In the year In 2021, the Miami Dolphins missed the postseason with a 9-8 record. It was the fifth year in a row that they missed the playoffs, but the second straight season they had a winning record.
In a season full of ups and downs, there were few Dolphins who weren’t playing their best ball.
Recently, ESPN had their writers pick a rebounding player from each team that struggled last year. For Miami, Marcell Louis-Jacques chose defensive tackle, who finished 2021 with a 36.5 rating per Pro Football Focus.
What went wrong: Davis suffered a minor knee injury in Week 1 last season that sidelined him for four weeks. After splitting time between A-gap and B-gap as a rookie, Davis played a lot more nose tackle in 2021. The 6-foot-7 defensive tackle has struggled to stay low against frequent center double-teams at that size. His run defense rating dropped from 66.8 in 2020 to 36.1. – PFF
2022 Outlook: Davis’ relative incompetence is somewhat overshadowed by the formation of a formidable interior duo of Christian Wilkins and Zach Siler. Some weight loss over the offseason and a revamped locker room should put Davis in position to succeed in 2022.
PFF is a difficult system. Obviously, it’s not perfect, and in this case, Davis’ number seems too low. In the four games Davis has missed due to injury, the Dolphins have allowed 136.8 rushing yards per game. In his final 13 games with him, that number dropped to just 101.5 rushing yards per game.
Whether the PFF score is fair or not, Davis wants to get better, and fans want to see him improve as well. That’s not an unfair expectation for a defensive lineman entering his third year.
Taken from Day 13 of Dolphins training camp