hopeful" he'll be ready in time for training camp.
The Rams are also sending their seventh round pick to Miami to secure the 206th selection in the upcoming draft. Hayes, 31, is entering the second year of a three-year, $17.5 million contract. He'll add depth at defensive end for the Dolphins, but the team's edge depth will likely result in a reduction in snaps for Hayes in 2017.
Lucas appears to have cemented his role as a depth corner in Miami. Despite overcoming the leg injury that he suffered back in early August, the Penn State product is not expected to take on a bigger role with the defense this season.
A rookie in 2016, Pitts had three tackles in eight appearances. He'll be a depth secondary and special teams player once again in 2017, but he could earn some extra time on the field.
Allen spent the past two seasons in Oakland, but he was merely a reserve option behind first-round rookie Karl Joseph in 2016. He also dealt with a bad MCL injury throughout the year and didn't participate in the Raiders' lone playoff game due to a concussion. However, with The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reporting that Allen has returned to full strength, look for the 2010 second-rounder to compete for a starting gig now that he's with the Dolphins.