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. Continuing our new series, 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.
Continuing our new series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Miami Dolphins at the defensive tackle position.
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Starters: Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips
Of the Miami Dolphins starters for this season, only Ryan Tannehill may have been more maligned than defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. Consistently inconsistent when it comes to his work on the field, Phillips looks set to be a starter once again this season due to a lack of depth and talent at the defensive tackle position for the Miami Dolphins.
Lining up alongside him though will be Ndamukong Suh. While Suh has yet to make a lasting impact for the Dolphins since his signing, there is no doubting Suh’s overall talent. With the right pressure, Suh could easily breakout and once again be an incredibly dominant force along the interior of the defensive line, more than making up for any issues that Phillips will provide along the way.
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Backup: Nick Williams
The only other veteran player at this position for the Miami Dolphins, Nick Williams should slot into a second string role for the Miami Dolphins this season. However, while he will be a second string player, Williams will not be the answer for the Dolphins should Jordan Phillips once again have issues this season.
A role player that is more suited to special teams than actual defense, Nick Williams only saving grace may be that he has at least appeared in games in each of his four NFL seasons. Again though, let’s hope Miami doesn’t have to move Williams into a starting role this season.
Final Roster Spot Battle/Practice Squad: Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor
Rounding out the Miami Dolphins defensive tackle depth chart this season will be at least one undrafted free agent. While there is a chance Miami could retain both Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor, I see the two of them being kept close together in a battle to earn the final defensive tackle roster spot on this team.
That said, I believe the loser of this battle should at least end up on the Miami Dolphins practice squad, so that’s good… I guess?