After the Miami Dolphins finish their season series with the New York Jets in Week 7, hosting their AFC East division rivals, the South Florida team heads to Maryland for a Week 8 Thursday night contest against the Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins lost in Baltimore last year, ending their six-game winning streak with a 38-6 drubbing from the Ravens.
This year, the Dolphins will start a strange run of three-straight prime-time games with the game against the Ravens. After the Thursday Night Football contest, they will then play a Sunday Night Football game in Week 9 and a Monday Night Football game in Week 10. The Dolphins will then have their bye week in Week 11.
As we have done for the first six opponents for the Dolphins in 2017, we turn to the fans who cover each team, in this case the Ravens and the guys over at Baltimore Beatdown, to get a closer look at Miami’s opponents.
Notable free agent additions
S Tony Jefferson, WR Jeremy Maclin, CB Brandon Carr, RB Danny Woodhead, CB Brandon Boykin, DT Brandon Williams, DB Lardarius Webb,
Notable free agent departures
WR Steve Smith Sr., ILB Zachary Orr, RT Ricky Wagner, OLB Elvis Dumervil, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Kamar Aiken, FS Kendrick Lewis, CB Shareece Wright, DE Lawrence Guy, CB Jerraud Powers
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies
CB Marlon Humphrey -- Wasn’t expected to contribute with the defensive back overhaul this offseason, but the tradition of losing a cornerback before training camp once again, struck the Ravens in the form of an ACL tear to star-in-the-making cornerback, Tavon Young. Now, Humphrey will be either outside at #2, or pushed inside the slot, depending upon his competition with Brandon Carr and Maurice Canady.
OLB Tyus Bowser: An outside linebacker with the all the athletic gifts of a pass rushing terror. His speed, power and agility can help bring about pressure from any Raven not named Terrell Suggs. He may find reps as an inside backer, with Zachary Orr’s leave and Kamalei Correa’s status up-in-the-air.
OLB Tim Williams: An Alabama linebacker on the Ravens, another tradition Baltimore loves. Williams stock fell heavily during the draft, from expected Ravens first round pick to third round. He’ll fit in nicely as a third down specialist.
OL Nico Siragusa: Baltimore currently is missing two pieces to their offensive line, and Marshal Yanda can’t do everything. If Baltimore moves Alex Lewis to right tackle, Nico has a shot at starting. If they keep James Hurst at right tackle, he’ll be fighting for a backup spot.
Biggest offseason addition
Tony Jefferson is undoubtedly the biggest addition, though the re-signing of Brandon Williams is a close second. Eric Weddle is praising his partner, Jefferson, already. The Ravens with two dominant safeties won’t be fun to play against, especially with both top five in run-stop ability. Dean Pees will hopefully use creativity to unlock their true potential.
Biggest storyline heading into training camp
Baltimore has a plethora of stories this offseason, but Zachary Orr’s return from retirement is #1.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp
The Ravens defensive signings have been completely overshadowed by the signing of Jeremy Maclin. Yes, it’s exciting to see the Ravens get a receiver, but Baltimore spent almost $120 million this offseason on defensive players.
Notable injuries heading into training camp
My least favorite part to fill out here. CB Tavon Young, TE Dennis Pitta; Suspensions: TE Darren Waller (1 year), RB Kenneth Dixon (4 games)
Miami Dolphins 2017 season schedule:
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Setpember 10, 1pm
at Los Angeles Chargers
September 17, 4:05pm
at New York Jets
September 24, 1pm
vs. New Orleans Saints (London)
October 1, 9:30am
vs. Tennessee Titans
October 8, 1pm
at Atlanta Falcons
October 15, 1pm
vs. New York Jets
October 22, 1pm
vs. Oakland Raiders
November 5, 8:30pm (SNF)
at Carolina Panthers
November 13, 8:30pm (MNF)
at New England Patriots
November 26, 1pm
vs. Denver Broncos
December 3, 1pm
vs. New England Patriots
December 11, 8:30pm (MNF)
at Buffalo Bills
December 17, 1pm
at Kansas City Chiefs
December 24, 1pm
vs. Buffalo Bills
December 31, 1pm