Well, the playoffs are not looking good for the Dolphins, but it does not mean the season is over. After a close lose to the Patriots last week there are some things to look for on this Dolphins roster, from rookies to players in their last year under contract. Even though they did lose to the Pats it was a very good game. There were some good things to take away from it.
Rashad Jones proved this season he was a great run stopper, helping the Dolphins be in the top ten all season against the run. But he did something that only three other people did this year, and that was pick off Tom Brady. It was not an easy interception either, covering Aaron Hernandez going up the sideline and was able to tip the ball to himself. Jones is proving he can be a leader for the Miami defense growing as a player against both the pass and the run.
Jonathan Martin will be another huge player to watch. After Jake Long was taken out Sunday, Martin moved over to left tackle to take his spot. If Martin proves he can be solid on the left side of the line the Dolphins may think twice about resigning the number one overall pick in the 2008 draft. Long is going to want big money, I cannot see the Dolphins wanting to pay him that. Yes he is possibly the best left tackle in the game but in his 5th season, where he has been the healthiest he has played the worst. It also seems like each year he misses some games with injury.
Randy Starks, who is also going to be a free agent is another one, he could get what Soliai got last year from the Phins. Starting with the franchise tag and then getting a good deal for a few years. He is a huge player for the defensive line, I can’t see Miami letting him go. Sean Smith on the other hand, is up in the air. He is going to want superstar money, but do supersta
r corners only have two interceptions on the season? Yes they are very thin at corner, but the draft could be a better choice if Smith does not want to stay for the right price.
Brian Hartline, is another player who may be a free agent at the end of the year. So far this season he has but up great numbers for a team that had “No Wide Receivers ” He has been having a career season going up against each team’s number one corner. It is a must that Hartline gets resigned. Maybe he isn’t a number one but he sure is a good receiver. If the Dolphins could sign a sure number one receiver and have him line up on the opposite side of Hartline all of a sudden the Dolphins have a pretty good receiving core.