The Miami Dolphins have completed their rookie minicamp, with draft picks, undrafted free agents, and try-out players all getting onto the field as NFL players for the first time. Now that the team is past that milestone in the league calendar, the focus returns to the offseason workout program, followed by organized team activities in a couple of weeks. Before the Dolphins get to that point, we take a look at the club's depth chart, focusing on the offense this morning, as of May 11, 2015.
Nothing should be overly surprising about this group. I'll give Freeman the nod as the third quarterback over Bethel-Thompson based solely on experience.
Running Backs (5)
After Miller, the running back group is a jumble of players who will fight for playing time. If he is able to flash during training camp and the preseason, Ajayi could prove to be Miller's primary backup - or even replace him at the top of the depth chart. There is a lot of potential in this group, with someone just needing to step up and take control.
Tight Ends (6)
At this point, the Dolphins look like they will carry three tight ends on the 53-man roster in September, with potentially one more on the practice squad. Cameron should have a tight grip on the top spot, with Sims in the second position, then Lynch as the third tight end based on the team drafting him last year - only to see him land on injured reserve and miss the entire season. Stoneburner, Robinson, and Taylor all need to make an impression if they want to stick around the team.
Wide Receivers (11)
The wide receivers are broken into three groups. The top four, Jennings, Landry, Stills, and Parker, are set as the top four in the group for the season, and, really, could be in any order in which you want to place them. The next two, Matthews and Hazel, appear to be knocking on the door of that top group, but are not quite there; they should see playing time, but not at the rotation of the top four. After that, the five at the bottom are all fighting for a practice squad spot at this point, though with some special teams performances could make an argument for a roster position. If Preston or Bird, at 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4 respectively, can flash during training camp and the preseason, they may have the inside track to steal a roster spot and give Miami another big bodied target for Tannehill.
Offensive Line (16)
The Dolphins typically play their best five offensive linemen, moving them between positions if ,and when, needed. That said, Albert, if healthy, will start the season at left tackle, Pouncey will be at center, and James will be at right tackle. The guard positions are up for grabs, and any of the players, including the ones listed as depth tackles or centers, or under the "offensive linemen" heading, can claim the starting positions there. Thomas and Turner seem to have the early advantage, but this is a position battle that will last into training camp and, likely, the preseason.