We are putting a lot of faith in LB Raikwan McMillian's recovery. If our front 4 do not do their jobs then running backs on going to be running full speed into him. I think we need to hope for a DT to be cut sometime during the preseason. Jordan Phillips has been such a disappointment for us. He seems to turn it on whenever he likes to. At his best he is very impressive, but we don't see that motor ... and he didn't have it in college, so, why did we think it would change in the NFL?
Barry Jackson wrote:
Miami was barely average against the run last season with Ndamukong Suh, who was rated by Pro Football Focus as the NFL’s second-best run-stopping defensive tackle in 2017. So how they are possibly going to stop the run consistently when they haven't replaced Suh and drafted a linebacker (Baker) whose run-stopping isn’t considered a strength?
PFF rated Jordan Phillips 119th against the run among all defensive tackles last season, Davon Godchaux 64th and Vincent Taylor 53rd. The Dolphins assuredly would argue with those numbers and feel comfortable with Phillips and Godchaux starting.
Perhaps that group, supplemented by a summer free agent and end/tackle William Hayes – will prove sturdy enough in the interior against the run. Perhaps Raekwon McMillan, coming off a serious knee injury, will be a run-stuffer in his first year as the starting middle linebacker. Perhaps defensive end Robert Quinn will do terrific work setting the edge.
But it’s difficult not be somewhat skeptical about any of this.
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