The NFL offseason is down to the slow month between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp. There will be random pieces of news that happen, but this is the one month when there is not daily updates from around the league, and specifically the Miami Dolphins. This time period also means things like NFL.com's All-Division Teams will be released, in an effort to fill some of the empty-time. Recently, Dave Dameshek from NFL.com did exactly that, publishing the All-AFC East team, and the Dolphins are well represented on the list.
The Dolphins landed two players on the offensive side of the ball, with Branden Albert at left tackle and Mike Pouncey at right guard. Dameshek acknowledges that the selection of Albert is contingent on his being healthy this year, and that Pouncey will move back to center this year, but he is still better than the rest of the guards in the division. Both selections make a lot of sense, and they are well deserved. It is a little strange to see Pouncey at guard, given how much we, as Dolphins fans, saw him struggle last year when he played out of position. He probably is among the top guards in the division, though, when it all comes down to it. The Miami offensive line will be better with Albert healthy at left tackle and Pouncey back at center, and that is, obviously, the most important thing.
Miami is represented on the defensive side of the ball with several players, starting along the line where defensive end Cameron Wake and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh both land on the list. Wake is one of the dominant pass rushers in the league, and will only be helped by the addition of Suh this year. Miami's defensive line should be a scary unit when the season starts, and that will include Olivier Vernon, who should see plenty of playing space thanks to Wake and Suh on the other side of the line.
The Dolphins' representation on the list continues in the secondary, where cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Reshad Jones both make the selection. Grimes' pick is not surprising since, as Dameshek states in his write up, Grimes "is one of the best corners of the decade." Miami adding Grimes before the 2013 season is one of the best free agent signings in recent years for the team. Since arriving in Miami, he has been selected for two Pro Bowls in two years, and he has locked down one side of the defense.
Jones is a little bit of a surprise on the list, not because he is not worthy of the selection, but because Jones is not a household name. In just 12 games last year, due to a four-game suspension to start the year, Jones recorded 80 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one sack. Jones led the league in snaps at safety in 2013, as Dameshek points out, then climbed to 10th last year in snaps played at the position, despite missing those four games. Jones is a reliable player, who will be on the field for ever single play, with a ton of talent. The fact that he is starting to get some people to take notice of him speaks highly of how he is developing since being the team's 2010 fifth-round pick.
A couple of former Dolphins also make the list, with Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter and new York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall both on Dameshek's list. Breaking down the list by team, the New England Patriots had nine players listed, the Bills five, the Jets five and the Dolphins six.