Are the Miami Dolphins a team ready to take the next step in 2013? Everything depends on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in my opinion, so for the sake of predictability, we will leave him out of this article and say that he NEEDS to have a breakout sophomore campaign. The Dolphins splurged in free agency this offseason, picking up some key veteran players. Most notably, the Dolphins added receiver Mike Wallace, and let running back Reggie Bush go to the Detroit Lions. They are going to need to see some big breakout seasons from their young players if they are going to contend with New England for the AFC East title.
This article will look at three players–a third year, second year, and rookie player–who have a good chance to break out and be a big piece of the Dolphins’ playoff puzzle in 2013.
Third Year–Charles Clay, TE/FB/HB
Clay injured his knee last season, but said as of mid-May that he is back at 100 percent. With the meniscus healed, Clay can go back to focusing on being one of the more underrated, dangerous threats on this Miami offense. He can hurt you out of the backfield, in line as a tight end, split out as a receiver, or as a traditional fullback. He can really do it all and I think the third year player out of Tulsa should be able to break out and have himself a very solid third year in the NFL as a potential safety valve for Ryan Tannehill.
Last year, he had 16 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns, averaging nearly 15 yards per reception. He didn’t have a ton of catches, but when he did, he made them count. I think the Dolphins will be able to use him even more in 2013.