The Miami Dolphins open organized team activities on Tuesday in Davie.
There will be landmarks for key players returning from injury as well as rookies making their full-squad, on-field debuts.
These OTA’s are all about establishing rhythm, timing and chemistry. Coach Adam Gase likes this collection of players. National expectations are down, because of the deletion of a small handful of Pro Bowlers.
But Gase has made it clear he’s comfortable on the sideline, on Sundays, with this roster.
Here are the players I’m most interesting in watching. The media is invited to Wednesday’s practice, so that’s the first time we’ll be able to report on exactly how these guys look:
- Ryan Tannehill, QB — All eyes on 17, once again. And with good reason. Miami’s entire season rides on Tannehill’s right shoulder and his left knee. No pressure. Tannehill can be much better in 2018 than you think.
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB — Where does the rookie line up most? At deep center field safety? At nickel corner, lined up against classmate Mike Gesicki? Does he adapt as fast to the NFL as he did the SEC?
- Raekwon McMillan, LB — I haven’t met a person who’s spent time with McMillan who doesn’t rave about his leadership abilities. After a one-year delay, McMillan’s recovery from a knee injury is essential.
- Mike Gesicki, TE — Can he be a monster immediately? How much time will it take? Will he show his skills along the sidelines and in the red zone? Gesicki has a glorious opportunity to seize.
- Jerome Baker, LB — If Baker shows he can hang with tight ends and running backs in coverage, he’s going to get a chance to contribute in packages, immediately. If Baker’s as fast as they say, no reason he can’t blitz, too.
- Robert Quinn, DE — Hard to gauge line play without contact, but we’ll get a glimpse at Quinn’s speed. How quick does he look compared to Cam Wake, who is eight years his senior, and Charles Harris, who is five years his junior?
- Albert Wilson, WR — We sort of know who Danny Amendola is, and what he brings. But who is Albert Wilson and what does he bring? With more opportunities than he had in Kansas City, the flashy Wilson may quickly emerge as a fan favorite.
- Brock Osweiler, QB — What if he’s not trash? What if Adam Gase can tweak a few things? What if Gase can help Osweiler restore his confidence? What if he’s a capable NFL backup? We’ll see.
- DeVante Parker, WR — He’s going to make circus catches. I’m going to tweet about it. And y’all are going to hate on me and DeVante. That’s OK. I’m ready for it. If he’s great, Miami’s offense can be — well, much better.
- Tony Lippett, CB — Achilles. Achilles. Achilles. So hard to come back from. Especially when you consider what a corner is asked to do. This isn’t about straight-line speed, but cutting. Miami needs corner depth and could really use a healthy Lippett.