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Projected 2014 starters: Miami Dolphins

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Miami Dolphins Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DT
WR1
DT
WR2
DE
WR3
SLB
TE1
MLB
LT
WLB
LG
CB1
C
CB2
RG
SS
RT
FS


» Miami's ground game was a snoozefest last season, but the 'Fins are banking on a bounce-back campaign from Lamar Miller alongside free-agent addition Knowshon Moreno. Chalk it up as ill news for Daniel Thomas, the plodding runner who figures to see his snaps sharply reduced if he even makes this roster.

» Sacked a league-worst 59 times last season, nobody was happier than Ryan Tannehill to see Miami land bookend Branden Albert in free agency. The team also signed former Rams guard Shelley Smith, who projects as a No. 1 alongside center Mike Pouncey, the only returning starter from last season's on-field train wreck. With third-round pick Billy Turner slotted at right guard and No. 19 overall pick Ja'Wuan James penciled in at tackle, Miami is starting over up front.

» Along the defensive line, the Dolphins re-signed tackle Randy Starks to a two-year, $12 million deal, but let the underrated Paul Soliai flee to the Falcons. This unit still has depth with Jared Odrick inside and Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon rushing the passer.

» Re-signing Brent Grimes was a no-brainer after he finished last season as one of the league's top corners. With Nolan Carroll joining the Eagles and Dimitri Patterson landing with the Jets, Miami now looks to free-agent acquisition Cortland Finnegan and second-year man Jamar Taylor to bolster its secondary behind a safety duo of Reshad Jones and the hard-hitting Louis Delmas, formerly of the Lions.

» Once the subject of trade whispers, Dion Jordan's role will be watched closely. After a disappointing, injury-marred rookie campaign, the Dolphins pass rusher is 100 percent healthy and a solid bet to improve on his roughly 20 snaps per game from last season.

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