The Miami Dolphins had a lot of roster turnover again this year but eight players that are no longer with the team will be opponents in 2021.
When the 2021 season begins, the Dolphins will see eight players from the 2020 roster during the year. Those eight players helped Miami get to 10 wins and now, they will be trying to stop them from getting a single victory.
The players are spread over four teams and it will be interesting to see who starts and who doesn’t. Of those four teams, two are division rivals.
Four players from the 2020 season are still unsigned and remain free agents. Those players are Isaiah Wilson, DeAndre Washington, Isaiah Ford, and Jake Rudock. I believe that Rudock will be added before training camp so the Dolphins have an extra arm for practices. While they could still be added to a roster before the season begins, these are the former players from 2020 that Miami could face in 2021.
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The New England Patriots will carry three former Miami Dolphins from last year but two of them really don’t count. While Kyle Van Noy and Ted Karras both were with the Dolphins last season, the reality is they were always Patriots, to begin with so losing them to New England was always likely. Davon Godchaux on the other hand wasn’t given a new contract with the Dolphins and signed to provide depth with the Patriots. He can be good but he is also inconsistent.
In Buffalo, two former Miami Dolphins players will line up next year against the team. Punter Matt Haack and running back Matt Breida. It will be interesting to see if the Bills use Breida in a way that the Dolphins could not. He has a lot of talent and is fast but Miami couldn’t find a use for him despite a terrible running game early on last year.
As for Matt Haack, well as Dolphins fans know, the wildly inconsistent punter struggles at times, and in Buffalo is going to face incredible winds and we should probably see quite a few shanks.
In week four, the Dolphins will play the Colts and if Julie’n Davenport can make their roster, the former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman will face off against the Dolphins defense.
Finally, in week nine, the Dolphins will play the Texans and this is where former Texans LB Bernardrick McKinney will square off against his former team but so will Kamu Grugier-Hill who played for the Dolphins last season. In addition, the Dolphins will face Shaq Lawson who they traded to Houston for McKinney.