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Welcome back to the third installment of our look at the upcoming season for the 2017 Miami Dolphins <a href="">Troy Hill Womens Jersey</a> and the best case outcomes the team may face at each position. Next up with the analysis is a switch to the defensive <a href="">AJ McCarron Womens Jersey</a> side of the ball to a position that has been completely revamped for the Dolphins in 2017: linebacker. For Miami, that means a trio of players that include two newcomers and one that is moving to a new position.

The 2016 Miami Dolphins linebacking corps was beset by injury and lack of production outside of middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. The unit’s inability to have a consistent impact on the game was a primary factor in the team’s putrid run defense last year. Entering this offseason, the Dolphins’ front office knew that they had to address the position in a big way if they were going to avoid some of the same issues the dragged the defense down last year. The team proactively went after long-time Pittsburg Steelers’ linebacker Lawrence Timmons in free agency and followed that up with the drafting of Raekwon McMillan out of Ohio State in round No. 2 of the 2017 NFL draft. Here’s a look <a href="">Will Sutton Youth Jersey</a> at how the team likely hopes the position plays out this upcoming year.

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Kiko Alonso is the holdover from last year’s crew of linebackers. His 115 combined tackles and two interceptions stood out <a href=""></a>

next to the limited production of his fellow teammates, which included Neville Hewitt, Spencer Paysinger, and Koa Misi. While Alonso was solid in the middle, the Dolphins are hoping his athletic ability will allow him to shift to the outside at either SAM or WILL. The move won’t be completely foreign to Alonso <a href=""></a> as he worked at WILL for a bit earlier in his career. The Dolphins are hoping that Kiko won’t experience a drop-off as he takes on the challenge at this point in his career.

Timmons has <a href=""></a> made a career out of being a reliable and successful inside linebacker. The difference for him this year is that he won’t have anyone inside with him in the Dolphins’ scheme. As a Pittsburgh Steeler in a 3-4 defense, Timmons’ role wasn’t exactly the same as what will be expected of him Miami, where he’ll likely be the captain of the defense. The Dolphins have to be hoping that an old dog can learn new tricks as he makes the transition to a 4-3 base. One thing you can expect