Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate all that we are thankful for. But what about Dolphins’ fans? After a miserable two decades, which of these current players are we most thankful for this NFL season?
Here are six players all Dolphin fans should be extra thankful for this holiday season.
No matter who or what position you had wanted the Dolphins to draft in 2018, there was only one obvious choice when Miami was on the clock at 11. That player was Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has been an absolute stud during his rookie campaign, and has lined up all over Matt Burke’s defense.
The Dolphins and their fans should be very thankful for Minkah Fitzpatrick.
One of the biggest question marks heading into the 2018 season, is whether or not Laremy Tunsil would ever live up to his draft hype. Through ten games of the 2018 seasons it is abundantly clear he is advertised.
Tunsil has gone head to head with some of the NFL’s top pass rushers this season, and has shown why he is the future at left tackle in Miami.
Without Tunsil in the lineup, there is a noticeable difference in the entire offensive line. He should be a cornerstone for many years to come in Miami.
The ageless Frank Gore has started to take on a more featured role in the Dolphins’ backfield as of late, and despite some outrage from myself and others, it appears to be in the team’s best interest.
Through ten games, Frank Gore has carried the football 117 times for 528 yards. He is in pace to eclipse 1,000 yards.
Gore has hinted at a return to Miami in 2019, if things went well this season. At 5-5 and showing no signs of wear, one would have to believe the 35-year old running back isn’t ready to hang up his cleats.
We appreciate you, Frank Gore.
Towards the end of 2017 season, Xavien Howard started to show the world, why the Dolphins traded up for him in the 2016 draft. It became clear that he was the team’s best defensive back and would soon become a shutdown cornerback in the NFL.
We are thankful for Xavien Howard and his ability to shutdown just about any team’s No.1 Wide Receiver.
Wake remains the Dolphins best pass rusher on the roster, and has been for the better part of a decade.
According to PFF, Cameron Wake is having his best year against the run, and has done a stellar job getting to the quarterback. Wake has recorded 24 tackles and 3.5 sacks. At 36-years old, it is uncertain whether or not Cameron Wake will return in 2019.
There's a very good chance Cameron Wake will retire a Miami Dolphin and for that, I am thankful.
The long snapper position is one of the most underrated positions in football. Which means that one of the best at this position, could go seamlessly unnoticed in most NFL fan bases. Not John Denney.
Denney has been with the team since 2005 and has been a consistent leader in the Dolphins locker room. Many NFL teams could only hope for a John Denney.
But the player we are most thankful for this holiday season is Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill is set to make his triumphant return this weekend and hopes to lead the Dolphins into the playoffs for just the second time in over a decade.
Which Dolphin players are you most thankful for this holiday season?