In advance of tonight’s scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins coaching staff released its first depth chart of the 2013. Remember, though: It’s very, very early. This, in essence, is just a rough draft — an early list of combinations that the coaching staff wants to see right now. It will likely be tweaked several times before the season opener in Cleveland. If you’re wondering why a player is at the top or bottom, it isn’t necessarily merit-based; it is, however, an opportunity to see different combos play together tonight.
At first glance, I feel more confident form will hold on defense than I do at , say fourth or fifth wide receiver, or other areas on the offense. There are more question marks, right now, on offense than there over on the defense.
Here are three key takeaways on the team’s first depth chart of the 2013 season:
1) Olivier Vernon Clear Starter Opposite Cam Wake — The former Miami Hurricane arrived for offseason workouts in great shape, signalling that he may be ready for a bigger role. He has received an extended look with the first team, lining up on the right side, and he has clearly looked like he belongs in the starting lineup. This early starting nod is validation of what we’ve seen thus far in camp — a young player making a noticeable impact.
2) Starks And Odrick Man The Middle — The defense is strengthened even more by the Starks and Odrick splitting time at defensive tackle, with the latter kicking inside to play more tackle this offseason. Each bringing something a little different to the table; this combo gives the front seven flexibility in body type and scheme, not only when the it is looking to stuff the run but also when Kevin Coyle wants to the rush the passer.
3) Cornerback Picture Clearing Up? — All along we knew that Brent Grimes would be the No. 1 corner, especially after continuing his strong offseason during the first week of camp, the only question was who was going to emerge to snag the second starting spot. A week into training camp, form has held. Richard Marshall holds down the spot opposite Grimes, with Dimitri Patterson not too far behind.
Some initial concerns: offensive guard, wide receiver, and how the running backs, outside of Lamar Miller, will be used.
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