Two weeks of Miami Dolphins organized team activities have come and gone, and optimism seems to be the name of the game right now.
Expectations are high around the franchise heading into Adam Gase's third season, just as they always are when May turns into June even though the first game of the regular season is still more than three months away and the team is coming off a 6-10 season.
While there are positives to take from these practices — the veteran approach of Frank Gore and Danny Amendola, Minkah Fitzpatrick's initial performance and the energy surrounding practice — all of it could irrelevant if the team fails to show up when the season begins in September.
In simplest terms: We don't know what we don't know.
In the latest edition of the Dolphins in Depth podcast, beat writers Adam Beasley and Armando Salguero touch on this and other topics such as:
▪ A breakdown of the defense, including rotating defensive linemen, a linebacker who needs to take the next step and cornerback depth.
▪ What the Dolphins should do with the $17 million they're about to receive from releasing Ndamukong Suh, including potentially saving money for Ryan Tannehill's replacement and what options are available on the free agency market.
▪ Realistic expectations for the Dolphins this season. Vegas' opening projection had Miami's over/under at 5.5 games, among the worst in the NFL.