Monday, February 3, 2014
Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 29-32
By James Walker
ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page continues to rank the top 40 players on the team.
Next up, we take a look at Nos. 29-32.
No. 32: Caleb Sturgis
2013 stats: 26-of-34 FGs, 33-of-33 extra points
Analysis: Sturgis was Miami’s most productive rookie in 2013. That is both a compliment to Sturgis and an indictment of the Dolphins’ rookie class. The fifth-round pick led Miami in scoring with 111 points. He started hot by making his first 10 field goals, then tailed off. But Sturgis’ strong leg was evident. He just needs to work on his accuracy in 2014.
No. 31: John Jerry
2013 stats: 16 starts
Analysis: Jerry was inconsistent -- like many Miami offensive linemen -- but sometimes your best ability is availability. Jerry was the only Dolphins offensive lineman to start all 16 games last season. Miami had an unpredictable year on the offensive line that included injuries, a bullying scandal and a trade to acquire left tackle Bryant McKinnie. Jerry didn’t have a strong 2013 but at least proved his durability. He will be an unrestricted free agent and may not return to Miami.
No. 30: Jimmy Wilson
Position: Defensive back
2013 stats: 39 tackles, two INTs
Analysis: Wilson is another versatile player for Miami who played multiple positions. Wilson spent time as a slot corner and part-time safety for Miami last season. He’s scrappy and plays hard. But his lack of a position would make it hard to be a full-time starter.
No. 29: Matt Moore
2013 stats: 2-of-6, 53 yards, two INTs
Analysis: Backing up quarterback Ryan Tannehill can be a tough job in Miami. But Moore continues to play his role and is a veteran insurance policy. Tannehill started all 16 games in 2013, but he was injured briefly in a 19-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Moore came in and failed to provide a spark, throwing two picks in Miami’s ugliest loss of the season. However, Moore remains a quality backup and is well respected by the Dolphins for accepting his role.