Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 25-28


ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page continues to rank the top-40 players on the team.

Next up, we take a look at Nos. 25-28.

No. 28: Rishard Matthews

Position: Wide receiver

2013 stats: 41 receptions, 448 yards, two TDs

Analysis: I always liked Matthews since his rookie year in 2012. Even as a seventh-rounder, Matthews competed hard and had the moxie of a higher pick. But opportunities have been few and far between for Matthews. He finally got a shot following a season-ending knee injury to slot receiver Brandon Gibson. Matthews took advantage with a career-high 41 catches. Matthews waited his turn and earned playing time the hard way. It will be interesting to see where Matthews fits into a deep receiving group in 2014.

No. 27: Jonathan Martin

Position: Offensive tackle

2013 stats: Seven starts

Analysis: Martin’s name is associated with a bullying scandal. But in addition to the off-the-field issues, Martin was also struggling on the field. Martin didn’t hold his own at left tackle and was switched to the right side following the Bryant McKinnie trade. Then he left the Dolphins, probably for the last time. Miami will try to trade Martin, but it won’t be a busy market. A release appears more likely.

No. 26: Tyson Clabo

Position: Offensive tackle

2013 stats: 15 starts

Analysis: Clabo, 32, had an up and down 2013 season. He played his worst football to start the year and was eventually benched last October. But the bullying scandal involving Martin and teammate Richie Incognito opened up another opportunity for Clabo to return to the starting lineup. Clabo played better football and showed why he’s a veteran. But the unrestricted free agent may not return as Miami is expected to do a major makeover on the offensive line.

No. 25: Lamar Miller

Position: Running back

2013 stats: 709 rushing yards, two TDs

Analysis: Many questions still remain about Miller after his first year as a starter. He wasn’t consistent and had just one 100-yard rushing game. Miami’s coaches didn’t feel he could handle the load. Miller only received 20 carries or more in a game once. The Dolphins could be in the market for a bell cow, which would put Miller back on the bench. He was at his best as a change-of-pace back during his rookie year.