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Top 5 Miami Dolphins players who must step up

WEB VOTE Which story line coming into Dolphins training camp is the most intriguing?


Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Dolphins will only go as far as their young quarterback takes them. He needs to improve his completion percentage and his third-down efficiency.


With Jake Long long gone, Martin will start the season at left tackle. He has added 15 pounds of muscle after getting pushed around a bit in his rookie season.


He was supposed to start opposite Sean Smith last year, but a back injury robbed him of nearly his entire season. Marshall, who is now fully recovered, will get another chance this season.


No player had a more disappointing 2012 for the Dolphins. The third-round pick didn’t even see the field until Week 16, and he finished the season without a catch. Now in his second season, he’s out of redshirts.


Reggie Bush is gone, but will Lamar Miller step over Thomas and into the starting role? Thomas, who is earning a reputation of being injury prone, had nearly as many concussions (two) as he did yards per carry (3.6) last season.

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Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.


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    Joe Philbin welcomes a visitor with a warm smile and firm handshake and for the next 30 minutes enthusiastically talks about his Dolphins with a confidence that belies the coach’s first two seasons in Miami.

St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


    Greg Cote: Michael Sam is a distraction to embrace, not avoid

    It’s no surprise that Tony Dungy’s comments this week about Michael Sam — comments that on the surface seemed more benign than inflammatory — have created such a national tempest. Sports are a Petri dish for argument and debate under any circumstances, and when you add the politics of religion and gay issues to the mix, the chances of a quietly civil discussion have pretty much left the building.

<span class="cutline_leadin">building block:</span> Left tackle Branden Albert, above, 

will be the team’s replacement for Jonathan Martin.

    Miami Dolphins’ offensive line is new; time will tell if it’s improved

    The Dolphins’ offensive line, which allowed 58 sacks last season, will have four new starters – and center Mike Pouncey could be out until October. ‘We’ve got a lot of work,’ new left tackle Branden Albert said.

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