First of all, let’s wish Raekwon McMillan a full recovery from ACL injury. What an unfortunate thing to happen to the young man on his first play of his NFL career.
As coolly monstrous as it is to put that aside, it is the nature of the NFL: next man up.
Let’s look at the 3 options that the Miami Dolphins have before them to replace McMillan in the starting group:
- Fill the void in-house
- Wait for roster cuts
Fill the Void In-House
The 2 most likely candidates are Neville Hewitt and Mike Hull, although you can’t entirely rule out a dark horse option (Deon Lacey).
This becomes a strength vs. strength argument for me. Does the coaching staff value Hewitt’s pass coverage or Hull’s, for lack of a better expression, gym-rattiness? It boils down to sliding Mike Hull into the Mike spot (fitting, kind of?), or rotating Kiko Alonso back to his 2016 role and Neville Hewitt occupying the Will.
I included this option because it’s viable - we’ve seen Mike Tannenbaum make trades. I’m just not sold that there’s any market for a trade during this particular juncture, say, a Miami Dolphins WR for a LB in return. I would gladly endorse some theories in the Comments Section about plausible trade scenarios.
Wait for Roster Cuts
We signed Donald Butler off the streets last year, so it’s not unreasonable to think there will be a potential investment when roster cuts take place. It would depend if we think said individual would be an improvement over players who’ve been part of the install and have rapport with teammates and coaches.
I posed a poll on Twitter, and after 300 votes, it’s neck and neck between Hull and Hewitt as the in-house solution.
What do you think: in-house solution, trade, or wait for roster cuts? Let us know in the Comments!
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This poll is closed
Shut up, SUTTON. I’d staple your mouth shut if it were legal.