The Fullback Dive - Written by Benjamin Meyer
The start of NFL training camps is the time for optimism and what-if scenarios being played out in the minds of NFL fans across the world. Some fans may have gone as far as to print out schedules with the win-loss predictions of their favorite teams filled out before a training camp practice has even commenced.
To me, the start of training camp is an opportunity to evaluate the roster, identifying strengths and weaknesses from the previous season. And with those weaknesses being apparent, hoping the team does its due diligence to patch up those weaknesses before the games start to count.
If you were to ask Dolphins’ fans the weakest link on last year’s team (in regards to position group), one half would probably say the offensive line and the other half would say the linebacker unit. With QB Ryan Tannehill being sacked a whopping 58 times last season, the front office made sure to address that offensive line need in quick fashion during the offseason. The Dolphins not only drafted two offensive linemen (Ja’Wuan James and Billy Turner) in the first three rounds of this year’s draft, but also acquired new starting LT Branden Albert as its first move of free agency.
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