I am very excited about this teams potential – especially on offense. We have a young, possible "Star" at QB – 2 backs with 1,000 plus potential – a Top 5 wideout, and very good slot and possession WR’s with Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo. Plus add in the still developing Brian Hartline as another possible deep threat (averaged 16 yards per catch last year) and you have a very good offense.
I think it comes down to two things – 1. Chad Henne ‘s Development .
I think Henne will improve on last year’s numbers by a wide margin. I predict He throws for 3600 yards with a 63% completion rate and 25 TD’s against 12 interceptions. Marshall will be the "go to" guy we all expect turning in a season of 85 catches for 1200 yards with 12 TD’s. The numbers for Hartline, Bess, Camarillo will be more difficult to read. I think Bess’s numbers fall off the most – but that’s a good thing.
I think Camarillo posts a very good year with around 60 catches for over 700 yards. Hartline also getting about 600 more and Bess turning in around 500. It would be easy to say that Bess posts better numbers, but I feel his targets will drop and that Camarillo and Hartline have better speed… just my opinion. Hartline is the true wildcard – he showed flashes last year and if he improves a lot more with his youth/speed and route running might become the #2 WR overall. All will be better now that B Marsh is here.
Two – the running game/ O-line
The running game looks to be very potent with the R & R Express combining for almost 2000 yards this year. My estimates are for Ronnie Brown to get the bulk of the work and rushing for 1,100 yards with Ricky Williams adding around 900 more. (210 carries @ 4.4 yds per carry)… It’s hard to estimate which back will have the better year – because if Ronnie has injury concerns then Ricky will again post over 1,000 and Ronnie will fall off. I think we will get a combined 2,000 from both backs – not counting what our backup players add. This looks to be the best offensive line in Miami in a long time, and I expect big holes up front. Jake Long, Vernon Carey, Jake Grove, Richie Incognito, and John Jerry are my picks to start. But our backups can easily play too, like Donald Thomas and Joe Berger, and Garner. It’s a DEEP unit.
The TE position needs to step up and produce this year. Anthony Fasano had a very poor year last year, and he must improve his play. I think this is very likely and expect a bounce back year from Anthony.
In conclusion – Miami should fight for a playoff spot if we stay healthy. The defense must step up and be at least a top 15 unit. But this team’s strength is its offense. We should pass early, score early and pound the rock middle and late….10-11 wins should be possible maybe more. Then it’s all about playoff matchups and if we are healthy… let’s hope for a great season !