Miami Dolphins Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis

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Miami Dolphins Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis
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NFL training camps are just a few weeks from getting underway and already the Miami Dolphins have been dealt a major blow on defense. 

At a time when players should be battling it out on the field to decide who's starting and who's getting cut, there is off-field drama in Davie, Florida.

After gaining 17 pounds in the offseason and earning glowing praise at OTAs, Dion Jordan had sky-high expectations and was going to be battling for a starting role on the Dolphins stout defensive front.

But instead of hitting the ground running on his way to a breakout season, Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the year for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, via ESPN's James Walker. 

The suspension is not only a major setback for Jordan—who appeared primed for a breakout season—but it was also a tough loss for a typically deep Dolphins defensive line that is now a bit thinner.

However, it's not all bad for Miami, which still boasts a talented defense with a number of ascending players.

With that said, let's take a position-by-position look at the projected Dolphins defense for the 2014 season, both with and without Jordan.

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