Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Miami Dolphins have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Miami.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Beginning a new series for the next couple of weeks, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Miami Dolphins roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Starting off the series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Miami Dolphins at the quarterback position.
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One of the more simple quarterback depth charts in the country this year, the Miami Dolphins top two spots are already locked in as far as I’m concerned. The only real battle on this roster likely comes between Brandon Doughty and David Fales as both battle to be the third string/practice squad quarterback on the team’s roster.
Starter: Ryan Tannehill
A lock to be starting the season as the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback, the only thing that stands between Tannehill and the number one spot at this stage is potential injuries. Coming off a pretty nasty sprained ACL and MCL, Tannehill’s only weakness this year will be if his knee injuries reemerge and cost him time this season.
Second String: Matt Moore
Stepping into the starting role late last season, Matt Moore proved that he is one of the NFL’s best backup quarterbacks. A starting option for some teams, I’d be shocked if no one calls to try and trade for Moore in the coming weeks and months once injuries begin to affect depth charts.
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However, if Miami holds onto Moore and resists the temptation to trade, then he will be the team’s backup quarterback going forward.
Practice Squad: Brandon Doughty
Much like last year, Brandon Doughty is the odd-man out in Miami. Despite having an excellent college career, Doughty has not been able to translate that form over to the NFL. Doughty’s status was thrown even more up in the air last season when Miami signed T.J. Yates to be Matt Moore’s backup rather than promoting Doughty.
With all of that said, Doughty was a still a draft choice made by Adam Gase. A quarterback guru, Gase must have seen something in Doughty that made him want to pick him. Still young and able to develop, Doughty should once again find his way onto Miami’s practice squad.
Cut: David Fales
A three-year backup/practice squad player in Chicago, Adam Gase has experience working with Fales. Undoubtedly brought in to provide a battle for Doughty, Fales is someone that may also have Gase’s eye. However, with Doughty being a hometown kid and a former draft pick of Gase’s, Fales looks set to be the odd man out in Miami.