Camp battles, Miami edition

The continued development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill is anticipated. The harmony Tannehill has with new receivers Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings will be under the microscope. Slot receiver Jarvis Landry put on a show in OTAs which put him in the No. 3 receiver spot on the depth chart.  Rishard Matthews will have to step up now that first-round draft pick DeVante Parker is out for most of the summer. Jennings has been signed Matthews will have to really bring it in training camp.

Miami’s potentially potent offense will be nothing if they don’t come to form and show their true muscle.  Veteran left tackle Branden Albert is still a question mark.  Don’t know how his knee is going to hold up after knee surgery back in November.  Dolphins also brought back offensive lineman Jason Fox in case Albert can’t go.  The guard spots is a revolving door of players trying to fill in; battling for the two starting spots are among Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas, Jeff Linkenbach, Jacques McClendon and rookie Jamil Douglas.

The question isn’t who will line up in the defensive tackle position but rather who gets to play alongside newly signed Ndamukong Suh?  It’s no doubt that all eyes will be on Suh with every defensive snap this season, but the battle for his running mate is on notice.  Earl Mitchell appears to have the job locked up, but A.J. Francis, Anthony Johnson, rookie second-round pick Jordan Phillips and newly signed C.J. Mosley will all be looking to give him some competition.

The Dolphins have so much confidence in middle linebacker Koa Misi they decided not to make any moves in the offseason, in the draft or free agency.  With Jelani Jenkins on one side of Misi, the Dolphins have a battle for the third starting outside linebacker spot between second year players Chris McCain and Jordan Tripp.

Jamar Taylor is sitting in as the starter opposite Brent Grimes at the cornerback spot, but it is not written in stone. He will have to prove that he is both an NFL quality corner and that he can stay on the field.

No one should overreact to anything that happens, just hope that these guys can stay in good health throughout training camp. If none of the Dolphins are severely scarred heading into camp, then their optimism should be higher than it has been in recent memory.

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