Fact or Fiction: Which Dolphins’ assertions have proven correct?

We’ve listened to them all offseason. Were the Dolphins right about themselves? (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

PHILADELPHIA–The offseason is a time for hope and promises, and this is the time of year we get our first shot at seeing which of those come true.

The Dolphins are done with training camp and moving toward what many consider the most important preseason game, No. 3, at Philadelphia on Thursday. With about three weeks remaining until the season opener, here’s a look at six offseason hopes and how valid they’ve proven:

The much-maligned defense has been revamped after last year’s nightmare.
Fact.
The Dolphins had the worst run defense season in franchise history last year, allowing 2,247 yards (140.4 per game), and finished 29th in the league in total defense. They’ve upgraded the personnel this season, especially before losing second-round pick Raekwon McMillan. Even without him, Miami’s defensive line should be better with the additions of Davon Godchaux, Charles Harris and William Hayes. The secondary is better with Reshad Jones and (eventually) T.J. McDonald, both of whom are strong against the run.

Jakeem Grant will be part of the offense.
Fact.
The idea of working Grant into the offense always sounded a little far-fetched considering the Dolphins’ talent ahead of him in Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, plus his responsibilities as a return man. Still, Miami’s too deep into the preseason to toy with things that are pipe dreams. Grant continues to get work inside and outside as a receiver, and coach Adam Gase spent serious time in the offseason devising ways to use him.

The tight end void has been filled.
Fiction.
The belief in Julius Thomas hinges on the belief in Gase. The Dolphins picked him up for a seventh-round pick in large part because he played for him in Denver, and Gase has been adamant that Thomas’ quiet start to training camp is a non-concern. Tight end was a weak spot for Miami in the passing game last season, and even if Thomas comes around there’s not a dynamic receiver behind him at the position.

This is Parker’s breakthrough year.
Fact.
The biggest reason to believe the DeVante Parker hype is that he’s been healthy all offseason. The word around the team is that Parker has cleaned up some lifestyle habits (like diet, sleep and hydration, as well as pre- and post-workout treatment), and it’s paying off already. Beyond that, he’s benefited mentally from two years with Landry and Stills and has a quarterback in Jay Cutler who seems bent on targeting him.

Jordan Phillips is turning it around.
Fiction.
Phillips turned one of his offseason press conferences into something of a confessional, taking ownership of his inconsistency and promising to change. One of those goals was to drop from 336 to 320 pounds, and he’s still listed at 333. More importantly, his work in practice hasn’t been good enough to overtake Godchaux, a rookie fifth-round pick. He said he’d submitted himself to the tutelage of Ndamukong Suh, but that hasn’t been evident yet. At one point it looked like perhaps the staff was trying to motivate Phillips by playing Godchaux ahead of him, but that’s lasted long enough that it now seems like Godchaux is Plan A going forward.

Leonte Carroo is ready to live up to his draft status.
Fact.
Prior to a recent hamstring flare-up, Carroo’s been the real deal. He dropped about 10 pounds in the offseason and humbled himself after somewhat wasting his rookie season because he was frustrated about a lack of playing time. “I just do the opposite of what I pretty much did last year,” he said a week ago. Sick of underachieving, particularly after Miami traded up to take him in the third round, he committed to improving regardless of the limited opportunities before him. If one of the big three receivers goes down, he’ll be ready. If not, he’s still earned long- and short-term credibility with Gase.

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