They don’t have a single player—even Ryan Tannehill—who would doom them if he went down.
However, one position group stands out as needing more depth: running back.
The Dolphins already signed Frank Gore, who gets to return to South Florida after starring at the University of Miami. However, he’s about to turn 35 and looked every bit of it last year in Indianapolis.
The previous summer, according to an ESPN The Magazine report, Davis had expressed interest in Las Vegas to an NFL official during a West Hollywood meal. He was told then that the league would oppose any such move on principal.
The outside of the nondescript building where the all-important Raiders-UNLV meeting took place in 2015.
The most glaring principal difference between Las Vegas and other cities isn’t casino gambling — it’s sports betting, the legal kind, anyway. Forty states have casinos, according to the American Gaming Association. Only Nevada, however, can offer a legal bet on the Super Bowl. And that makes the NFL nervous — even though sports betting currently takes place in every state and every stadium via the dozens of offshore sportsbooks that serve the U.S. online.
The February 2015 meeting at the gaming research center was the first between UNLV and the Raiders. It took place a year before Davis appeared in a picture with influential billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and was kept secret for three years afterward.
Ramirez was a much-ballyhooed Boston Red Sox shortstop prospect traded to the then-Florida Marlins and he blossomed right away. He stole 51 bases in each of his first two seasons, registered a 30-homer, 30-steal campaign, hit for high average, won top NL rookie honors and just missed league MVP honors in his fourth year. Put simply, he was one of the players fantasy managers built rosters around and relied upon.
With the league gutted by players drafted into the war effort, every team could use a little help everywhere. The Red Sox in particular don’t seem to need a hitter who can play only a corner defensive position:
Hooper is, of course, the team’s best player and a definite Hale Orb Flattener in right field. He isn’t going anywhere.
Wally Schang, playing left field for you, has been almost as good a hitter as Babe over the past couple of years. Same with Amos Strunk in center field. Neither has the upside of Babe, but they’re more certain.