How much have the Dolphins improved this offseason?

The Miami Dolphins have had a very busy offseason.  The Dolphins have jettisoned a number of team leaders, while getting both younger and faster at a number of key positions.  The Dolphins lost Jake Long, Sean Smith, and Reggie Bush to free agency and cut ties with 2 starting linebackers, Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett.  In exchange, the Dolphins have added Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brent Grimes, Vaughn Martin and Lance Johnson to the roster.  The question everyone seems to be asking is whether or not the Dolphins improved their football team.  And if so, how much have they improved.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Let’s take a look at the players the Dolphins brought in and the positions the Dolphins have addressed and try to gauge where they have improved.  We’ll give each position a -3 to +3 rating.  Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments section.

Wide Receiver-  Last year, the Dolphins top 4 wide receivers were Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Rishard Matthews, and Marlon Moore.  That crop of wideouts didn’t exactly scare opposing defenses.  In fact, after Bess and Hartline, no other wide receiver had more than 11 catches in 2012.  Following a successful free agency period, the Dolphins top 4 wide receivers in 2013 will be Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess.  Gibson and Wallace are a major upgrade over Rishard Matthews and Marlon Moore.  Improvement Factor:+3

Offensive Tackle –  The Dolphins lost their starting left tackle, Jake Long to the Rams a few weeks ago.  His replacement for the time being appears to be Jonathan Martin, who struggled at times in 2012.  I think the Dolphins will address this position in the draft, but at this point, the offensive tackle combination of Martin/Garner is weaker than last year’s combination of Long/Martin.  Improvement Factor: -2  (continued on page 2, click here)

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