Houston Makeover Vs Dallas Rookie Takes Over

Houston Makeover Vs Dallas Rookie Takes Over by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Samantha Holt

The Preseason is winding down and we’re now a week away from the start of the season. You’re all deep into draft mode or have already completed your drafts. I have 2-3 drafts left, I can’t remember because I over committed this season. It’s like I’d rather spend all my free time on football than anything else. Not a bad thing, just means this is the time of year when my friends know I’m unavailable on Sundays (and Mondays.. and Thursdays..).

This week I want to focus on the Texas teams. I’ve been wanting to tackle the makeover in Houston and the hype in Dallas for a while now. Arguably, the Houston Texans have sustained the biggest overhaul this offseason. After the QB shuffle they had last season, they went for it with signing Brock Osweiler. They moved on from Arian Foster signing Lamar Miller, who’s been frustratingly under utilized in Miami. Finally, they picked up some talented rookies in WR Will Fuller & RB Tyler Ervin. Meanwhile in Dallas, we have the much hyped first round pick, crop top legend,  Ezekiell Elliott. We also have the sad reality that Tony Romo may need to consider retirement after sustaining another injury. Followed up the the new hype train of the rookie Dak Prescott.

Brocklobster Time

Osweiler is the shiny new QB the Texans have been looking for. Despite only having 8 career starts, he’s been in the league 4 years and been learning from under one of the greatest to ever play the game, Peyton Manning. If Manning’s attention to detail has rubbed off at all on Osweiller, you can bet that Brock will the be classic “student of the game”.  He’ll eager to learn and live up to the needs in Houston. It also helps having the incredible talent of DeAndre Hopkins as your #1 WR and the newly signed, seasoned vet in Lamar Miller behind you. Agree with all the hype or not, but you can not deny the fact this move does anything but help the offense in Houston. Let’s hope Brock is able to break the trend of QB uncertainty in Houston. I’m drafting Brock in 2 QB leagues as a late round pick, because why not? He’s throwing to Hopkins, can’t be that bad right?

QB Situation in Dallas

In the first few minutes of Tony Romo taking the field for his first preseason game, he goes down and stays down from a hard hit. We now know he suffered a stress fracture to his L1 vertebra and estimated return is 6-10 weeks. According to medical specialists this approximation could easily be shorter or longer. This recovery is highly symptomatic and monitored by pain the player is feeling. It is important to note this is his third back related injury. Running down his list of injuries really quick from 2008 to now: Broken pinkie, broken left collarbone, ruptured disk, two transverse process fractures, left collarbone (again), and now this. It would be sad to see Romo’s career end based on injury, but you can’t deny the thought of retirement has to be in his mind. How much more can his spine and body really take? Moving onto the Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott, who’s had a great showing this preseason. Defenses are significantly less intense in the preseason, so he has yet to be fully tested. He will get that test game 1 against  their #1 division opponent the NY Giants, upside being they’ll be at home. Am I drafting Prescott? Probably not, but I’ll be keeping an eye on his numbers to see if he’s a viable QB 2 option for 2 QB formats.

Which RB to Own  

Do you take the unproven, much hyped rookie? Or the under utilized seasoned vet? The Ezekiel Elliott vs Lamar Miller debate is an interesting one. There’s no doubt that Elliott is incredibly talented. However rookie RBs are risky. He could have an outstanding season or sustain a week 1 injury and you’ve now blown your first round pick. Elliott has already had a minor hamstring issue this off season and that’s enough to create a pause in your drafting him. Based on the beating RBs take I’m hesitant to take an untested rookie. I can agree he’s worth a late 1st round pick but I wouldn’t pick him over Todd Gurley or David Johnson.

Meanwhile you have Lamar Miller, who in many drafts is going right after or right before Elliott. Houston ran the most running plays last season of any NFL team. So you have no doubt Miller will be getting used early and often. The question: is he ready to be used this much? Is he conditioned and ready for that responsibility? Answer: I think so. He had struggled last season going unused and many chanted “Free Lamar Miller.” We know he’s talented because despite his low targets, he maximized each opportunity he had leading him to a top 10 finish last season. Miller is an obvious second round choice though I’d easily understand him going late in the first round.

Effects on Top WRs  

Now, how can we realistically expect the new QB situations in each camp effect their top wide receivers. I think both situations have a lot in common. Both QBs are brand new to their respective systems, while both have seasoned wide receivers that are very comfortable in their leading role. It’s really just a matter of the QBs not screwing it up. Prescott will likely be throwing frequently and quickly so it’s a good thing Bryant is getting back up to speed post injury and still has the hands to make brilliant catches. I do not see Bryant’s numbers going down. I see team meetings going like this:  “Dak your first job is: hand it off to Elliott. 2nd: throw the ball to Dez. That’s it. You have two jobs, don’t get fancy.”

As for DeAndre Hopkins, we know he can make beautiful music with any QB throwing to him. He had 192 targets and 111 receptions, for 11 TDs, behind only Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. Hopkins is an open and shut draft case. He’s young, talented, and will see a large volume in targets. Draft him, just do it.

The Back Ups  

The rookies and vets to keep an eye on are also draft worthy on both teams. In Houston you have the highly touted rookie Will Fuller, his deep speed has potential for numbers worthy of a late draft pick up. (Depth behind Fuller: WRs Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong.)
Terrance Williams on the other hand has seen marginal improvement season to season, and after Bryant’s foot injury last season, Williams did little to rise to the occasion.

(Depth behind Williams: Cole Beasley, Bryce Butler, Lucky Whitehead -Punt return opportunities)

Tyler Ervin is in a great position as the backup to Lamar Miller. Despite his smaller size he’s aggressive and highly athletic. His abilities in pass catching are a big help too. He leads his RB rookie class with 45 receptions from San Jose State. All making a great handcuff to Miller.

Alfred Morris has reportedly taken the lead over McFadden, and would be a worthy starting RB2 if Elliott gets hurt. He’s a must own handcuff for Elliott owners.

Check Your Draft Boards

When prepping for your draft be sure to take note of these players (if you haven’t already). Despite the hype and new situations surrounding a lot of them, there is no denying they’re worth owning. If you’re lucky enough to pick up Hopkins in a PPR format of Elliott second round in standard, know you’ve made a great draft pick. More importantly if you already own Miller and/or Elliott, be sure you’ve picked up their handcuff, because if I’ve learned anything from fantasy, it’s that anything, and I mean ANYTHING can happen. Happy Drafting!

Sam Holt

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To Hell With RBBC

To Hell With RBBC by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

I have addressed the vile F_____subject of “Running Back By Committee” before, but every year the dialogue changes a little or a lot, so here is my 2016 profanity-laced tirade on “RBBC”….( and if you’re sensitive, you may want to skip this piece….as I will likely be forced to contribute to the “Swear Jar” many times, before this is over! )

Hopefully you have been following the joint endeavor between the Dynasty Football Factory and Utter-Fantasy called “1st and 10″, the weekly segment of Q & A that canvasses some of the hot button topics in the NFL landscape.

In Week 8, I was asked the following question:

DFF- “Play devil’s advocate here and make the argument that a premier wide receiver should not be taken 1.01 across all formats. Convince me that going running back heavy in the first round is still the right strategy.”

My response, in short, was ” With fewer teams than ever before featuring a one-back offense, I think RBs Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell and Adrian Peterson can easily be argued as selections #1, #2 and #3 in drafts” – See entire response here- LINK

Or, to be even more succinct, I could have simply responded….“Yes, grab a RB and F_____ RBBC!”

And that is the F____ing WORST part of RBBC. Fantasy football owners don’t have man-crushes on Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson or Arizona’s David Johnson! They have man-crushes on WRs Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and DeAndre Hopkins. Because of F____ers like DET HC Caldwell ( who rotates RBs every other play) we almost have to draft a RB from a one-back offense in Round One, and miss out on those elite wide outs. Maybe you won’t, but I F____ing will because honestly, I’d rather start out in a draft with Todd Gurley and Mike Evans, than one with OBJ and Eddie Lacy.

I count only 6 teams that we are all fairly certain will run a one-back featured offense, those being Arizona, Dallas, LA Rams, Minnesota, Houston and Pittsburgh ( although I think Pittsburgh will use RB DeAngelo Williams more than some fantasy football owners think they will.) The New York Jets, Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis and perhaps KC, are on the fringe of being one-back offenses, but not so certain that you should miss out on an elite wide receiver in Round One.

This may be interesting……not only are most of the NFL teams pissing us off with their F____ ing RBBC, but it’s not helping them win either. Good! Below is a look at the NFL Playoffs for 2015. See anything that they all have in common, at least for most of them? A solid running game with a featured back. Except for New England( who you can’t trust F_____ anyway), you can name the featured back on all of these teams in 2015. Most do have a complimentary back, but we can live with that.

2015 Playoffs

So “To Hell With RBBC” and when drafting in September, I understand wanting to get elite WRs early, but especially in large leagues, I do not think you can afford to have a SH_____y stable of running backs. The NFL WR corps is deeper than ever, so do not ignore getting strong #1 RB(s) early if you can, then stockpile a SH___load of wide outs later.

OK….let’s see…paying the F_____swear jar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…..I owe thirteen F____ bucks. D___ it….F______ fourteen bucks.  D___ it!!

Miami Dolphins Team Profile 2016

Miami Dolphins Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

9 in 11 years. Some were only interim, but that’s how many head coaches the Miami Dolphins have had since 2004. There’s been so many, we forget who’s been there. Here goes….Wannstedt, Bates, Saban, Cameron, Sparano, Bowles, Philbin, Campbell and Gase. The Miami Dolphins announced that Adam Gase would be their head coach on January 9, 2016. Stability and continuity is good for football ( ask any Pats or Bengals fan) so let’s hope Gase is Miami’s last hire for awhile.


2016 Team Outlook-

The big bully in the AFC East is still the New England Patriots, who have won the division 12 of the past 13 years. The Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets probably have a team that could beat New England if they could combine forces and create the perfect team, but separately, it’s likely another Pats win in 2016.

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook-


QB–
Ryan Tannehill was selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, the 8th eighth overall pick and was the 3rd quarterback off the boards then. Andrew Luck went #1 overall, and Robert Griffin III went 2nd. Tannehill is the “Alex Smith” of the AFC East. He’s a competent quarterback who gets the job done, and mid-range in touchdown passes, INTs and rankings at the end of each year. ( 2015- 24 TDs, 12 INTs, ranked #15)


RBs–
Lamar Miller, over the past two years, has 2623 total yards and 19 touchdowns. Like Tannehill, Miller was drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. Miller was the #9 running back for 2014, and the #6 in 2015. Despite this incredible production, it’s quite possible Miami lets the free agent leave. The Dolphins still have RB Jay Ajayi, who was drafted by Miami in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Ajayi only had 49 carries in 2015…..which averages to 3 carries per game) UPDATE: Lamar Miller has signed with Houston


WRs–
Miami is so loaded with talented wide receivers, that they probably aren’t going to make a huge effort to re-sign WR Rishard Matthews (another player that Miami drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.)  Jarvis Landry was Miami’s #1 receiver in 2015, with 1159 receiving yard and 4 TDs ( ranking Landry #17 for the season). WR DeVante Parker came on strong in the final 7 games of 2015, with 400+ receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Landry and Parker should be Miami’s #1 and #2 WRs in 2016.

TEs– When former Brown TE Jordan Cameron signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins, fantasy football owners were salivating. Their mouths dried up however, just like Cameron’s fantasy stats. He’s a very gifted athlete, but Tannehill doesn’t see tight ends as a huge offensive weapon, like NO QB Drew Brees or NE QB Tom Brady does. ( or maybe Tannehill and Cameron still need to build chemistry) Cameron was only #29th ranked- TE Rankings 2015

K– Seems like Miami has been trying to find a reliable place kicker is they  released Dan Carpenter back in 2013. Andrew Franks has won the Dolphins’ kicker job in September, 2015, beating out former Dolphin Caleb Sturgis. Franks had the lowest number of field goal attempts in 2015, only 16 ( he made 13)

DEF– Call me crazy…..but if a team gives a players a six-year deal worth $114 million ( with $60 million guaranteed), their defense ought to get better, not worst. On March 11, 2015, Miami signed Ndamukong Suh, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, and yet their defense went from #17 in 2014, to #25 in 2015. Now it’s not all Suh’s fault, but he was brought in to be a “difference maker”, and so far he has not been one.

2015 Miami Fantasy Surprises–
Ndamukong Suh is a fierce competitor, and sometimes it gets him into trouble, but he should have brought the Miami’s defense up few notches even in this first year. Jarvis Landry ran the football 17 times for 111 yards and 1 TD. His rushing yardage was 2nd most for wide receiver in 2015. FYI- STL WR Tavon Austin ran the football 52 times, most for a WR in 2015 (that was 5 more times than TENN RB B Sankey.)


2016 Free Agents that Miami Needs to Address–
, RB Lamar Miller, WR Rishard Matthews, QB Matt Moore, FS Michael Thomas (RFA), FS Louis Delmas, MLB Kelvin Sheppard, OLB Spencer Paysinger, DE Olivier Vernon, DE Derrick Shelby

2016 NFL Draft–
The immediate needs of Miami, like many teams, is repairing their O-Line. The Dolphins will likely draft an offensive tackle and offensive guard. The Miami Dolphins need an inside linebacker. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Miami gets a running back late if Miller bolts.  MIAMI’S 2015 DRAFT


Did You Know–
Longtime Dolphins coach Don Shula was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1951 as a defensive back. Shula signed a $5,000-a-year contract and played in all 12 of Cleveland’s games in 1951, making his first appearance as a starter in October, and recorded four interceptions.

Team Home Page: www.miamidolphins.com

All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

Houston Texans Team Profile 2016

Houston Texans Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

There have been four head coaches of the AFC South Division Houston Texans. Don Capers was the first, followed by Gary Kubiak, who was fired mid-season on December 6, 2013. ( He was replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips for the last 3 games.) In the 2013 off-season, Bill O’Brien was hired to be the 4th Texans’ next head coach. O’Brien had previously served as the NE offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick. Heading into his 3rd season, O’Brien  serves as both the Texans’ head coach and offensive coordinator.

2016 Team Outlook–
In 2014, Houston’s 9-7 record didn’t come close to winning the AFC South Division, but in 2015, the Houston’s record of 9-7 did win the AFC South. The Indianapolis Colts couldn’t match their 2014 11-5 record, with QB Andrew Luck out most of the season, so Houston leaped on top. With question marks still at quarterback, it will be difficult for Houston to challenge a healthy Andrew Luck and the Colts. ( the Jacksonville Jaguars are an interesting sleeper team)

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook-

QB–
The Indianapolis Colts have only needed only 2 great quarterbacks playing for them since 1998 (Prior to QB Andrew Luck’s injury in 2015). Meanwhile the Texans have struggled with Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, TJ Yates, Brandon Weeden, Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Matt Leinart, Sage Rosenfls, David Carr, Tony Banks and Dave Ragone! Texans owner Bob McNair has made to clear to the GM and head coach that he isn’t a fan of Hoyers. If there is a Week 1 starting quarterback in this NFL Draft, he probably won’t be there at Houston’s No. 22 overall. UPDATE: The Texans have signed former Bronco QB Brock Osweiler

RBs– Arian Foster has only played in 25 games over the past 3 years. Foster ruptured his Achilles tendon on October 25, 2015, in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Two days later, Foster was placed on injured reserve. On January 14, 2016, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans would likely release Foster before the 2016 season. RB Alfred Blue played 14 games in 2015, ranking only 50th among NFL running backs. The top 5 running backs currently headed for the 2016 NFL Draft are 1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, 2. Derrick Henry, Alabama, 3. Alex Collins, Arkansas, 4. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech and 5. Devontae Booker, Utah. UPDATE: The Texans have signed former Dolphin RB Lamar Miller

WRs– DeAndre Hopkins, also known as “Nuk,” was drafted by the Texans in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson. You know that you have a great NFL offensive weapon, when he can put 1521 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions (ranking #6 wide receiver in the NFL) with 4 different quarterbacks in 2016. Houston selected two wide receivers back-to-back in the 2015 NFL Draft, WR 6’2″ Jaelen Strong in Round 3, and 6’0″ Keith Mumphery in the 5th Round.


TEs–
Ryan Griffin, CJ Fiedorowicz and Garrett Graham all had minimal action in 2015. Griffin topped the group 251 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. There are talented free agents tight ends looking for new teams this year, including Dadarius Green, Dwayne Allen and Zach Miller, if Houston feels they are upgrades. 2016 Free Agents-

K–
former Texan place kickers Randy Bullock and Nick Novak (13 games in 2015) are both free agents this year.


DEF–
LE J.J. Watt earned his third Defensive Player of the Year award in the past four seasons. Despite this honor, the Houston defense took a few steps backwards in 2015, dropping from 6th top defense in 2014, to 8th in 2015. The Texans were a pedestrian 13th vs the run last season. Houston used their 1st two selections in the 2015 NFL Draft on 6’0″ CB Kevin Johnson and 6’4″ ILB Benardrick McKinney.


2016 Houston Fantasy Surprises–
Only the Panthers ( Week 2), the Dolphins ( Week 7), the Saints ( Week 12) and the Patriots ( Week 14) were able to slow down wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in 2016. His best game of the season came in Week 6 vs the Jaguars- 10 catches for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB Alfred Blue was moderately effective when given the opportunity, ending 2015 as the 40th running back in the NFL. In Week 3 vs Tampa Bay, he had 31 carries for 139 yards and 1 TD.


2016 Free Agents that Houston Needs to Address–
WR Nate Washington, K Nick Novak, P Shane Lechler, RB Chris Polk, RB Jonathan Grimes (RFA),OG Brandon Brooks, OT Chris Clark, DE Jared Crick, C Ben Jones, FS Quintin Demps, SS Eddie Pleasant (RFA), OLB John Simon (RFA)


2016 NFL Draft–
The immediate needs of Houston is at quarterback, running back, at safety and on their defensive line. The Texan’s first pick doesn’t comes until the 22nd selection of the first round.

Did You Know–
The name Texans has a long history in professional football. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City to become the Chiefs. The San Antonio Texans played one year in the Canadian Football League. The Houston Texans of the NFL began play roughly 25 years after the Houston Texans of the WFL left town.

Team Home Page: www.houstontexans.com

All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

Team Profiles Miami Dolphins

Team Profiles Miami Dolphins by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

There have only been ten head coaches for the Dolphins franchise. The current head coach being Joe Philbin, who took over in early 2012 following Tony Sparano’s dismissal. Philbin’s head coaching career has been a turbulent one so far, with .500 or below records every season and a publicly embarrassing “bullying scandal” amongst Miami teammates while under his helm. On November 3, 2013, the Dolphins suspended Miami player Incognito for misconduct related to the treatment of fellow teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team a week earlier. Incognito’s conduct was said to be detrimental to the team. Despite some fan outcries to have Philbin removed, Owner Stephen Ross says the head coach will return in 2015.

2015 team outlook-

The other bully in the AFC East is the New England Patriots, who have won the division 6 years in a row. They have also been to the Super Bowl twice in 4 years, and won the “whole-shebang” in 2014. Like the AFC South where the Colts dominate while the other 3 teams struggle just to have a season above .500, so goes the AFC East with the Pats dominating, and Miami, Buffalo and New York struggle just to have a season above .500. At least Miami knows who their quarterback will be in 2015. Buffalo and the Jets do not. For this reason, I like Miami to easily place 2nd in their division in 2015.

2015 Fantasy outlook-


QB–
Ryan Tannehill is a competent quarterback that Miami selected eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Tannehill isn’t a fancy Ferrari sports car like QB Tom Brady is, but more like a Chevy Malibu. He’ll get you where you need to go without a lot of tinkering or maintenance. The Miami QB ended the 2014 season as the 10th ranked QB in the NFL, finishing with 4045 passing yards, 27 TDs and 12 INTs. He has gotten more efficient in every year he’s played. UPDATE: Miami signed QB Josh freeman to a one year deal, but it would be a shock if Freeman made the final 2015 roster.

RBs–
Cleveland wasn’t the only team to bring in a guy to be the workhorse the team needed, only to have him get injured early on and be replaced by someone already had on their roster. On March 27, 2014, the Dolphins signed former Denver Bronco Knowshon Moreno to a one-year contract worth $3 million. On September 14, 2014 Moreno sustained a dislocated left elbow in a loss to Buffalo and later,on October 14th, 2014 it was announced that Moreno is out for the season with a torn ACL. The Dolphins were forced to hand the ball off to RB Lamar Miller for the rest of the season, which turned out just fine. RB Miller took full advantage of the starting opportunity, and turned in 1374 total yards from scrimmage and scoring 9 TDs. He ranked #10 among running backs in 2014. Miami needs to address so many other deficiencies in the team via the draft and in free agency, so Miller should return in 2015 as Miami’s clear feature back. UPDATE: Miami selected 6’0″ RB Jay Ajayi in the 5th round of this year’s NFL Draft, but Miller proved himself in 2014, so Ajayi won’t start, he’ll just irritate Miller owners by stealing some carries.

WRs–
Miami recently cleaned house releasing Dolphin WR Brian Hartline and Berandon Gibson, with WR Mike Wallace said to be on the team’s trading block. Currently listed as Miami’s #1 wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and one of the many star receivers to enter the draft last year. WR Jarvis ended the 2014 season as the 42nd WR in the NFL, with 758 yards receiving and 5 TDS. Seventh rounder WR Richard Matthews from the 2012 Draft has reportedly asked for his release, and openly clashed with coach Joe Philbin in 2014, for spending most of the season as Miami’s No. 5 wide out. UPDATE: Miami Acquired WR Kenny Stills from the Saints in exchange for LB Danelle Ellerbe and a 2015 third-round pick. They also acquired a 2015 fifth-round pick from the Vikings in exchange for WR Mike Wallace and a 2015 seventh-round pick.The fantasy world fully expected WR Landry to build significantly on his 2014 rookie season, but with so many weapons around QB Tannehill now, 758 yards receiving and 5 TDS may be Landry’s range again in 2015.

TEs– The most productive of the Miami tight ends for the past 2 seasons has been TE Charles Clay, ranking in the 7th & 16th in the NFL for 2013 and 2014 respectively. Clay is a free agent this year but Dolphins executive VP Mike Tannenbaum confirms that the team would like to re-sign him. UPDATE: Miami signed former Brown TE Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal.

K– The 2014 place kicker for the Dolphins in 2014 was Caleb Sturgis, a fifth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Sturgis has missed 16 of his 71 field goal attempts through two seasons, so he very much is in danger of losing his job to Zach Hocker, who’s also currently on Miami’s roster.

DEF– The Miami defense has improved every year for the past 4 years. They were terrible 4 years ago, bad 3 years ago, fair 2 years ago and better in 2014. But now that they have an OK defense, they also have a mess to deal with, having so many of players that Miami could rely on heading for free agency. UPDATE: The Dolphins reportedly will sign free agent Ndamukong Suh to a six-year deal worth roughly $114 million with $60 million guaranteed when the signing period opens on Tuesday. UPDATE: In one of the biggest moves of free agency, Miami signed former Lions DT Ndamukong Suh to a six-year deal.

2014 Miami Fantasy Surprises–
I’m always surprised at QB Tannehill breaking into the top 10 of NFL quarterbacks. What he does best, is throw an accurate pass. But making check-downs from receiver 1 to receiver 2 to receiver 3 like QB Aaron Rodgers and QB Drew Brees do…forget about it. RB Lamar Miller’s output and his ability to play all 16 games was a nice surprise. His best game came in Week 16-178 yards and 1 TD.

2015 Free Agents that Miami Needs to Address–
QB Matt Moore- RB Knowshon Moreno- RB Daniel Thomas- WR Brian Hartline (released)- TE Charles Clay (signed w/ Buffalo)- OT Jason Fox (re-signed)- G Daryn Colledge- DT Jared Odrick- LB Jason Trusnik- LB Kelvin Sheppard (re-signed)- S Louis Delmas (re-signed)- S Jimmy Wilson (signed w/ SD)

2015 NFL Draft–
The immediate needs of Miami are on their O-Line, at wide receiver and in the secondary. The Miami Dolphins led the AFC in team yards per carry, but need young help in the run game (OG), the Dolphins need to decide on WR Mike Wallace, TE Clay and they’ve released 2 other wide receivers mentioned previously (WR & TE) and Miami needs a No. 2 corner back plus a slot corner (CB). UPDATE: Miami’s entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- MIAMI’S DRAFT


Did You Know–
Former Miami head coach Don Shula had only two losing seasons in his 36-year career of coaching in the NFL. He is the all-time leader in victories with 347. He is first in most games coached (526), most consecutive seasons coached (33). Only HC George Halas had a longer coaching career than Shula (40 years…1920-1967).

Team Home Page: www.miamidolphins.com