Andrew Van Ginkel
This is another one of my favorite players to write about. Andrew Van Ginkel exploded onto the scene in 2020 and seemed to always come up with the big play. Some fans see him as a Vince Biegel duplicate-just a high effort guy-but AVG is so much more than that. He is extremely gifted athletically, and has clearly been working on his craft since entering the league.
Much like Hunt, AVG was one of the best players at his position down the stretch last year. In the final eight games of the season, his pressure rate (17%) ranked 9th among all edge players and his sack rate (3.2%) was 6th. Also, when he received a higher snap count, his numbers didn’t fall off. The more involved in the defense he was, the better he played.
Van Ginkel is also the most well rounded pass rusher on the Miami Dolphins. His cross chop isn’t as good as Ogbah’s and he doesn’t have the length and size of Jaelan Phillips, but he has a number of ways to get the job done. He can vary up his game enough that tackles will have to stay alert all game.
It’s no surprise that Andrew Van Ginkel looks even better this training camp. His year one to year two jump was incredible, so his year two to year three jump could be just as impressive. Van Ginkel is a versatile defender, so its difficult to know exactly how the coaches plan to use him. Either way, fans can rest assured that AVG will make the most of his snaps in 2021.