The Dolphins have three running backs that will hit free agency in Knowshon Moreno, Daniel Thomas and LaMichael James. Lamar Miller is the unquestioned No. 1 running back, but Mike Gillislee doesn’t have much playing experience. They could use a complement to Miller.
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Mike Pouncey helped solidify the position in 2014, as he came back from injury and Samson Satele moved to center. In 2015, Pouncey will go back to center and Daryn Colledge joins Satele as a free agent. While Shelley Smith and Dallas Thomas remain on the roster, neither of them played well enough to completely lock down a starting spot.
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Oddly enough, this position could be a big need depending on what happens with Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. Wallace didn’t end the season on the highest of notes off the field, and Hartline had a below-average year after signing a $30 million extension before the season. Brandon Gibson could also be on his way out of Miami, which leaves Jarvis Landry as the lone player with significant experience.
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Part of the reason the Dolphins' defense, and their season, fell apart was a porous run defense. Jared Odrick is a free agent and could get a nice deal from a desperate team. Meanwhile, Randy Starks will be 32 in 2015 and wore down towards the end of the year. They could use some depth there as Earl Mitchell can’t carry the interior of the line by himself.
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The Dolphins got a pleasant surprise this season with the stellar play of Jelani Jenkins. However, Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe failed to live up to their big-money contracts and thus need to be replaced. Jordan Tripp and Jonathan Freeny are mostly special-teams players and good for depth, but the Dolphins need someone opposite of Jenkins.