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State of the Dolphins - Training Camp Preview
David Dorey
July 27, 2009
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This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
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Training Camp Opens: August 1
Head Coach: Tony Sparano (2nd year)
Stadium: LandShark Stadium  Surface: Grass
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 11-5

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 32 44 1 590 342 58% 3577 10.5 16 19 12 25
2007 47 146 5 557 318 57% 3319 10.4 12 16 23 29
2008 30 62 1 488 328 67% 3720 11.3 19 7 13 17

Quarterback - The Dolphins actually had an average passing game in 2008 - up sharply from the previous season but there's not been much fantasy value here and likely even less for this season. Chad Pennington will remain the starter but the Wildcat formation used Ronnie Brown last year. Now, the Dolphins can insert an actual quarterback into that formation with the drafting of Pat White who was primarily a running quarterback in college but also can pass to make him very dangerous. Unfortunately, every play that White detracts from Pennington who is only average anyway. And White won't likely have nearly enough work to be considered for fantasy purposes.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 359 1505 4.2 6 84 60 71% 462 0 24 24 28
2007 406 1609 4.0 14 154 122 79% 1024 1 18 4 9
2008 409 1748 4.3 15 119 89 75% 775 4 11 9 9

Running Backs - It was a new offense in 2008 and Ronnie Brown benefitted particularly in the first half of the season. Brown rushed for 916 yards and scored ten times but that was three games over 100 yards and only a total of seven games with more than 50 rushing yards. Over the final six games, Brown only gained 330 rushing yards on 82 carries with one touchdown. Ricky Williams continued to take around ten carries in most games which was enough to water down Brown and yet not enough to merit Williams as a fantasy option. The same backfield enters the 2009 season and there is optimism that Brown will be far enough removed from his knee injury that he'll take over a bigger share but this offense has always been about splitting carries.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 392 204 52% 2346 11.5 12 15 19
2007 244 121 50% 1509 12.5 7 31 31
2008 269 174 65% 2063 11.9 5 21 31

Wide Receivers - Outside of Ted Ginn Jr., this unit has been a mishmash of unknown players and even Ginn only managed 790 yards and two scores to rank best among Dolphins wideouts. Greg Camarillo (55-613) and Davone Bess (54-554) both contributed but on the entire season, this unit only produced two efforts where a wideout had more than 88 yards. The second season in this scheme could benefit the wideouts marginally more but likely not enough to them to be anything more than fantays roster depth. Camarillo is trying to return from a torn ACL and had meniscus surgery.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 114 78 68% 756 9.7 4 10 17
2007 100 64 64% 538 8.4 4 21 24
2008 102 67 66% 926 13.8 11 8 1

Tight Ends
- This is the reason why the Miami wideouts have no fantasy value. The tight ends take in all the recieving touchdowns. Anthony Fasano came over from Dallas last year and turned in 454 yards and seven touchdowns. David Martin had three scores and 450 yards as well. The offense often relies on two tight end sets and near the goal line no team threw to their tight ends as much as Miami.

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - This is one of the less interesting camps outside of what Pat White looks like in preseason games to see if they will employ him in the Wildcat or goal line formations. The draft was used to grab a couple of wideouts in the third and fourth rounds (Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline) but the offense is highly unlikely to produce fantasy value out of any rookie wideouts. If the wideouts do look better this year it may slightly depress the tight ends, but they were relied on for touchdowns more than yardage anyway.

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