The Miami Dolphins enter the 2021 campaign looking to build off a successful 10-win season and are in search of their first playoff appearance since 2016. If the Dolphins are to continue their ascent, second year QB Tua Tagovailoa (11 TDs in nine starts) will have to grow by leaps and bounds. Miami used the sixth overall draft pick to select WR Jaylen Waddle and signed Will Fuller to give Tua more explosive options.
The offensive line continues to be an area of concern in Miami and the team rushed for 105.5 yards per game last season. Myles Gaskin (584 rush yds) started seven games for the Dolphins in 2020 and is expected to retain the starting role.
Miami tied for fifth in the league in scoring defense (21.1 ppg) and allowed 368 yards per game. The Dolphins addressed their lackluster pass rush by drafting DE Jaelan Phillips with the 18th overall pick. Phillips, who was the number one rated prospect coming out of high school, racked up eight sacks for the University of Miami last year.
The secondary is the strength of the Miami defense, with CB Xavien Howard (10 INT) headlining the group. LB Jerome Baker started in 11 games and led the Dolphins with 112 total tackles.
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Despite looking unimpressive at times, Tua Tagovailoa compiled a 6-3 record as a starter in his rookie season. The Dolphins are not quite ready to challenge the Bills for AFC East supremacy, but should be a lock to win ten games once again. Final Season Prediction, Miami Dolphins Over 9 Wins.