Showing up the Dolphins’ offseason additions on defense
A common joke in the NFL is that the Dolphins always win the offseason. They spend buckets of cash on big names, especially on defense, in the spring in hopes that the moves will translate into success in the fall. But that plan hasn’t worked out all too well in the recent past, and there is no indication to think otherwise as we enter Week 2 of the 2016 regular season.
Expect the Patriots to run directly at Kiko Alonso when he’s on the field, and to target the linebacker in the passing game should he cover a tight end such as Rob Gronkowski or Martellus Bennett, or running back James White for that matter.
Additionally, look for Garoppolo to test Byron Maxwell, regardless of who the journeyman veteran cornerback is covering. Certainly, if Maxwell is marking Julian Edelman, Garoppolo won’t think twice about focusing on No. 11; Edelman will win that matchup all day.
The point here is that the Dolphins like to boast all these big-name offseason signings, but Patriots fans should be excited to watch their team make the Dolphins look foolish in Week 2.
Last but not least, another reason to be excited for Week 2 is…
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