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Assessing Miami Dolphins' 2013 Free Agent Impact After 3 Weeks
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Miami Dolphins have played three games of the 2013 NFL season, we have the opportunity to tally up some of the early returns on the team’s free agent activities from the offseason.

Understandably, these marks will not constitute any kind of final grade. A final evaluation cannot be made for most players until after the 2013 season is complete. For some players, a final evaluation will not be appropriate until after 2014.

However, we can at the very least tell how these players have looked on the football field thus far, and describe how they are trending.

Throughout the piece I will use statistics gathered via Pro Football Focus (subscription required), unless otherwise noted. There are a number of highly specialized statistics that can be gathered there that provide an excellent basis for evaluation of players at different positions. I will explain the nature of them as we go along.

My grading method will be based on a combination of how the player looks on film as well as some of the metrics above. The grades will be split into five categories:

  1. Stunning Success
  2. Moderate Success
  3. Needs Improvement
  4. Failing
  5. Incomplete

Let’s take a look at the Dolphins' main acquisitions, listed in order of average contract value.

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