Saturday, September 12, 2020

Miami Dolphins Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Miami Dolphins rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 26.8 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

They were a feisty, well-coached team at the end of last season. But the Dolphins hit fast-forward on their rebuild and made some puzzling moves in free agency. Miami has attempted to rebuild its offensive line and will start the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback until Tua Tagovailoa is ready to take over. Brian Flores has shown promise, but this is still a bad roster and a team with a low ceiling.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

How long before Tua Tagovailoa takes over for Ryan Fitzpatrick? It can't be long since he is the future. They will be young in a lot of spots.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Byron Jones and Xavien Howard are league's most expensive corner tandem. But Miami won't get its money worth if it once again accrues NFL's fewest sacks (23 in 2019).

ESPN -- Rank: 27

What will the offensive line look like headed into Week 1?

Cameron Wolfe: The Dolphins had the NFL's worst offensive line last season, and if Week 1 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and eventually Tua Tagovailoa are going to look good, this group has to play well.

The Dolphins had the NFL's worst O-line last season, and if starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and eventual starter in rookie Tua Tagovailoa are going to look good, then this group has to play well. The unit is set to have four new starters, including rookie left tackle Austin Jackson and rookie right guard Solomon Kindley, and without any game action together, how they bond is a question mark. -- Rank: 26

That Josh Rosen trade worked out pretty terribly for the Dolphins, huh? Last spring, Miami surrendered second- and fifth-round picks to the Cardinals to acquire Rosen, and he made all of three starts and 109 pass attempts before the Dolphins gave up on the former top-10 pick. The silver lining here is that Rosen's expendability must mean Miami isn't merely paying lip service when they say they're happy with the progress of Tua Tagovailoa and his surgically repaired hip. He'll open the season as the backup behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, who isn't exactly known for stringing together multiple years of success. Tua is coming.

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