Ryan Tannehill and company will face a top-heavy test to open the 2013 season.
With the likes of the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens filling out the first four games of their schedule, it prominent that the Dolphins use every snap accountable as players must get acclimated to each other rapidly from here on out.
It may seem premature to say the Dolphins will have a strong season due to their first heavy-loaded foes, but if they can somehow escape with a 3-2 record (their opener against the Cleveland Browns added to the mix) heading into the bye week, they should be in good hands going into the second half of the 2013 campaign.
The problem with speculating that Joe Philbin’s team will be ready for a true test is how new and rebuilt the team is. South Florida still has many questions that need to be answered like: Can Tannehill be the quarterback that the Dolphins want him to be, especially now with the new acquisitions? How will the wide receiving core shape up? Can Lamar Miller be their effective franchise running back? Dion Jordan, how healthy is he and does he deserve to be on the other side of Cameron Wake?
One positive side of the spectrum is their Hall of Fame game appearance against the Dallas Cowboys. Miami must use this opportunity as investment for the upcoming season. All of their starters including Tannehill, Wallace, Miller, Jordan, Wake, Brent Grimes and others will have to compete for at least a quarter or two to get a feel for what each one can bring to the table.
Most of these questions and expectations will not be answered on August 4, but will give Dolphin fans and the rest of the league hints on if the team is headed into a positive franchise transformation.