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Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was the only quarterback that performed at a high level.  He was decent, but not lights out like Geno Smith, Tom Brady, or E.J. Manuel.  A lot of Tannehill's completions were due to good blocking by the offensive tackles.

Running Backs Knowshon Moreno is on the physically unable to perform list.  This is a huge blow to the Miami Dolphins as they will likely be a one-dimensional team in 2014.

Wide Receivers The only receiver that looked decent in training camp so far was Mike Wallace.  Wallace had a few good plays where he torched Cortland Finnegan in coverage.  Brian Hartline had a few good plays against Brent Grimes when Tannehill got the proper protection in the pocket.

Tight End Charles Clay excelled as a blocker, but struggled to catch the ball in the passing game.  Miami has to be concerned with the sluggish play by the first team playmakers.

Offensive Line Offensive tackles Branden Albert and JuWuan James had an up and down day.  There were some plays where the blockers gave Tannehill enough time to make the right read.  On other plays these offesnive tackles struggled against a first team defense.  Having no starters and guard and stud center Mike Pouncey on the PUP list possibly out until week 8 of the regular season makes Miami outcome dependent on Tannehill and the passing game.  From what I've seen this offense lacks the firepower to defeat the New England Patriots in week 1.

Defensive Line Right end Olivier Vernon and left end Cameron Wake got some hurries on Tannehill by blitzing him.  Both defensive ends gave left tackle Branden Albert and right tackle JuWuan James problems.  Randy Starks and Earl Mitchell were phenomenal against Miami's starting guards.  Tannehill has little time to react even when both of his offensive tackles give him time in the pocket.  Miami's starting defesnive line had no problems stopping the run.

Backup defensive tackle Jared Odrick was the leader for the Dolphins' second team defensive line.  Odrick gives Miami depth at defensive tackle and defensive end because he has the versatility to be a defensive tackle or a 4-3 left end.

Linebackers Miami's linebackers were flawless.  Maybe that was due to the absence of Knowshon Moreno.  Regardless I expect these Dolphin linebackers to continue to acquire confidence leading up to the season with Moreno out and a weak interior offensive line.  Playing the Patriots at home with high energy linebackers will go a long way in determining whether the Dolphins are contenders or pretenders.  The first team and second team linebackers did their jobs.

Secondary Miami has a deadly cornerback tandem with Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes.  When Tannehill had time in the pocket, these guys let receivers run routes past them.  Miami also has Rashad Jones at strong safety and the newly acquired Louis Delmas from the Detroit Lions.  I love this secondary, and expect it to challenge the Jets and Patriots for best secondary in the AFC East.  How each team covers could determine who ends up winning the AFC East. 

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