Three Dolphins players to watch for the remainder of the season (audio story included)

The Miami Dolphins had a bye last week, which meant they didn’t have to lose! This Sunday at 1 p.m., they face the 0-5 Washington Redskins in Miami (on FOX). This same Redskins team fired its head coach, Jay Gruden on Monday. And last weekend, the team started Colt McCoy instead of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. They lost 33-7 against the now 5-0 New England Patriots (who also annihilated the Dolphins). Haskins didn’t get a snap in the game, and McCoy threw for 119 yards and 1 interception on 18 of 27 passing. It now seems that neither will get the start against the Dolphins this Sunday. Case Keenum will reportedly get the nod.

The Dolphins, who have had their own quarterback issues, now say they will start Josh Rosen for the rest of the season.

In this game of two winless teams, here are three other Dolphins to watch. You will want to pay attention to this trio through the end of the season.

Preston Williams (#18) signals a first down after a catch. Photo Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

3. Preston Williams
Age: 22
Position: Wide Receiver
Stats: 201-Yards and 1-Touchdown

Williams was the rookie who caught Dolphins fans’ eyes during the preseason. He wasn’t drafted due to a September 2017 arrest for allegedly shoving and restraining a woman whom a police report stated was his girlfriend. In March 2018, he pled guilty to harassment, but all other charges were dropped. Williams has failed to catch multiple passes in the first quarter of the NFL season, but this isn’t the end. Williams caught an eye-popping touchdown in the first week of the NFL season from Ryan Fitzpatrick and has made some acrobatic catches since then. However, he’s dropped some gimmes and a crucial touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys. He is as talented as they come and has a bright future ahead, hopefully with the Dolphins.

Kenyan Drake (#32) runs into the endzone to secure the “Miami Miracle”. Photo Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

2. Kenyan Drake
Age: 25
Position: Running Back
Stats: 113-Yards on 31 rushing attempts

The hero of the “Miami Miracle,” Kenyan Drake, has had a rough season. He’s had his issues with the Dolphins and rushing the football. In 2017, Jay Ajayi was traded from the Dolphins to the Philadelphia Eagles, and Drake was going to take the starting running back role. Since the trade of Ajayi, Drake has rushed for 1,198-yards in 28 games. This is an average of 42.78-yards per game. Last season for Drake wasn’t fantastic; Frank Gore was the Dolphins main man. But after an improved game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 4, things are looking up. Drake should have a good game against the Redskins.

Caption: Jerome Backer (#55) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (#14). Photo Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

1. Jerome Baker
Age: 22
Position: Outside Linebacker
Stats: 28-Tackles and 97.5% of defensive snaps

The most exciting young player on the Dolphins is, without a doubt, Jerome Baker. He  was named cocaptain of the defense in only his second year. During the first quarter of the season, he has already taken on a role as a leader on the defense and has been one of the best players on the field. He’s been progressing each week, which is excellent for Dolphins fans. He’s brought a stable to the position that the Dolphins lacked for several years. The last time they were solid at the linebacker position was during the Zach Thomas era. Now that Jerome Baker has found his footing, he will look to be a driving force for the Dolphins defense.

Kai’Chien Chisholm is currently studying broadcast media and wants to become sports broadcaster. He currently works for the ProFootballNetwork and is the Podcast Network Director for the site while running his own podcast.