Now that the schedule is set and the draft is over, CSNBaltimore.com is taking a chronological look at each of the Ravens 2013 opponents.
Week 5: Miami Dolphins
Date: Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Sun Life Stadium
2012 Record: 7-9
Key offseason losses: WR Davone Bess (to Cleveland); RB Reggie Bush (to Detroit); TE Anthony Fasano (to Kansas City); LB Karlos Dansby (unsigned); T Jake Long (to St. Louis); CB Sean Smith (to Kansas City)
Key additions: T Tyson Clabo (from Atlanta); LB Dannell Ellerbe (from Baltimore); CB Brent Grimes (from Atlanta); TE Dustin Keller (from New York Jets); WR Mike Wallace (from Pittsburgh); LB Philip Wheeler (from Oakland)
Top 5 draft picks: OLB Dion Jordan (1st round, Oregon); CB Jamar Taylor (2nd round, Boise State); G Dallas Thomas (3rd round, Tennessee); CB Will Davis (3rd round, Utah State); OLB Jelani Jenkins (4th round, Florida).
Overview: The Dolphins made a lot of noise this offseason, the result of having a lot of needs and a lot of cap space. The Dolphins lured former Steelers receiver Mike Wallace with a whopping five-year, $65 million contract, and then gave former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe a five-year, $35 million deal. They also signed free agent right tackle Tyson Clabo after losing left tackle Jake Long to the Rams via free agency.
The Dolphins also made noise in the draft, trading up to the No. 3 overall pick. Many thought they would take one of the premier tackles in the draft (tackles ended up going first, second and fourth overall), but instead they selected Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan. They also took a pair of cornerbacks early in the draft, Boise State's Jamar Taylor in the second round and Will Davis from Utah State in the third.
The Dolphins ranked 27th against the pass last season and totaled 10 interceptions, tied for the third-lowest total in the league.
The Dolphins offense ranked 27th overall last season (311.5 yards per game) is still evolving under second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who ranked 27th last season with a quarterback rating of 76.1. But the addition of Wallace should jump-start the Dolphins passing game. Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller figure to become the leading rushers with Bush gone.
Miami is trying to make noise again in the AFC East, but there's also plenty of noise being made off the field. After the state legislature ended its session without a funding plan for improvements to Sun Life Stadium, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said the Dolphins' future in South Florida was "bleak."
This could all be nothing more than public posturing and bluffing, but it shows that the Dolphins major concerns aren't limited to the field.