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Which players will things 'click' for in 2010?

A dividend of having a young team, as the Dolphins inarguably have, is that players can take significant leaps from their rookie or second seasons, thus helping to raise the team to a much higher level almost overnight.

Sure, some players fail to take that big step or they don't meet the expectations and potential their gifts suggest. (Such players get traded to the San Francisco 49'ers for a fifth-round pick.)

But many up-and-comers make their biggest move in their second or third years.

I was discussing this in part with former wide receiver Nat Moore on our recent day-trip to Haiti when he recounted the story of Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Moore told of how as a rookie year, Clayton often benefitted from the fact defenses typically doubled Mark Duper on the outside or himself on the inside. Clayton was still learning and really didn't contribute much as a rookie -- six catches for 114 yards.

"But the next year when the light bulb went on for him, there was no stopping him," Moore said of Clayton. "He beat single coverage and then he figured out the game so well, he could beat double-coverage. With his talent, he just took off."

Took off like a rocket, actually. Clayton caught 73 passes for 1,389 yards and a whopping 18 touchdowns in 1984. Duper, who didn't catch a pass as a rookie in 1982, climbed to 51 in 1983 and 71 for 1,36 yards in 1984. Apparently things clicked for him as well.

Well, we should expect the 2010 Miami Dolphins to sound like a field of crickets because I expect there to be a lot of clicking going on for that young roster.

The Dolphins have players that everyone in the organization hopes are on the cusp of being big-time contributors if not outright stars.

Chief on that list is quarterback Chad Henne.

In his third season and second as the starter, Henne must have a breakthrough season for the Dolphins to make a legitimate run at the playoffs. This is the year he has to solve the accuracy and timing issues he had at times in 2009 as a first-year starter. Those were understandable then. There's a next step to take now.

I think Henne will take that step. He's too gifted, too confident, and too hard-working not to take the step. I'm not expecting him to lead the league in passing. That's not what Miami's system is initially going to ask of him.

But 24-25 touchdowns? Why not?

And as long as he keeps the mistakes to maybe 10-12 interceptions, things will be very, very good in Miami.

Of course, Henne will need help. And there's a good chance he'll get it. Here is a list of other players I believe can have a breakout year in 2010. You'll notice some folks are missing. I'm being conservative here. I'm sure you will add the missing names in the comments section.

This is my list:

Brian Hartline: I predict he will win the starting job opposite Brandon Marshall. He is bigger than Davone Bess, faster than Greg Camarillo and he can play all three WR positions. He's a smart guy. He's mature. He gets it. He has shown reliable hands. No, he is not a burner. But he did run track in high school and I believe he's fast enough to hurt defenses when their focus is on Marshall.

Vontae Davis: It took him a while to find his NFL niche. He was raw and a little wide-eyed at first. But he is tough, he is as athletic as they come, he's fearless and there's no quit in him -- as evidence by that TD-saving tackle from behind on a kickoff last year. Davis suffered something of a setback with a wrist injury earlier this offseason. But there has been no mention of that lately and if he continues to rise at the rate he did after the midpoint of 2009, he'll be the second-best cornerback in the AFC East by the end of 2010.

I wanted to include Cameron Wake. I even had his paragraph written up. But I just need to see more. The fact is he was very explosive as a pass-rusher, but still had only one sack the final four games of the season when he was getting his most playing time. Wake might bust out with 14 sacks in 2010 and that would surprise no one. But he also might have six sacks in 2010 and, well, that would surprise no one. It will all depend on whether things clicked for him.

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Hey Doof...Henne does look like Ferrell to me with the helmet on. Also that QB that played in SF a year or so ago looks like Val Kilmer with his helmet on or off..not Alex, the other QB

Thank U For
Consistently Trying to Find the Negative In Alll Your Responses Odineye

So
Thats your opinion Odineye

and Home has His with O Int Weak tackler sean
and
Home Wont Back down
Home Will Stand His Ground

Called Dif of opinions

So Here Is Mud In Your Eye, Odineye

Almost every defensive player has an opportunity to have a breakout season in Mike Nolan's scheme. Nolan's schemes are designed to wreak havoc from almost every direction.

That's why I want to see players like Nalbone, White and Turner step upto the plate big time. Based on last season's performances these are the young guys who may have the greatest chance of becoming ex-Dolphins without a significant improvement over thier 09 play.

For White, if he can keep the competition even close between he and Thigpen, I believe based upon draft status alone he will be retained and Thigpen let go. really don't forsee fins keeping 4 qb's.

Not knowing whether this has been discussed on this blog yet....Armando, do you think the chances are high that Parcells and company are actively looking into acquiring Crayton from the Cowboys? If we can get him at a decent price, I would think he'd be better than Turner and could be a good option for returns.

I always thought Big Ben looked like Will Ferrell.

Then again, I always thought Marino looked like Gene Wilder with his helmet on.

Oh well, it's a relief knowing I'm not the only one with these kinds of thoughts.........

Lol, glad to know I’m not the only one COWKILLA.

I can say this without a doubt, without a trace of 2nd-thinking, without any shame and/or anxiety....JASON ALLEN HAS A BREAKOUT YEAR IN 2010. He gets:

- beaten 10 times in one game vs. Randy Moss
- 7 balls thrown over his head for TD's
- 16 mistackles
- 1 (ok, maybe 2) quality special teams plays

Yes, you go Cowboy!

sean the Fraud CB
Will end up being one of or the
Weakest Link in the Miami Dolphins Defense

Put down the Kool Aid

Go back & Watch film on this CB fraud

IMHO
The Worst Is Yet To Come On sean smith

That was ME
Homey D. Clown

GTG
See Ya Friday Morning

Peace

Thank U For
Consistently Trying to Find the Negative In Alll Your Responses Odineye

I think you meant to say thanks for zeroing in on the negative in your post. Either way, I can respect your opinion. He doesn't seem to be as physical as Davis. I agree with that.

I just thought you were going a little overboard by calling him a fraud.
Do you really think he's no good, or were you just being a little overzealous?


Home Wont Back down
Home Will Stand His Ground

Kool, I have no respect for chicken_ _ _ _ _.


Called Dif of opinions

Fair enough!


So Here Is Mud In Your Eye, Odineye

OooWww! Cut it out!

Posted by: Home | May 13, 2010 at 03:02 PM

Sean Smith is soft but has great cover skills.
You can depend on him to jam up a receiver or make a big hit. His idle is Deon Sanders

"You cant depend"
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U Do Know
"Mud in Your Eye"
Is an expression made while toasting an
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like "Cheers"

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I predict we win this year's SB, Shula presents the Lombardi, then drops it on Sparano's big right toe(due to old age arthritis) spitting it all the down to the white meat!

Home,

You could have just said Bottoms up!

You didn't have to sling mud in my face :)

Home,

You could have just said Bottoms up!

You didn't have to sling mud in my face :)

Posted by: odinseye | May 13, 2010 at 03:19 PM


No offense odinseye but that sounds like the official "mission statement" for the Gay day Parade.

I cover Bess everyday in practice and toss that little mouse around like a moth caught in a chemtrail.

No offense odinseye but that sounds like the official "mission statement" for the Gay day Parade.

Posted by: DyingBreed | May 13, 2010 at 03:22 PM


LMFAO :)

Oh well......Armando has been deleting a lot of my posts lately, hopefully he will delete this one!

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Patrick Turner and Pat White I hope have big bust out seasons!

Also Sean Smith.

Odinseye,

Once thought nothing could ever make me stop being a Dolphin fan. Then I immediately got the visual of seeing our guys with pink helmets and hot pink spiked cleats. To make matters even worse Rue Paul was "head" cheerleader. YEE--UCK!!!

Well there is definitely a narcissist on this forum.

Two other guys I would like to see have breakout seasons:

Dan Henning and Tony Sporano.

PLEASE no more Ricky passes in the red zone.

Tony loose that field goal fist pump thing.

Dear Mr. Salguero

Dolphins Good...Jets Bad...Sports talk

New trend on the Blog

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Posted by: SoiledBottom | May 13, 2010 at 03:29 PM

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Just like to give my world... on the great Smith vs Davis debate, I will take the world of Bress and Moss over our bloggers opinions , mine is the same as Bress you can not get the ball over Smith most of the time so they have to target Davis more, remember were taking about the cornerbacks, last year since the linebacker were laking in coverage, the safeties and corners had to abandon the man and help with the tight ends and running backs, here is were Davis was better then Smith by beein more wiling to tackle hard. I'm looking forward to using Wake at what he is good at and not try to change that Go get the Qb I realy don't care were your hand is at the beginning of the play, this approach is what helped JT get def player of the year under Satn... Devone is the best slot player since Wess, and he is not Camarrillo in the slot.. We still need a Go route speed guy and Returner, but that's what training camp is for, Im exited and looking at a 10 to 11 win season, with the additions of the Danbsy and Marshall, the rooks are just that rooks if the could help great.. TE?.FS.? That's our weekness right now..

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I'm hoping that Patrick Turner shows up this year! If so, and I'm confident that he will, we'll have two burners on the outside! This would be unstoppable with Ronnie and Ricky this year!

I think just because Fasano had a down year statistically in 2009 doesnt mean he had a bad year as a football player. Anyone hear Sparano address that recently in the media? TEs were asked to stay in for pass protection a much greater majority of the time in 2009 as apposed to 2008. I think Fasano will come right back into form. I love the guy. Im a die hard Irish fan from South Bend and i wanna see him succeed!

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Trust me when I say...no one likes crappy weed


Learned from experience


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I don´t think Sean Smith is a fraud.
He acomplished more in his ROOKIE year than Jason Allen, or Green.
S. Smith has good comments from D. Brees, and D Brees won a SB. I beleve he will become a solid CB, not a pro bowler, but very very solid.
V. Davies has good comments from Randy Moss, and IMO he will be a true pro bowler, not in the next season, beacuse he learn slow than Smith, but he have better phisical tools.
The one I want to step up is Cris Clemmons because he have the ability to organize very well the DB, and we are in the need of a good free safety.

My 10 to 11 wins prediction is by simply looking at our looses last year and figure out what we needed to pull those type of games into a winners, Starting with Middle Linebacker 2 games, Stud wide receiver 2 games... Split the Jtes and Ne lose to GB and Minn and let the chips fall on the other games that are winnable ...

LE BRON JAMES IS THE MOST OVER RATED PLAYER IN ANY SPORT .

I will be flying over Florida tonight spraying peyote into the air in the attempt to trip out the entire state man.

SOILED.


TELL US HOW YOU MANGED TO SURVIVE YOUR YOUNGER DAYS ?

FF

Chem Trail Pilot

That's a negative.

Air traffic control advises new coordinates.

We're going to need that delivered to the Hiawatha National Forest up here in Northern Michigan :)

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mama maRIA coming HOME IN 10 DAYS .

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You schmuck!

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ARMANDO' ARTICLE IS RELLY GOOD AND POSITIVE .

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