The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. Now we are onto the clubs that finished third. And that means the Miami Dolphins are in the spotlight.
ILB Lawrence Timmons
As we know, defense is a big part of winning a championship. And that’s why despite making their first playoff appearance last season since 2008, the Miami Dolphins still have a lot ahead of them if they’re going to be a real Super Bowl contender.
When you think about the fact that this club’s defensive front possesses the likes of Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, as well as up-and-coming defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, it’s almost inconceivable that in 2016 only the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns gave up more rushing yards per game.
There are obviously changes up front. Gone are defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell. The Dolphins orchestrated a trade with the Los Angeles Rams to obtain end William Hayes. And via free agency, the signed former Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
In 10 seasons with the Black and Gold, he made his share of stops and earned one Pro Bowl invitation.
The 2007 first-round pick comes off another productive season and was all over the field in three playoff games, totaling a combined 29 tackles and a pair of sacks. If he can help the Miami Dolphins solve their run defense issues, Adam Gase’s club could take another step forward in 2017.