Between free agency and the draft, the Dolphins were movers and shakers this past offseason. General manager Jeff Ireland made a few moves that caught everyone’s attention around the league.
Most notably, Miami reeled in star receiver Mike Wallace, who developed a reputation as one of the league’s most lethal deep threats over his time in Pittsburgh because of his speed and athleticism.
“I think Mike Wallace has been outstanding and has really turned it on the last few days,” Ireland said on Wednesday in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Another prominent move was the decision to trade up to the third overall pick of the draft and select Oregon’s Dion Jordan. The former Duck star will line up at defensive end for Miami and has already displayed glimpses of just how good he can be in training camp.
Ireland admitted that Jordan still needs work from a health standpoint before the regular season begins, but he also praised the Dolphins’ top pick, calling him a “great athlete”.
While Ireland did succeed in making key additions to this year’s Dolphins squad, there were also a couple of significant losses as left tackle Jake Long and running back Reggie Bush elected to play elsewhere in free agency.
However, Ireland is confident Miami’s running game won’t fall off with Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller sharing carries at running back.
“Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller are going to be a good 1-2 punch for us,” Ireland said.
Ireland also said he has confidence in Jonathan Martin at left tackle.
Overall, Ireland echoed the sentiment of Dolphins’ fans entering the season, stating the organization’s front office feels really good about the offseason’s acquisitions and that they are “looking for big things”.
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