The Miami Dolphins added quarterback Tua Tagovailoa among 11 new rookies, spent more than $140 million in guaranteed money to 11 free agents and sprinkled in even more talent to their roster along the way this offseason.
Still, national expectations appear largely bullish for coach Brian Flores and his Dolphins team during the 2020 season.
In ESPN's annual Football Power Index (FPI) rankings released this week, the Dolphins are projected to be one of the worst teams in the league.
-- The Dolphins are ranked No. 27 among all 32 teams.
-- They are projected to have a 6-10 record.
-- They have a 13.8% chance to make the playoffs with a 4.8% chance to win the AFC East.
-- And a deep playoff run could be virtually out of the picture: The Dolphins have a 1.2% chance to reach the AFC title game, a 0.3% chance to reach the Super Bowl and a 0.1% chance to win Super Bowl 55.
"I think we've made some good picks. I think we had some good picks in free agency as well. I'm not too big on looking at ESPN and what they are talking about in March, April and May," Dolphins safety Bobby McCain said Thursday.
"We're just going to take it one day at a time and try to get better as a team, and hopefully by the time January and February rolls around, they'll be able to put their foot in their mouth."
The Dolphins will have their work cut out for them.