The Miami Dolphins will use defensive ends at defensive tackle and tackles on the outside as well to give them the best opportunities. Today we look strictly at the DEs on the roster.
Five players are listed as defensive ends currently but that could change and it really doesn’t define where they play or how they contribute. Rookie Jaelan Phillips is listed as a linebacker and while Jason Strowbridge is listed as an end, he also has lined up inside.
Adam Butler only gets the designation of defensive lineman so we will talk about him in our final wrap of the positional rankings when we do the interior defensive trench workers.
Nick Coe: Coe has no NFL experience in games and will need to be really impressive to catch attention from the coaching staff.
Tyshun Render: Render played in one game last year for the Dolphins but didn’t record any stats. He has potential but still needs to show improvement this year.
Jonathan Ledbetter: Did not play last season and had one game, which he started, in 2019. He recorded four tackles and one QB hit.
Jason Strowbridge: Strowbridge gets a narrow nod over Ledbetter because he has 8 games of experience. He has three tackles on his resume. Last year’s draft pick has a lot to prove and most of his play has come on special team’s defense.
Emmanuel Ogbah: Ogbah will be a free agent after this year but it is easy to see why he is the best out of this unit. He has five years of experience and enters his 2nd season with the Dolphins. Miami lacks a lot of depth at defensive end but they tend to use the linebackers up more often and that is where Phillips’ role will be.
The defensive end position is a far cry from what it used to be but the shifting of focus in the Brian Flores scheme is the reason.