With the Miami Dolphins roster being cut down to 53 players last Saturday, the Miami Dolphins head into week one against a difficult division rival in the New England Patriots. The home and season opener for the Miami Dolphins is quickly approaching, as we are only 5 days away from another Miami Dolphins season. Earlier today, the Miami Dolphins had released their week one depth chart in accordance to the game on Sunday.
As we found out on Saturday, the Miami Dolphins are taking a slightly different approach on offense keeping only two quarterbacks on the 53 man roster, along with four running backs. One of the most notable moves on the depth chart is at the running back position, where Lamar Miller will take the first team offense ahead of newly acquired Knowshon Moreno.
Secondly, the offensive line has a few notable moves on the depth chart, including guard Shelley Smith, starting over Dallas Thomas at right guard. On the opposing side at the guard position stand Daryn Colledge, backed up by rookie Billy Turner. Rounding out the offensive line, Ja’waun James and Branden Albert will start at right and left tackle respectively, and Samson Satele will start the season giving snaps to Ryan Tannehill.
|QB||Ryan Tannehill||Matt Moore|
|RB||Lamar Miller||Knowshon Moreno||Damien Williams||Orleans Darkwa|
|WR 1||Mike Wallace||Rishard Matthews|
|TE||Charles Clay||Dion Sims||Harold Hoskins|
|LT||Branden Albert||Nate Garner|
|LG||Daryn Colledge||Billy Turner|
|C||Samson Satele||Mike Pouncey|
|RG||Shelley Smith||Dallas Thomas|
|RT||Ja'waun James||Jason Fox|
|WR 2||Brian Hartline|
|WR 3||Brandon Gibson||Jarvis Landry|
On the defensive side of the ball there are not too many changes compared to last year in terms of the starting defense, except for the four game suspension of safety Reshad Jones, and the newly acquired safety Louis Delmas, cornerback Cortland Finnegan, and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell.
Starting on the opposing side of pro bowl cornerback Brent Grimes is the former St. Louis Ram Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan looks to make his Miami Dolphins regular season debut in Miami on Sunday, and ultimately shut down Tom Brady’s passing offense.
Starting in place of suspended Reshad Jones is safety Jimmy Wilson, who will likely start the first four games of the season there, until Reshad Jones comes back from his PED suspension.
|LDE||Cameron Wake||Derrick Shelby|
|DT||Randy Starks||Anthony Johnson|
|RDE||Oliver Vernon||Terrence Fede|
|LB||Phillip Wheeler||Jonathon Freeny||Chris McCain|
|LB||Koa Misi||Jason Trusnik|
|LB||Dannell Ellerbe||Jelani Jenkins||Jordan Tripp|
|CB||Brent Grimes||Jamar Taylor|
|CB||Cortland Finnegan||Will Davis||Sammy Seamster|
|S||Louis Delmas||Michael Thomas|
|S||Jimmy Wilson||Walt Aikens||Brandian Ross|
In terms of special teams, the Miami Dolphins are changing their punt/kick returning duties compared to last season in the wake of cutting Marcus Thigpen. Jarvis Landry will be assigned these duties for the season opener on Monday, as Landry looks to make an impact in his rookie year.
Besides the kick returning changes, the Dolphins special teams depth is closely comparable to last season. Caleb Sturgis will resume his kicking duties following an offseason hamstring injury.
|PR||Jarvis Landry||Rishard Matthews||Brent Grimes|
|KR||Jarvis Landry||Damien Williams||Orleans Darkwa|