The Miami Dolphins head into their 2015 camp with one familiar face now firmly entrenched, a number of new arrivals being counted on to make an immediate impact, and at least one familiar face looking to make an exit. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been given a multi year contract extension which ensures he’ll remain in the position for some time. Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh instantly upgrades the defense. And with mostly new faces at wide receiver, Rishard Matthews wants out.
The impact of Ndamukong Suh will be easy to measure for the Miami Dolphins. He becomes their best defensive player, boosting a line that’s already strong with the likes of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. The plan was to make the front four so strong that the youth and inexperience of the linebackers, and the question marks at defensive back, may end up not mattering.
Ryan Tannehill isn’t so easy to measure. He has improved statistically each of his three years on the job, but gets sacked too often and never has been consistent on the longball. The entire starting wide receiver corps, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, has been remade in an effort to better match up with Tannehill’s strengths. But with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker, and Greg Jennings the new starters, former number four wideout Rishard Matthews has publicly chafed at remaining number four, and the team may end up having to dump him in order to ensure harmony among its new corps. But if Tannehill can keep evolving, and particularly if Ndamukong Suh and the defense can take the heat off, that may not matter.