Ja’Wuan James had the fifth-year rookie option taken on his contract by the Miami Dolphins. Despite their issues up front, he was clearly their best blocker before getting hurt down the stretch of last season. Now, he figures to carry the tradition of Tennessee football offensive linemen to a new level.
Remember, Miami can be as much of a threat as anybody to the league, even if they will lose the division to the New England Patriots. Part of that success will fall squarely on the shoulders of James. The ‘6’6″ 318-pound veteran has been somewhat of a surprise as an offensive tackle. A regular starter in the offense, fans should expect big things from him.
With Ryan Tannehill returning for 2018, there’s a chance James could look a lot better as well. Of course, Tannehill himself is massively overrated. But that continuity has to count for something, and it’s why we have James so high on the list.
You could also factor in James finally hitting his prime. The guy is only 26, and he is actually picking up the nuances now of NFL blocking. That could go a long way towards helping him develop into an all-out star as he improves mentally and reaches his physical peak.
On top of that, this is a contract year for James. As a result, he is going to do everything possible to have the biggest impact on the field. Doing so will assure him a huge payday next year. So expect him to emerge as a crucial player for Miami.