Perhaps more surprising than the Miami Dolphins 4-3 start is the sheer number of players who are finally fulfilling expectations, realizing their potential and contributing.
The Dolphins were a complete train wreck at the conclusion of the preseason. At the time, it was nearly impossible to envision the team winning more than a handful of games, let alone compete for a playoff spot.
But that's why the preseason doesn't count.
Players such as Nolan Carroll, Chris Clemons, Derrick Shelby and Marcus Thigpen have emerged from the darkest cellars of the roster to provide vital contributions. Similarly, players who have previously disappointed—Sean Smith, Karlos Dansby, Reshad Jones—have not only rebounded but have played at Pro Bowl levels.
So now that the midway mark of the 2012 NFL season is upon us, let's breakdown exactly how the Dolphins roster has taken shape.
NOTE: Because the Dolphins cut Anthony Armstrong on Tuesday, they currently have only 52 players. Also, select stats and snap counts courtesy of Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders.