Miami Dolphins 53-man roster projection includes upgraded supporting cast around Tua Tagovailoa

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has arguably his best collection of skilled players around him since joining the NFL in 2020. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins open the 2022 NFL regular season at home against the New England Patriots on Sept. 11.

With a new head coach in Mike McDaniel and a revamped roster, the Dolphins hope to snap their five-year playoff drought in a loaded AFC, all while keeping their two-year streak of winning seasons alive.

The strength of their conference is exactly what makes this offseason so critical -- there's little margin for error in a conference where 10 wins might not be enough to make the playoffs. They'll need to integrate their new players and learn McDaniel's system quickly to avoid an early-season hole from which it may be difficult to escape.

Here's a 53-man roster projection heading into summer break:

QUARTERBACK (2): Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater

This is an important season for Tagovailoa as Miami has put together the best supporting cast he's ever had around him. The team also brought in a high-quality backup in Bridgewater to help keep the ship afloat if Tagovailoa should have to miss any time. Seventh-round draft pick Skylar Thompson won't make the 53-man roster but is a virtual lock for the practice squad in this scenario.