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Miami Dolphins: So, how many start?


Miami Dolphins: So, how many start?
Apr. 27, 2009 (Sun Sentinel delivered by Newstex ) --


You don't judge a draft by how many players are ready to start in their first year.

You judge it based on how many are ready to start by their third, and ready to star by their fourth, because that's when you need to decide whether to sign them to extensions... and whether to let some other expensive veterans go.

Last year, Kendall Langford and Jake Long were immediate starters, and Phillip Merling got significant playing time. Donald Thomas was slated to start, and then he got hurt. Add free agent finds Davone Bess and Dan?Carpenter to the mix, and consider Chad Henne's potential and the fact that Lionel Dotson is still around, and that's an outstanding start.

I was just producing a potential two-deep depth chart for an NFL preview, and I was trying to figure out which rookies could start. On the surface, it appears that it will be only one this season: either Vontae Davis or Sean Smith. The natural assumption is that Pat White will get playing time, but it's hard to envision either?of the receivers jumping Greg?Camarillo and Davone Bess.?

But that's what happens when a team improves. There are fewer starting spots available.

So I'll pose this to you:

How many will start this year?

How many will start in two years? In three?

Newstex ID: FL-2094-34465331



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 28, 2009

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