C.J. Mosley’s time in New York has not been what anyone expected when he signed his 5 year $85 million contract a few seasons ago. He has struggled to be on the field because of injury and he opted out last season because of COVID. This year, however, Mosley has done a decent job getting back into form and proving to the league why many considered him to be a top inside linebacker in the league.
On the year, he has 71 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble (stats courtesy of ESPN.com). These numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page, but Mosley has done a commendable job manning the middle of Robert Salah’s new defensive scheme.
Mosley is a good, athletic linebacker who has made a name for himself because of his ability to diagnose plays, especially when it comes to his opponent’s running game. He is solid in pass coverage, although he is not the most effective linebacker when it comes to covering hyper athletic players coming across the middle of the field. Miami would be wise to use it’s speedier receivers or Mike Gesicki to try and out-athletic Mosley to limit his impact.
When it comes to the run, Miami’s offensive line (them again, huh?) will need to do a good job with their assignments when they are running the ball. Even though Miami’s running game hasn’t been great this season, it has taken at least a little bit of pressure off of Tua to do it all himself, which is one of the reasons the Dolphins have this win streak to begin with. Miami will need to keep Mosley, and all the players on this list, from disrupting the game-plan if they want to keep the streak alive.