Miami Dolphins: Awards for the first half of the 2022 season

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Most Pleasant Surprise: Raheem Mostert

I think that both Kader Kohou and Duke Riley would need some serious consideration for the most pleasant surprise on the defensive side of the ball, but we’re going to go with Raheem Mostert for this one.

Not only did most people write Mostert off as a depth piece, many rightfully worried about his health and whether or not he’d be available for a full season. But so far in 2022, he has been the feature back for the Dolphins. His numbers won’t jump off of the page, as he has 472 total yards through eight games, and his 4.5 yards per carry is on par with Austin Ekeler and Derrick Henry, and higher than Jonathan Taylor and Alvin Kamara.

The Dolphins have yet to get their running game fully off of the ground, but Mostert has done more than enough in keeping the unit afloat during the first half of the season.

Biggest Disappointment: Cedrick Wilson Jr.

There have been a handful of players whose performance has been underwhelming so far, but there are two that stand out more than most given their free agent statuses. Both Chase Edmonds and Cedrick Wilson Jr. have had their issues after signing new contracts in the off season, but the latter has been the outright leader in the clubhouse when it comes to disappointment.

Through eight games, Wilson Jr. has just 4 catches, and is a part of the platoon of wide receivers behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle that has failed to produce anything of note. But Trent Sherfield had more yards against the Steelers than Wilson Jr. has all season, and at least River Cracraft has touchdowns to his name. It may be time to cut ties with the guy that was supposed to be the third wide receiver.