The Miami Dolphins have played two regular-season games, so we are beginning to understand what talent they have on this roster. All players can improve, but most do not make a jump from awful to all-pro in a week. Using Pro Football Focus, we can look at how we can add offense production by subtraction.
One offensive area where the Dolphins need to improve is something they spent draft capital and free-agent money to correct, the running game. All Miami Dolphins players have a combined 186 yards on the ground in two games on 44 attempts with a 4.2 yards-per-attempt average. There is nothing special about those numbers considering that they focused on improving the running game after a 2019 campaign where quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led all Miami players in rushing yards. The Dolphins upgraded their line with known commodities in center Ted Karras and guard Ereck Flowers. They also drafted massive maulers during the 2020 NFL Draft including tackle Robert Hunt and guard Solomon Kindley. Both were touted as powerful man movers. During Week 1, most of the starting five offensive linemen graded out as average or just above average in pass protection but struggled in run blocking. The struggles for run blocking continued against a stout Buffalo Bills defensive front in Week 2. Every one of the starting five graded out below 60 according to Pro Football Focus. With limited offseason and no preseason games, the best way to improve this unit is by giving them more time together.