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90-in-90 Miami Dolphins roster breakdown: Davon Godchaux

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The Phinsider’s annual 90-in-90 series is back today with another in-depth look at the players who are currently vying to make the Miami Dolphins’ 53-man roster. This series of articles takes a look at each individual on the roster , breaking down how they performed in 2017, why they could progress or regress in 2018, and the odds that the player makes the team when the regular season arrives.This year, we have already finished the reviews for wide receiver Leonte Carroo, punter Matt Haack, safety T.J. McDonald, running back Buddy Howell, wide receiver DeVante Parker, defensive end William Hayes, wide receiver Isaiah Ford, safety/cornerback Walt Aikens, defensive end Claudy Mathieu, linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Xavien Howard, long snapper Lucas Gravelle, wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end A.J. Derby, running back Frank Gore, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Tony Lippett, kicker Jason Sanders, kicker Greg Joseph, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, tight end Mike Gesicki, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, running back Kalen Ballage, wide receiver Jakeem Grant, tight end Durham Smythe Youth Reshad Jones Jersey , quarterback David Fales, wide receiver Albert Wilson, defensive tackle Akeem Spence, linebacker Chase Allen, defensive end Cameron Wake, running back Senorise Perry, and tight end MarQueis Gray, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, defensive end Andre Branch, running back Kenyan Drake, defensive end Quincy Redmon, quarterback Bryce Petty, wide receiver Francis Owusu, defensive end Jonathan Woodard, defensive end Charles Harris, center Connor Hilland, guard Jesse Davis, safety Reshad Jones, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, guard Isaac Asiata, defensive end Robert Quinn, wide receiver Drew Morgan, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, and linebacker Mike Hull, and tight end Gavin Escobar, and wide receiver Rashawn Scott. Today, we add defensive tackle Davon Godchaux.2017 ReviewAfter being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Godchaux went on to make an immediate impact for the Dolphins. He played in 15 games last season, starting five Youth Mike Gesicki Jersey , and recorded 26 tackles, one pass defense, and one forced fumble. During the year, he regularly rotated with Jordan Phillips as Ndamukong Suh maintained a steady presence at one of the DT positions. He displayed a ferocious play style and routinely penetrated the offensive line.Why he could progressWith Suh now in Los Angeles, Godchaux has a unique opportunity to hold down a starting position on his own. The Dolphins have three potential starters as defensive tackle in Godchaux, Phillips, and veteran Akeem Spence. Spence seems to be in line to secure a starting spot, leaving Godchaux to battle it out with Phillips. Through two preseason games this year, Godchaux has earned both starts playing next to Spence, showing that he is in the lead to start when the regular season arrives.Being atop the depth chart should help Godchaux’s progression as a player, given that he’ll see more playing time, and it’s a well known fact that second-year players never get better by sitting on the bench. No longer a rookie, Godchaux should now be used to the speed of the NFL level, Miami’s defensive scheme, and his responsibilities on the team, leaving him free to simply go out and play ball.Why he could regressSuh’s absence could potentially be a detriment to Godchaux’s progression as well. Without the hulking force of Suh by his side, Godchaux could struggle to become “the guy” in the trenches. Miami badly needs someone to step up on the interior, and Suh’s shoes are big ones to fill. I mean, the man probably wears size 15 cleats, but I digress. If Godchaux fails to take on that role, he could cede his spot to Phillips or fellow sophomore tackle Vincent Taylor.Chances of making the 53-man rosterAs Godchaux is in line for a starting position, his odds of making the team aren’t in question. He’s is locked in to make the roster barring any unforeseen anomalies.Miami Dolphins Week 3 defensive snaps counts in win over Oakland Raiders Yesterday, we caught up on the Miami Dolphins’ Week 3 offensive snap counts from their win over the Oakland Raiders. Today, we pick up the defensive side of the ball. Normally, these posts will come out on Monday or Tuesday, depending on what else is happening, but I am behind, so we are only finishing them up now on Thursday.Our snap counts take a look at each position grouping and try to see why what happened in the game happened, and if the snap counts indicate anything. We also keep track of how many snaps each player has played on the season White Danny Amendola Jersey , as well as the percentage of possible snaps on the year.Time to get to the defenseefensive endsPosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %PosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %The defensive line was a mess on Sunday, but not from the play on the field but rather the injuries that happened. Suddenly an incredibly deep defensive end grouping was down two major contributors as William Hayes tore an ACL and Andre Branch injured his knee. Where the Dolphins look to rotate players as much as possible to keep everyone fresh throughout the game, the team now had to rely more on Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn, and Charles Harris than they probably preferred. It did not come back to haunt them, but those snap counts were definitely not what was expected prior to the game.Defensive tacklesPosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %PosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %Defensive tackle was no better as Hayes typically rotates into here as well, while Akeem Spence was sent to the locker room early after being ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. Davon Godchaux, Jordan Phillips, and Vincent Taylor all played fairly well, but again, it is not the ideal situation for Miami’s coaches, who want to see a constant rotation. LinebackersPosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %PosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %Linebacker was an interesting position this week. Kiko Alonso never comes off the field, which is not a surprise. Raekwon McMillan did see some down time this game, compared to Week 2 when he played 100 percent of the game. Baker went from 23 percent played to 61 percent, which could be a sign of the Raiders playing in base set more often, but could also be a sign that the coaches are trusting the rookie a little more in coverage. We will have to watch that throughout the next few weeks. Chase Allen suffered a foot injury during the game, which could explain why Stephone Anthony made his season debut.CornerbacksPosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %PosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %The Dolphins secondary was shaken up as well in this game, with safety Reshad Jones missing the game with a shoulder injury, which basically moved Minkah Fitzpatrick from nickel cornerback to free safety. He is still listed here because this is where he will likely see most of his snaps this season, but he definitely played safety for the Raiders game. That left Xavien Howard, Bobby McCain, and Torry McTyer to cover the cornerback spot, with the first two both playing nearly the entire game and McTyer playing almost half of it. The Dolphins struggled early in coverage, with the shift of players and Jones missing likely a big part of that. They seemed to settle down, and now have some experience for McTyer, which could be huge later in the year.SafetiesPosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %PosPlayerWeek PlaysWeek %Week StatsSeason SnapsSeason %T.J. McDonald played the entire game, just as he has the last two games. Jones would have played 100 percent of the snaps as well, but his shoulder injury forced him to miss the contest. He is hopefully ready to return to the field this Sunday.

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