The Miami Dolphins are quietly one of the hottest teams in the NFL after winning their third straight game Sunday against the New York Jets. Miami (4-4) is back to .500, with a chance to make a push in the second half of the season.
With that in mind, here is a look at whose stock is rising in Miami:
1. Offensive line: Miami’s three-game winning streak would not be possible without the play of its offensive line. The Dolphins improved to 3-0 when all five starters are healthy. They paved the way for running back Jay Ajayi to get 111 yards against the NFL’s top run defense and kept quarterback Ryan Tannehill mostly clean.
2. Cameron Wake, defensive end: The Dolphins entered the season with the goal in mind of limiting Wake’s snaps. The 34-year-old had a reduced role to start the season, but never complained and was eventually inserted back into the starting lineup. He had two sacks and two tackles for loss against the Jets. Wake still has his fastball, despite coming off an Achilles injury.
3. Kenyan Drake, running back: It’s fitting that the biggest play of the season thus far came from a rookie. Drake’s 96-yard kickoff return proved to be the game-winning score against the Jets. Drake and rookie teammate Jakeem Grant are a dual threat returning kicks.
4. Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle: Suh has been Miami’s most consistent defensive player this season. He finished with five tackles and a timely fourth-quarter sack of Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Suh has been very tough to block one-on-one and his double-teams open up plays for other defenders.