I know there is much concern over the Dolphins offensive line only four days from the start of the regular season against Houston.
Is Jake Long healthy? Who is going to play at right guard now that Artis Hicks is on injured reserve? Can rookie Jonathan Martin hold up? Is there cohesion on this unit? Is there depth?
I say relax.
All is not doom and gloom. Things will be fine -- barring an injury in practice this week and at least until kickoff on Sunday.
The Dolphins offensive line is healthy, happy and ready to go. Jake Long is expected to be healthy enough to start against Houston after suffering an MCL sprain to his right knee 10 days ago. Long is practicing today.
The oft-troubling right guard spot has been inherited by the next man up and the one who started a couple of preseason games at the position. Yes, that is John Jerry. Yes, he missed time last week with some sort of ankle issue. He's fine. He's practicing. He's your guy at RG. (Don't ask me to account if he's going to play well or not or be able to hold up from a conditioning standpoint or not, but at least he'll be present Sunday.)
Martin? He'll be facing the like of J.J. Watts or Connor Barwin on Sunday. Both are proven pass-rushers. Yes, it is a concerning matchup. But I suppose the Dolphins will slide their protection to help the rookie. I suppose they will leave Long on the one-on-one island and help the rookie right tackle with double-teams and chips from running backs. I don't think it will be a disaster.
The rest of the starting line? Mike Pouncey is fine and needs to make a significant jump from a season ago. And Richie Incognito needs to continue being part of the solution and not a problem.
So the starting unit of LT Long, LG Incognito, C Pouncey, RG Jerry and RT Martin should be fine for now. Beyond that? I worry.
I worry that Will Yeatman is still a developmental player. I worry that Josh Samuda is a rookie and untested as well as unproven. I worry whether Nate Garner can stay healthy. And I worry that Ray Feinga is a guy who was good enough to get cut initially and only returned to the team because another player who actually made the team (Artis Hicks) got placed on injured reserve.
So what's the deal long-term for additions? Jake Scott is out there. So is Vernon Carey.
No NFL team has touched Scott primarily because he's been a mediocre player for a couple of years now and has injury issues. No one would want him on the roster the first week of the season and have to guarantee nearly $1 million in base salary to have him as a backup. Look for him to be a priority free agent call when a team suffers OL injuries after the first week.
Carey? He's retired and working as an assistant high school coach locally. He's not in shape, folks. Sorry.