Jerome Baker, in only his third year, has proven himself a leader for the Miami Dolphins.
5. Jerome Baker
2 total tackles, 1 solo tackle
After the Dolphins shipped off Raekwon McMillian, it was up to Baker and Eldon Roberts to hold up the middle of the field. While their jobs were made easier by the run stuffing pair of Christain Wilkins and former Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, it got a lot harder once Wilkins was put on the COVID/Reserve list two weeks ago.
The Broncos were able to run all over the Dolphins, as did the Chargers the week prior, but Baker only having 2 total tackles is not a good sign. Baker, one of the leaders on the defense, needs to step up with Van Noy hurting and Wilkins out.
Baker, who currently leads the team in tackles, needs to help more on the run game as long as Wilkins is out, and look to make more of an impact.
4. Kyle Van Noy
4 total tackles, 2 solo tackles
Van Noy has been dealing with a hip injury that has not allowed him to fully play to the best of his ability. Being one of the oldest players on the roster, and being a winner, Van Noy has been continuing to play even through the injury.
With the rise of Andrew Van Ginkel and a potent pass rush, Van Noy’s usage while hurt can be lowered. While it is vital that Van Noy get healthy for a late season run, it is also important that he continues to step up and be a leader to this young defense.