Well would you look at that. There's actually football behind all of the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito media frenzy surrounding the Miami Dolphins right now. In fact, the Dolphins are preparing for a prime-time, Monday Night Football contest with the in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As the teams get ready for the game, we bring you our look at players the Dolphins could steal from the Bucs, then ask you which one would you take?
The Buccaneers currently have the seventh ranked tackle in the game, according to Pro Football Focus. Meanwhile, the Dolphins give up sacks at a near record setting pace. The 28-year-old would be able to step in and assist a Dolphins offensive line desperately in need of assistance - and depth.
The Buccaneers' 2012 first round pick ran for 1,454 yards as a rookie last year, carrying the ball 319 times and finding his way to the Pro Bowl. This year, he's trying to avoid surgery on his torn labrum until after the season, hoping his shoulder will have enough strength to get back on the field some time this season. Even if he isn't able to go this year, stealing Martin could be a great move for the Dolphins, pairing him with Lamar Miller in 2014.
The nine year veteran wide receiver had his career high in receptions, yards, and yards per reception average, last season, his first with the Buccaneers. He's not quite on the same pace this year, but the Tampa Bay offense has not exactly been lighting it up this year either (31st in passing yards). An offense with Mike Wallace, Vincent Jackson, and Brian Hartline, especially with the loss of Brandon Gibson, could be amazing, ad give Ryan Tannehill more options than he should have.
McCoy would absolutely be a luxury selection, given the presence of Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, and Jared Odrick already playing the two defensive tackle positions. However, GMC is absolutely a beast in the middle of the Buccaneers' defensive line, tearing apart centers and guards with ease. He's ranked as the top defensive tackle in the league, according to PFF, and it's a position well deserved. Even with the three-man rotation already on the roster for Miami, McCoy has to be a consideration.
Any talk of players to steal from Tampa Bay has to include Revis. His play is down this year, but that could be because the Buccaneers are playing way more zone coverage than the man-to-man scheme the New York Jets used. Part of that is probably the coaching staff not wanting to push Revis too hard, too fast as he comes back from his ACL injury, but, at some point, they are going to have to put Revis back out there on an island and see how he does. If the Dolphins were to snatch Revis off the Bucs' roster, they could slot him opposite Brent Grimes, and basically shut down opposing passing attacks.
Now, it's up to you to decide. Vote in the poll below, and discuss in the comments.
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