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Ten questions facing the Miami Dolphins this season

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin watches the action against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin watches the action against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. AP

1. Is Joe Philbin a playoff-caliber coach?

The record doesn’t lie: 23-25 in three seasons, including 7-8 in December. That adds up to mediocrity. Owner Stephen Ross demands better in Philbin’s pivotal fourth season.

2. Is Ndamukong Suh worth $114 million?

Should any defensive player be paid like a quarterback? Since Mario Williams signed a $96 million deal with Buffalo, the Bills have gone 21-27 with no playoff appearances.

3. How will Branden Albert’s reconstructed knee hold up?

The Dolphins’ franchise left tackle worried he might never play again after tearing his ACL last fall. How well he plays this fall might determine how far the Dolphins go.

4. Will Ryan Tannehill make the jump from good to great?

Tannehill had the best statistical season of any Dolphins quarterback not named Dan Marino last season. With better weapons and a fortified line, he’s a fantasy sleeper.

5. Will the cornerbacks not named Brent Grimes get the job done?

The Dolphins have drafted four corners since 2013 and signed Brice McCain (right) in the offseason. They need at least two of them to pan out this fall.

6. How many elite years does Cameron Wake have left?

Even the best pass rushers see their skills diminish by their mid-30s. But Wake, 33, doesn’t have the same wear and tear; he’s in only his seventh NFL season.

7. Can the Dolphins make the playoffs with a rookie punter and kicker?

Mike Tannenbaum took a wrecking ball to Miami’s special teams. Brandon Fields is gone. So is Caleb Sturgis. Rookie free agents Andrew Franks and Matt Darr take their place.

8. Will Jarvis Landry break O.J. McDuffie’s receptions record?

The short answer: He should. McDuffie had 90 in 1998; Landry caught 84 as a rookie (tied for 17th in the league). And Landry’s role is expected to grow in Year Two.

9. Will Jordan Cameron stay healthy?

The science is strong: Repeated concussions have major long-term health consequences. Cameron has had three in two years. Something to monitor.

10. How much will DeVante Parker contribute as a rookie?

A lot — assuming he remains healthy and plays like he did in spring ball. Parker was so impressive that Brent Grimes even struggled to stop him during OTAs.

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