With fan oriented Pro-Bowl voting now available, I figured it would be an excellent time to take a look at Pro-Bowl worthy players on the Miami Dolphins roster.
Although Miami’s offense is not over-powering with “stars”, the Dolphins do possess a few players putting together seasons worth consideration…
Running Back – Reggie Bush – Six games into the season, Bush is boasting a stat line of 98 carries for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns – good for an excellent 4.4 yard per carry average. Bush has also been involved in the passing game, reeling in 17 receptions for 140 yards. Obviously, Bush is the focal point of the Miami offense – which explains why he is putting together the best statistical season of his career. After resting up through Miami’s well timed bye week, Bush should be close to 100 percent and the running back we saw for the first two weeks of the season. Bush must be among the league leaders in yards and touchdowns for any consideration.
Wide Receiver – Brian Hartline – Hartline has started five of Miami’s six games this season, while reeling in 29 receptions for 514 yards and 1 touchdown – good for a 17.7 yard per reception average. Hartline is Miami’s “number one target” – although Head Coach Joe Philbin does not believe in having a number one, two and three guy. Hartline needs to get himself open if he has any hopes of being considered for the Pro-Bowl.
Wide Receiver – Davone Bess – Mr. Third-Down himself has started all six games this season, while reeling in 28 receptions for 388 yards – good for a 13.9 yard per reception average. Bess has been the only consistent receiver in Miami this season. The fifth-year pro is on pace to have one of his best statistical seasons of his career – the only knock on Bess is that he MUST catch some touchdowns (zero so far).
Left Tackle – Jake Long – Long is regarded as one of the league’s elite offensive linemen – some believe he is the best. Long is putting together another solid season – although he has had a few struggles here and there. Long must continue to keep rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill standing up right – Oh, and make some holes for his running backs.
Center – Mike Pouncey – If there is any lock to make the Pro-Bowl on this roster right now, it would be Pouncey. Miami’s stud center has been the team’s best offensive lineman this season, arguably the team’s best offensive player. Pouncey has held his own against some of the league’s elite defensive lineman, and has cut down on snapping miscues – does any one else remember the Dallas game last season? Keep it up!