Rex Ryan infamously said last month he feels like his Buffalo Bills "won the offseason."
That's a mythical crown often possessed by the Miami Dolphins. Making a big splash has been a trademark of the Dolphins, and this year has been no different.
Interim coach Dan Campbell wasn't retained and Miami replaced him with Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. His track record of working with quarterbacks is promising for a team that needs Ryan Tannehill to deliver.
A team that finished in last place in the AFC East this year is determined to rebuild on the fly.
The Buffalo News continues its look at the Bills’ opponents in 2016 with a closer look at the Dolphins, who host Buffalo in Week Seven and visit Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 16.
Additions: DE Mario Williams (previously with Buffalo), RB Arian Foster (Houston), DE Andre Branch (Jacksonville), S Isa Abdul-Quddus (Detroit), CB Byron Maxwell (via trade with Philadelphia), LB Kiko Alonso (via trade with Philadelphia).
Analysis: Miami is hoping both Williams and Alonso can find their 2013 form with the Bills. ... Foster is coming off a torn Achilles, and must prove in camp that he's healthy. ... Maxwell lasted just one season with Philadelphia after signing a huge contract. He'll be under immense pressure in Miami to show he's worth the money he's getting.
Subtractions: CB Brent Grimes (signed with Tampa Bay), DE Olivier Vernon (New York Giants), RB Lamar Miller (Houston), WR Rishard Matthews (Tennessee), DE Derrick Shelby (Atlanta).
Analysis: Grimes is a great player, but his wife is enough of a headache that teams simply can't keep him around. ... Vernon got huge money to sign with the Giants. He's a good player who the Dolphins were right not to pay like a great one. ... Fantasy owners would agree Miller should have gotten the ball more with Miami. ... Matthews had 662 yards in just 11 games last year. That's pretty good production. He'll be tough to replace.
Draft report: Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil (first round), Baylor CB Xavien Howard (second round), Alabama RB Kenyan Drake (third round), Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo (third round), .
Analysis: Miami ended the biggest story of the first round, which was Tunsil's slide after a video showing him taking a bong hit in a gas mask emerged just minutes before the draft. For a player who was talked about potentially going first overall, it's possible the Dolphins end up getting excellent value. Tunsil, however, will be under close watch to make sure he doesn't have any incidents off the field. ... It cost the Dolphins a fourth-round pick to move up just four spots to draft Howard, so they clearly believe in his ability. He could start next to Maxwell. ... Drake averaged 6.4 yards per carry with the Crimson Tide, but had several injuries in college that present a concern about whether he'll be able to handle the physicality of the NFL. ... Carroo was the first of three receivers drafted by the Dolphins. He projects to fill the slot role that Matthews had, doing the dirty work of going over the middle.
Returning Pro Bowlers: DE Cameron Wake.
Biggest question: Can Gase work his magic with Tannehill? Entering the fifth season of his career, the pressure will be on Miami's quarterback to deliver a playoff team. The 38-year-old Gase has gotten a lot of credit for his work with Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler the past five years. Tannehill has started all 64 games in his career, has more than 15,000 passing yards and 92 total touchdowns against 68 turnovers. But he's never led the Dolphins to a record better than .500.