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Welcome to the latest edition of PhanMail Friday, where we answer all of your Miami Dolphins questions. This week we take a look back at Dolphins legends of the past and look to the future for what is in store this season.
Q: With his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Jason Taylor the greatest defensive player in Dolphins history? Ben- New York City
A: Despite their illustrious history, the Dolphins only have eight players in the Hall of Fame who played the majority of their careers in Miami. Among these greats only linebacker Nick Buoniconti played on the defensive side of the ball. It is always tough to compare players from vastly different eras, Buoniconti was a major part of the undefeated 1972 team and his place in team history is unquestioned. However given his incredible contributions over 13 seasons in Miami it is hard to argue against Taylor being the greatest defensive player in Dolphins history.
Q: What was the early impression of Jay Cutler in his first action with the team? Alex- Miami Beach
It is hard to analyze Cutler in such limited action, overall the first team offense looked uneven. There were numerous false starts and it was hard to get a rhythm offensively. Cutler looked comfortable and the tempo was quick, he had a very nice strike to DeVante Parker under pressure.
Cutler finished completing 3 out of 6 passes for 24 yards, anticipate him seeing extended action in the Dolphins next preseason game versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Typically the third preseason game is a dress rehearsal for the starters and they will see a lot more playing time.
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Q: There was finally a Julius Thomas sighting, what has been the story with him? Al- Brooklyn
Julius Thomas has been missing in action thus far through camp and the first two preseason games. You haven’t really heard anything bad, but you definitely haven’t heard anything great either. While it is still early in the preseason and Thomas is adjusting to his new team, it seems like Thomas has a long way to go to be where the Dolphins expect. Miami is counting on a bounce back year from Thomas, and like Jay Cutler his familiarity with Adam Gase’s offense should give him an advantage. The number one tight end job is his to lose and if he doesn’t step up guys like MarQueis Gray and even Anthony Fasano are waiting in the wings for an opportunity.
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