Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 17-20
By James Walker
We're ranking the top 40 players on the Miami Dolphins.
Next up, we take a look at Nos. 17-20.
No. 20: Dimitri Patterson
2013 stats: Four interceptions
Analysis: Patterson is an interesting player to rank. He is productive on the field and led the team with four interceptions. However, Patterson only played in six games due to a nagging groin injury. Durability has long been an issue for Patterson. He has a high salary next season and it is questionable the Dolphins will pay that much.
No. 19: Bryant McKinnie
Position: Offensive tackle
2013 stats: 10 starts
Analysis: McKinnie was a pleasant surprise for Miami. The Dolphins’ offensive line was struggling mightily in the first half of the season -- particularly offensive tackles Tyson Clabo and Jonathan Martin. Former general manager Jeff Ireland made an in-season trade for McKinnie in hopes that he could solidify the left-tackle position. McKinnie would up starting 10 games and was an upgrade over Martin. McKinnie will be an unrestricted free agent and is questionable to return.
No. 18: Philip Wheeler
2013 stats: 118 tackles, .5 sacks
Analysis: Wheeler was expected to bring speed and playmaking ability to Miami’s defense as a free-agent addition in 2013. But Wheeler struggled with missed tackles and inconsistency most of the year. Miami’s run defense was mediocre and Wheeler also struggled in coverage. Wheeler still led the Dolphins in tackles.
No. 17: Reshad Jones
2013 stats: 105 tackles, one INT, one TD
Analysis: Perhaps it was just a down year for Jones. But despite a lot of tackles, he was pretty much a non-factor throughout last season. Jones didn’t make the big plays in the secondary the Dolphins were accustomed to. Miami’s pass coverage against tight ends and slot receivers also lagged because the safeties struggled. Jones has the ability to make more plays and needs to get back to form in 2014.