This morning’s edition of our annual 90-in-90 series jumps to a player the team though highly of before suffering a season ending injury in his first preseason game. This series is an annual look at the Miami Dolphins’ 90-man preseason roster, one each (almost each?) day.
We start each article with a look at the player’s performance from the previous year, whether that was in the NFL or in college. Then we take a look at how the player will likely do in 2018, with a glance at both progression and regression. Finally, we look at whether the player will likely make the 53-man regular season roster or not.
This year, we have already finished looks at, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, punter Matt Haack, safety T.J. McDonald, running back Buddy Howell, wide receiver DeVante Parker, defensive end William Hayes, wide receiver Isaiah Ford, safety/cornerback Walt Aikens, defensive end Claudy Mathieu, linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Xavien Howard, long snapper Lucas Gravelle, wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end A.J. Derby, running back Frank Gore, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Tony Lippett, and kickers Jason Sanders and Greg Joseph, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, and tight end Mike Gesicki. Today we will be looking at linebacker Raekwon McMillan.
In the Dolphins first preseason game, Raekwon McMillan was playing on special teams and ended up suffering a torn ACL in his first NFL game ever. The rookie would red shirt his first year in the league.
McMillan was working as the Dolphins first team middle linebacker and the coaching staff was expecting big things from him. The Dolphins linebacker situation was a mess last season without the promising rookie manning the middle of the defense.
Why he will progress
The hype is there an McMillan is only 22.
The coaches and some fans were hyping up McMillan after the rookie was impressing everyone during last year’s training camp.
Just having McMillan on the field should elevate the Dolphins defensive play.
Why he will regress
There’s really not much to go off of.
There is always that chance that McMillan could be one of those players that does well in practice but can’t translate it to game day.
The only real knock on McMillan coming out of college was some coverage limitations against tight ends and backs.
Chances of making the 53-man roster
100%. McMillan will be the team’s starting middle linebacker this season.