Then you go back to that offense, starting with the line. It should be noted that Luke Joeckel has not lived up to his draft status yet, and probably will never, but right guard A.J. Cann had a solid season, ranking eighth in snaps per blown block.
Then there are the skill players. Despite the 35 touchdown passes, Blake Bortles was hardly efficient, ranking 25th in DVOA. He makes a lot of mistakes, and he smashed an NFL record with 13 of those touchdown passes coming in the second half of losses when trailing by multiple scores — serious garbage-time-hero stuff. But the positive plays still make you believe in Bortles long-term potential as long as he (and the rest of the team) keeps improving.
Wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns were excellent last year in helping Bortles look good. They can make tough catches and make defenders miss after the catch. If Marqise Lee or Rashad Greene have anything else to add, then that’s just more firepower for this offense. T.J. Yeldon did not find the end zone much as a rookie, and the team signed Chris Ivory, but Yeldon is still likely to be a big factor this year.
You should probably chill on the playoff talk in 2016 for Jacksonville, but some excellent drafting from 2014 to 2016 is the biggest reason for increased optimism.
DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins open their regular season in five weeks and begin the preseason in one week against the New York Giants. Yet, after organized team activities, minicamp and one week of training camp, first-round pick Laremy Tunsil remains a backup.
The Ole Miss product was viewed as one of the top players in the draft, and the Dolphins were ecstatic to land him at No. 13. But Tunsil so far plays mostly on the second team as a backup left guard. Occasionally Tunsil will get a look on the first team, but it hasn’t been significant.
Is there reason to be alarmed?
“No, not alarming at all. It’s actually great,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. “We’re going to have more flexibility than ever because you’ve got some talent in there. We’ll have to make some decisions, but those decisions will come more after Week 1 of the preseason, and then we’ll still have two weeks of camp and a fourth preseason game and a game week to have the combination right that we want to go into the season with.”
The Dolphins are in no rush with Tunsil. They continue to “cross train” offensive linemen, which means teaching players different positions. Tunsil is getting most of his work as the backup left guard and backup left tackle.