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A pre-minicamp look at Dolphins' offensive line

The Miami Dolphins offensive line is an interesting subject these days because what seemingly was an established unit now has a number of moving parts and issues that speak of possible improvement and, yes, the possibility of regression.

Here's the situation at each position (Coach Sparano, please correct me next time you see me if I get any of this wrong):

LEFT GUARD

The positive: There is a great chance to improve the spot because the Dolphins are separating from Justin Smiley, which means the next player up could be someone more dependable, that will be there every game of every season and not suffer the shoulder problems that plagued Smiley. The Dolphins have plenty of suitable candidates for the job as 2009 part-time starter Nate Garner (pictured) is expected to recover completely from the foot/toe injury that is keeping him out of OTA work. The Dolphins have also moved Donald Thomas to left guard because Richie Incognito is almost exclusively a right guard and a pretty good one at that when he keeps his emotions in check and stays free of dumb penalties. So Thomas adds competition to the spot as does promising rookie John Jerry, for whom the position seems eventually destined if he is the player the Dolphins hope and believe he was when they picked him in the third round of the recent draft. There are good options galore here.

Nategarner The negative: Smiley was a wiley, experienced veteran and a great help to young Jake Long. Long will miss him. The Dolphins may also miss Smiley's ability to pull, which was one of his strengths. Garner's injury is a setback for him. He cannot compete for the job now as he and the Dolphins would like. He is falling behind. Yes, he can catch up once he gets going in training camp, as scheduled. But right now he's missing time. Thomas is a novice on the left side. He didn't play the spot last year as the team was trying to get him fully acclimated at right guard. He seemingly slumped late last season, which is the reason Garner was able to move over from the left side when Smiley's injuries improved and take over the starting job from Thomas.

CENTER

The positive: Joe Berger (pictured) and Jake Grove are splitting first-team snaps here. This is probably because Berger played and graded out well while Grove nursed an injured ankle/leg last season. It speaks well of Berger that he started the final six games of the season, including the final two when Grove was well enough to start and otherwise regain his job. So regardless of who wins this competition, the Dolphins will have solid depth at the position.

Joeberger The negative: Um, the Dolphins paid a bunch of money to Jake Grove to be their starting center. When any team spends $29.5 million over five years on one player to be the starter and $2.5 million over three years for another player to be a swing C-G backup, the two guys should not be equals. And if the two guys are pretty much equals on the field, something is awry. Either Grove underperformed or Berger over-achieved or some of both. I think some of both is the right answer.

RIGHT GUARD

The positive: Incognito is an upgrade here and it's his job to lose. He is the first-team player there now. He will play there almost exclusively because that's what he is: A right guard. Coach Tony Sparano has lately been coy about the possibility of moving Incognito around, but if that somehow ends up happening, something went wrong. That's because Incognito is the strongest, ablest, most experienced right guard on the team right now. He is an upgrade over 2009, in case you missed it when I wrote it the first time. But he has to prove it. Also, the Dolphins have depth at the spot because Thomas or Garner offer starting possibilities, also.

The negative: There is a negative only if Incognito freaks out like he did with the St. Louis Rams and in college -- at both Nebraska and Oregon, where he got pretty much kicked off both squads. This would require the Dolphins to go back to last year's answer to start which would be either Thomas or Garner. And then the upgrade would suddenly disappear unless Thomas or Garner are markedly improved.

LEFT TACKLE

The postive: Jake Long (pictured) plays there. 'Nuff said. Man's a beast.Jake long

The negative: Jake Longis very, very good. But has he fully arrived? Probably not. Dolphins are still working some technical things with him to make him better. Scary thought, by the way. Here's another scary thought: If Long gets hurt, the depth is an issue because it is unproven. The Dolphins drafted Andrew Gardner last year and have worked hard in the past year to make him stronger and a better technician. I have no idea if that project has worked or not because I've not seen him in a live practice or game since the 2009 preseason. Lydon Murtha is also a possibility, but again, I have no clue if the guy can play or not.

RIGHT TACKLE

Vernoncarey The positive: Vernon Carey (pictured) is established and usually solid. He is also proven to be dependable as he's started 75 consecutive games. Gardner has played right tackle before and the game experience he picked up last year is invaluable for a young player.

The negative: Carey seemed to be a little heavy and slower of foot late last year. He was by no means a dominant right tackle so improvement is hoped for, if not required. The Dolphins don't seem to have a lot of competition for this job and that's not necessarily a good thing because the coaches love competition and Carey could probably stand some pushing.

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Sorry if I offended anyone with the hokey pokey comment.My bad!

i never such a racist person as nj phin/bobbyd12 .he plays his game of blaming one guy when there are many people who hates him . enough of that .

Posted by: mark | May 23, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Interesting?

beerndrums, you have offended all Virginia Tech fans.

OK guys it's 12:03, time for a "LIVE" blog, Whats up people, ask a Question and see if the cuban can answer it....................

Guy's, What are your thoughts on the Fins off-season Acquisition's?????

CUBAN,

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BOSTON/MAGIC GAME 4 TONIGHT ?

Aloco, Celts complete the sweep tonite....... By the way, Saw a very funny movie this morning called "Miss May"or maybe it was called "Miss March" not sure of the name, dont really care either........ have you seen it????

I can't think of two better FA's signing than Dansby and Marshall.

cuban, WHAT DO YOU TINK OF MARSHALL HAVING A HIP SURGERY ?

COULD BE A REASON FOR CONCERN ?

WHO ARE THESE TWO PISTOL ?

The off season moves are way better than the Jets.We got playmakers (Dansby and Marshall),while the Jets got has beens (LT and Cromartie).The Pats didn't do much (Tory Holt is nobody now) and the Bills did nothing.I won't mention any drafted players because we don't know who will produce.Also,getting Nolan as a DC only adds to us having the best off season moves.

What do you mean Aloco?

It's going to be nice to have a DC who attacks instead of reacts.

SORRY PISTOL....I READ YOUR POST WRONG.....THE WORD ( I CAN'T ) AS I CAN .

Good Afternoon Dolfans & Oil Slickers

Thank Goodness Home Was The First To Call For FA Karlos Dansby To Be Signed By The Dolphins

Despite All The BS & Doubters That Said
"No Way Home!"

Well
Bite Me
Most Of U Do Not Know The Need For A New World Order or "International World Order"
Of Course To "Help U"
Obama Started To Explain The Need In His West Point Speech
U Know For Terrorism And What Not
See First U Create The Need & Then Bring In The One World Government Miltia

Your Family May Like Living In the Barbed Wire FEMA Camps, Motorola`s Virochip Implant(of course on a "voluntary" basis) New Series of Chemical Vaccination Shots & Working Hard For The Elite
Heard They May Have Open Standing Room Viewing For Miami Dolphins Games

So far, so good.

In his first week of full-team practice, Dansby already earned the praise of his coach and teammates with his work ethic -- in terms of studying and in the weight room.

And as for his production on the field?

``He really impressed me [his first practice], getting his hands on the football one time, stripped the football another time, made a great jump on the ball,'' Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said.


Gotta agree with you Beer, The Phins definitely Reloaded this year with the addition of Marshal and Dansby along with The new DC Nolan, Meanwhile the jets lost there best running back, KO returner and only added Ladlnian(2 years past my prime)Tomlinson, and added Jason (Twinkle toes)(also past my prime)Taylor and a couple more has beens to there Roster, They also have the Fattest coach this side of the Mississippi River in Rex(Two ton)Ryan in charge, I see a 8 and 8 season for them..........

Home, Take your "MEDS" and conform..............

Of Course
U All Told Me
Brandon Marshall Would Never Be
A Miami Dolphin Either For The Last 6 Months

Might As Well
Just Shout Down A Well To U Oblivious Mentally Challenged Dolfans

No Wonder Why
The New World Order Wants Over 5 Billion of U Dummies Dead

U Have No Insight
All U Nutritionally Challenged & China slave Buying Consumers Care About Is If McDonalds & Walmart R Open 24 Hrs
So U Can stand In Line With The Sheep
In Your CVS/Caremark or Walgreens Prescription
Hazed Out Drug Fed Drone Walking Stupor

Oh
Have A Nice Day!

Here we go again....

Oh
Have A Nice Day!

Posted by: Home | May 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Doe's this mean your leaving????????????(Hopefully)...........

Pistol, Hang tight and stick to your guns(HAHAHA) Dont let Mr.9/11 scare you away..........

I forgot all about Taylor joining the Jets.That's how much of a has been he is.

The Man(Jason Taylor) Should have to turn in his "Man credentials" for appearing on a Dance show in my Opinion..........

Those Earthquakes
Or The Massive 10+ Earthquake Coming To The USA Soon Is Not Caused By Cam Wake
While Cam Wake Will Make An Excellent Pass Rushing Specialist
The Real Cause Is HAARP
The Weapon Of Mass Destruction(USA`s Is In Alaska) Which Controls The Weather & Steers High & Low Pressure Systems

Of Course U R
Too Stupid To Figure This Out
So U Will Die
Thinking It Was Cam Wake Or "Mother Nature"

Guess This Seasons Record Historical Storms
Winds & Rain That Will Cause Massive Destruction From Phili to New York/New Jersey To Boston
That NostraHomeUs Is Predicting Will Be Just Another Coincidence
Even More Than All The New Miami Dolphin LBs Combined


Like When Home Was The Only One On The Planet That Predicted & Posted Over 100 Times
That The Miami Dolphins Would Win The AFC EAST In 2008

Hmmm.... Nother Coincidence?


Any Questions for the Vulturous and"Handicapped" breasted (TSTs)Hot Ashley????

It's kind of funny how the media embraces Brett Favres ankle surgery as the second coming,but Brandon Marshall having hip surgery spells the end of the world for the Dolphins.The Vikes are going to the SB and the Dolphins are playing for a high draft pick next year.....if there is one(in football or mankind according to home).Toot toot!!

PLEASE HOME, either put on you aluminum foil "Hat" or take your medication,nobody AND THE MENACE MEANS NOBODY wants to hear your shyt....................... now go contact Oliver Stone to see if he will make a movie on your thinking..... Thanks for stopping by..........

CUBAN, WHY ARE YOU MEAN TO HOME ? LET HIM SAY WHAT EVER HE WANTS TO SAY .DON'T TALK LIKE A GAGSTER ,IT'S NOT A CUBAN LIKE .

I have to go play my drums now before the woman gets home.Apparently they're loud and obnoxious but I wouldn't want it any other way.BTW Cuban,what are STSsss?

I meant TSTs?

Aloco, Please start paying attention to the stock market and quit dickin around on this blog.... I'am retiring in 15 years and need all the info I can get.... so go do your job............

Did U Miss All The Red Blood In the Ocean
& The Bible
Saying The Sea Will Turn Blood Red In The End Of Days?

Did U Think The Kansas City Chiefs And San Francisco 49ers Would Be Throwing their Uniforms In The Sea?

Or Once Again
U Just Did Not Think?

Fox news said this oil disaster would be much less than the drunken Valdez spill

Valdez spill = 13 million Gallons

Well
At 35 Days at 1 Million Gallons per day =
35 Million Gallons Already AS OF TODAY

With 9 Weeks To Go
9 times 7 = 63
63 times 1 Million more Gallons of Toxic Red Blood Oil
= 63 Million More Gallons
= 35 Million

= 98 Million Gallons!

FYI That Is More Gals OF Gatorade Than The Miami Dolphins Drink In One Season
U Get That, Huh?

Hey Thats Not What Fox News Said!

Imagine That
The Prophet
NostraHomeUs


Hmmm... Nother Coincidence

Beer, The powers that be wont let me post here but I'll see if can abrevate it." TWO SIZED T!TS".....

Home,

Most people know the world going to hell in a handbasket. Don't you know the illuminati created professional sports and the entertainment industry to distract us while they do they evil bidding? This where people come to be distract and forget about all the horrible things going on in the world to talk about the Miami Dolphins and football. Give the people peace.

Beer, Dont get me wrong, One is at least a 20 pounder but the other is a 17 pounder.......Know what I mean???

Home, the people here would rather talk snail trails than chem trails.

Beer, Put "Together" There the greatest thing I've ever "Come" across.... And Carlito, Dont bother with Home, we just dont pay attention to him anymore, usually after 30 or 40 minutes he goes away... Kinda like the Hiccups if you may..........

Sound like a fine pair. A happy couple.

THIS IS NOT THE REAL CUBAN MENACE .

makes me revert back to my early childhood........... MAMA.......

OK FAKE CUBAN ,GOOD DAY TO YOU .

FAKE CARLITO,GOOD DAY TO YOU ALSO .

OHHHHHHHH Aloco, It is me my Diminutive friend.....

i thought so too ,doesn't sound like the menace .

carlito is very easy to detect as fake .

Why Does Aloco remind me of "FEZ" from "That 70s show".... And Mandos picture looks like Fez........

I wish I could have a beer.

CoCo, It's me Bro............ It's in blue, so it must be me... Right??, I've drank 3 glasses of Cabernet with Ashley killing some time after work..........

So .....

Ahh ...

well ........

How Bout Them Dolphins?

& Can The New World Order Create Something
"Special w/Hurricane Alex

stay tuned

There's really no reason I can't.

LOL. waiting for a couple days for a new post, but in the meantime CUBAN, your commentary will surfice, thanks.

GO DOLPHINS!!!

11 13

Will The NFL Football Season be concluded in a full season in 2010?

Before The Massive 10+ HAARP Triggered USA Earthquake Hits

What Is This 11 13 NostraHomeUs keeps talking about?
So What?
They R Just Numbers, Right?

11 13
Hmmm...

I can't wait until I'm paying $15 for a double Black Label at the stadium.

Home, Iam conducting a live blog here, Do you have anything to ask me or Ashley??? if not refrain from you consparicy post till after 2pm, then you can post away.........thank you for your cooperation.... by the way, what was that noise coming from your cellar?????

11 13
or
11 + 13

or 11
or 13

or November 13th

Hmmm...

Who Is This Ashley U Speak Of?

No basement or cellar in South Florida Homes
U Get That, Huh?

Home, do you say to your female/or male(Not that there's anything wrong with that) guest in the cellar by saying "IT PUTS THE LOATION ON ITS SKIN OR ELSE IT GETS THE HOSE AGAIN"???? Just wondering.....

Cuban, what's the weather like up there today?

When U realize the mainstream media news is the conspiracy

NOT the truth Home speaks

we may continue sheeple

Sorry guys that last post was from me, The guy "Home" reminds me of that guy from "Silence of the lambs".HOT ASHLEY

Its a little cloudy around 70 degrees.HOT ASHLEY

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