The Miami Dolphins have a lot of work to do if they want to make the playoffs in 2018. Here are five bold predictions for the team’s upcoming season.
Adam Gase has a pretty big mountain to climb this season. If the Dolphins are going to make the playoffs, they’re going to need to improve in one of the NFL’s toughest divisions. Making progress when you have to play the Patriots twice per season is no picnic.
With that being said, neither the Jets or Bills are projected to be world-beaters in 2018. There is a possibility the Dolphins can fill that power void and shoot up to second place in the division. Whether or not that would be good enough to secure a playoff berth is another question.
If the Dolphins are going to make that happen, they’ll need to make some bold decisions on the field of play. In this piece, we will instead outline five bold predictions for Miami’s 2018 season. We’ll start with an encouraging accomplishment for one of the Dolphins’ bright young talents.
5. Kenyan Drake will go over 1,000 yards
When the Dolphins shipped Jay Ajayi to the Eagles last season it opened the door for Drake to become the team’s top running back. He responded positively with a really nice finish to the 2017 season.
The team rewarded him by signing Frank Gore to compete with him this offseason. Gore is going to be enshrined in Canton one day, but he doesn’t look like that sort of player anymore. At most, he should be used as a change of pace back when Drake needs a rest.
Expect Drake to get the ball early and often for the Dolphins. If their offense is going to thrive, he’s going to need a big season. Look for him to break the 250-carry plateau and grind out over 1,000 yards as well. He won’t be a Pro Bowl back, but he’ll enjoy his best season as a professional.