6 Miami Dolphins That Must Step Up in 2012

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6 Miami Dolphins That Must Step Up in 2012
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Second year back Daniel Thomas is one of a few Dolphins whose future may depend on a good 2012 season

In the NFL, it doesn't matter where you were drafted, how good you were in college or how good you're supposed to be.

All that matters is how you perform on the field. It's a put-up-or-shut-up league, and just about any player can get cut if they can't get it done between the white lines.

A few Miami Dolphins are at a crossroads. They have to show that they can reach their potential or realize they might not have a spot with the team. Some are in this position because they are high draft picks that need to show that they're worth their weight, and some need to step up now that their team needs them.

Some can prove that they can be top-level NFL players, and some have to just prove they belong.

In 2011, it was QB Chad Henne who was in a make-or-break situation. After three years of development and game experience, it was time he took his game to the next level. He didn't, and it was clear that the Dolphins had to move on from the relationship.

Miami has a few players that need to put together a good 2012 season to secure their Dolphin—and perhaps NFL—future. Here are six of them:

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