Three biggest surprises from Dolphins’ initial depth chart

Miami Dolphins have released their first official depth chart of the 2020 NFL season and, generally speaking, there weren’t too many surprises along the way. The Dolphins’ offensive line appears to be set — with rookies Austin Jackson and Solomon Kindley locking down starting jobs entering Week 1 against the New England Patriots. Add in Ryan Fitzpatrick commandeering the starting quarterback position and everything appeared to remain fairly in line with what training camp reports seemed to indicate for the Dolphins.” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>The Miami Dolphins have released their first official depth chart of the 2020 NFL season and, generally speaking, there weren’t too many surprises along the way. The Dolphins’ offensive line appears to be set — with rookies Austin Jackson and Solomon Kindley locking down starting jobs entering Week 1 against the New England Patriots. Add in Ryan Fitzpatrick commandeering the starting quarterback position and everything appeared to remain fairly in line with what training camp reports seemed to indicate for the Dolphins.

But that isn’t to say this depth chart didn’t offer at least some surprises. Here were the three biggest curveballs that Miami’s depth chart provided entering Week 1.

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Mike Gesicki (88) catches the winning touchdown behind New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports” data-reactid=”40″ type=”text”>Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki (88) catches the winning touchdown behind New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Gesicki as TE2

Durham Smythe, starting tight end of the Miami Dolphins? This was a bit of a surprise, but then again you have to consider the format of the depth chart. The Dolphins’ depth chart was listed in a traditional ’21 personnel’ presentation: with a tight end, running back and fullback all getting credited with a “1st-string” role. The Dolphins aren’t going to run a lot of 21 personnel (or maybe they will, but we shouldn’t expect it). Durham Smythe is also a better blocker than Gesicki, so traditional tight end reps will rightfully go to Smythe this his hand in the dirt over Gesicki.” data-reactid=”46″ type=”text”>Durham Smythe, starting tight end of the Miami Dolphins? This was a bit of a surprise, but then again you have to consider the format of the depth chart. The Dolphins’ depth chart was listed in a traditional ’21 personnel’ presentation: with a tight end, running back and fullback all getting credited with a “1st-string” role. The Dolphins aren’t going to run a lot of 21 personnel (or maybe they will, but we shouldn’t expect it). Durham Smythe is also a better blocker than Gesicki, so traditional tight end reps will rightfully go to Smythe this his hand in the dirt over Gesicki.

But if you think that means Gesicki won’t play on Sunday, guess again. We’d be willing to bet Gesicki gobbles up more reps than Smythe in Week 1 despite what the depth chart reads.

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Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) on the field against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA T
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