10 big headlines from Dolphins 2017 year

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Raekwon McMillan

Miami’s 2016 season was marred by poor linebacker play so when the Dolphins had the chance to improve the unit, they started with the draft and linebacker Raekwon McMillan.

Taken in round two of the draft, McMillan showed up for training camp and looked to be ready to make an immediate impact. The Dolphins coaches were seeing enough in McMillan to pencil him in as the starter at middle linebacker.

The move put Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso on the outsides. Already having lost Koa Misi to IR, the Dolphins were thin at linebacker but McMillan was showing signs of quick progression.

On the first kick-off of the teams first pre-season game, McMillan took a shot to the knee from one of his own special teams players and tore his ACL thus ending his season before it started.

Miami shifted their linebackers around but the 2016 unit could not improve. Miami however had bigger issues to deal with at the position.