- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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DAVIE, Fla. -- Throughout the course of a season, the Miami Dolphins are usually full of surprises – some good and some bad.
But seemingly every year there is a “sleeper” who emerges into a productive player for the Dolphins. Last year, two quality sleepers did well in wide receiver Rishard Matthews and center Sam Brenner. Both played important roles for the Dolphins by the end of the year.
So who will be this year’s biggest sleeper in Miami? Which player will come out of nowhere and play an important role for the team?
Will it be rookie defensive end Terrence Fede? The seventh-round pick has shown flashes in training camp and the preseason. The Dolphins are very deep at defensive end and it would take several injuries for Fede to see the field. Can he find a role in 2014?
What about Dolphins rookie linebacker Jordan Tripp? Miami’s fifth-round pick has shown solid athleticism and the ability to stay around the football. Linebacker is a position of need and Tripp could get a shot if he makes plays.
Could it be undrafted rookie running back Damien Williams? He’s run the ball well and shown the ability to catch out of the backfield, which is important in Bill Lazor’s offense. Williams has a solid chance to make the 53-man roster. Will Williams get a chance to carry the ball in the regular season? Finally, rookie defensive tackle Anthony Johnson made plays in camp as well.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on Miami’s sleeper candidate for 2014. You can share your thoughts in the comments section below or send a message via Twitter @JamesWalkerNFL.