After some serene time following the 2021 NFL draft, the action picks up again this week around the NFL with the commence of the usual-or-garden season time table followed by rookie minicamps over the weekend.
As is for all time the case, the usual-or-garden season time table unveiling is extremely anticipated despite the indisputable truth that all individuals already is aware of every team’s opponent fixed with the NFL formula. Here is as regards to checking out when those video games will happen and, presumably great extra a good deal, the alternative of prime-time video games for each and every team.
Here is the assign apart issues stand in that regard with the Miami Dolphins:
— The Dolphins had ultimate one scheduled prime-time in 2020, that being the Week 3 Thursday evening game at Jacksonville, as the end consequence of low expectations produced by the team’s 5-11 attain the previous year. Yes, the Dolphins ended up with a 2d prime-time game in Week 16 at Las Vegas, however that came after the NFL had scheduled 5 video games for that weekend as TBD and used to be going to engage two or three to slide to Saturday and the Dolphins-Raiders matchup ended up being with out grief the most compelling of the 5.
Dazzling or not, the alternative of prime-time video games assigned when the time table is revelead is considerably of a referendum on the league’s expectations for every franchise — unless we’re talking in regards to the Bears and Giants, who appear to catch extra than their gorgeous share of nationwide exposure regardless.
Based on the Dolphins’ 10-6 attain in 2020, one would seek data from of them to catch extra nationwide TV exposure this season and a gorgeous bet would be three prime-time video games. If the Dolphins by some means end up with ultimate one nationwide TV game again on the begin up, take dangle of in ideas that a red flag.
— The Dolphins are amongst the candidates to kick off the season Thursday, Sept. 9 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bag the veteran opener for the defending Big Bowl champions, though we would want to remark it be unlikely they’re going to catch the name.
Tampa Bay’s home opponents in 2021 would possibly be Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Dallas, the aforementioned New York Giants, Buffalo, Miami and Chicago.
First off, let’s take dangle of in ideas that since the “kickoff opener” started in 2002, it has featured division video games ultimate three times — in 2008 (Giants-Washington), in 2012 (Giants-Cowboys) and in 2019 (Bears-Packers), though that final one did not characteristic the defending Big Bowl champions however instead used to be an ode to the 100th anniversary of the NFL.
The Giants and Bears surely may well presumably possibly aid with TV ratings thanks to their mountainous fan bases, however they’d presumably possibly simply lack from a aggressive standpoint.
That leaves the Dolphins, Bills and Cowboys, and fixed with the mix of the matchups and the fan bases, it says here the Dolphins would be third in the pecking listing here. This would presumably possibly approach accurate down as to whether the NFL wants the most straightforward matchup (clearly Bills-Bucs) or the most straightforward mixture of matchup and drawing power (Bills-Cowboy).
— By hook or by crook, by formula of the time table, there’s the self-discipline of a London game, with The Athletic reporting Tuesday that Jacksonville will play two video games in England in 2021.
Amongst the nine groups scheduled to play road video games against the Jaguars in 2021 are, yes, the Dolphins. And they also are surely no strangers to taking half in in England, having accomplished it four times, most not too lengthy previously in 2017 (20-0 loss against New Orleans).
The Jaguars’ assorted home opponents in 2021 are AFC South competitors Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee, as properly as Buffalo, Arizona, Atlanta, San Francisco and Denver.
DOLPHINS ROOKIE MINICAMP
There used to be no put up-draft rookie minicamp in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions, however it be going to resume this weekend.
There isn’t any discover but as as to whether the Dolphins would possibly be conducting on-field work or simply bag conferences — they’ve accomplished each and every in the previous — nor is there official discover as to precisely who would possibly be attending previous the 2021 draft picks and rookie free agent signings.
The seven draft picks, clearly, are Jaylen Prance, Jaelan Phillips, Jevon Holland, Liam Eichenberg, Hunter Long, Larnel Coleman and Gerrid Doaks. The correct official UDFA signing used to be that of aged North Carolina Central basketball participant Jibri Blount, though thru social media we for all time know the Dolphins bag signed TE Carl Tucker, G Robert Jones, DT Jerome Johnson and CB Jaytlin Askew.
In the previous, first-year avid gamers even bag participated in the rookie minicamp.
The Dolphins roster lists 14 first-year avid gamers: CB Terrell Bonds, DE Cleave Coe, S Brian Cole, CB Javaris Davis, CB Tino Ellis, C Tyler Gauthier, S Nate Holley, T Jonathan Hubbard, LB Kylan Johnson, WR Kirk Merritt, TE Chris Myarick, DE Tyshun Render, QB Reid Sinnett and LS Rex Sunahara.
Moreover, Brazilian import Durval Queiroz Neto is listed as a rookie on the roster, despite the indisputable truth that he spent the previous two seasons on the note squad after joining the Dolphins thru the NFL’s Global Player Pathway Program.
Speaking of Queiroz, he posted a video on Twitter final month exhibiting the practicing he did in the offseason.