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Analyzing Jets Rivals: A Look at Offseason Moves by Miami Dolphins

Laremy Tunsil  (Joel Auerbach / Getty Images)

Laremy Tunsil (Joel Auerbach / Getty Images)


After taking a look at the offseason moves of the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills earlier this week, let’s round off the three part series by examining the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins finished in las place in the AFC East last season with a 6-10 record.

Miami had a rather interesting draft night as they drafted Leremy Tunsil with the 13th overall pick. Tunsil is an OT from Ole Miss. Tunsil was originally supposed to go higher in the draft but he fell a few picks because a photo surfaced online of Tunsil wearing a gas mask while smoking a bong. This could go down as the steal of the draft if Tunsil stays out of trouble because he could have gone in the top five.

In free agency, the Dolphins signed veteran DE Mario Williams who played the last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills to a two year deal. Williams is 31 years old and only had five sacks last year, which is way down from previous years. In his first three years with the Bills, he had 10.5 sacks in 2012, 13 sacks in 2013, 13.5 sacks in 2014. His number of tackles were down last year as well from 42 combined tackles in 2014 to 19 combined tackles last year. Williams is a durable player however as he appeared in all but one game in four years with the Bills.

Also on the defensive side of the ball, Miami released veteran CB Brent Grimes who has played the last three seasons with the Dolphins. Grimes has 26 career interceptions, 13 of which have come in the past three seasons with Miami. Grimes just signed a new deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Offensively, they signed RB C.J. Anderson to a four year deal. The former Bronco has played three NFL seasons in his career and he is off to a pretty good start. In the past two years (he didn’t play much his rookie year in 2012), he has had a total of 331 attempts for a total of 1,569 yards to go along with 13 rushing touchdowns. And keep in mind, he was playing behind Peyton Manning over the past couple of years. He is also capable of catching passes out of the back field as he had 59 receptions in the past two years.

Not too many additions/subtractions, but definitely some notable ones. None of the AFC East teams this year made a lot of major moves like the Jets did last year. The way I see it, the Patriots will win the division, the Jets will get second place, and the Bills and Dolphins will duke it out for third.

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