Biggest Questions Facing Miami Dolphins in Week 1 Contest with Cleveland Browns

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Biggest Questions Facing Miami Dolphins in Week 1 Contest with Cleveland Browns
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The NFL season is upon us and the Miami Dolphins will kickoff their regular season with a visit to the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns were 5-11 last year but only had five selections in the 2013 NFL draft, which included one pick in the sixth round and two in the seventh.  Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and cornerback Leon McFadden are the only potential impact players in Cleveland's weak draft class.

According to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel, only two teams had more cap space than Miami heading into the 2013 free agency season and Cleveland was one of them, with about $46.1 million in available space.  Despite their financial status, the Browns were only able to add linebacker Paul Kruger, defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and cornerback Chris Owens.  Cleveland also acquired Davone Bess from Miami through a trade.

Miami, on the other hand, added nine players via the 2013 NFL draft, including six in the first four rounds.  On top of the expected rookie impact of players like Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Dion Sims and Caleb Sturgis, the Dolphins added Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brent Grimes and Tyson Clabo in free agency.

Miami lost Jake Long, Reggie Bush and Sean Smith in free agency, while an injury ended Dustin Keller's chance to improve the Dolphins.

There is no doubt that Miami's roster is much improved from last year and, more importantly, Ryan Tannehill has a season under his belt.  Logic would dictate that the Dolphins should be favored against the Browns, even in Cleveland, but oddsmakers have the Browns as a minuscule favorite.

Let's look at the biggest questions facing the Dolphins in NFL Week 1.


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