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The perfect plan for the Dolphins offensive line

It'll be interesting tracking the progress of right tackle Ja'Wuan James and guard Billy Turner during training camp and throughout their entire rookie season.

Much is at stake for both men and the Dolphins have invested heavily and are depending on each to succeed relatively quickly.

No, the team hasn't voiced high expectations for either.

The Dolphins are actually being very, very careful not to put pressure on their rookie linemen even though everyone understands there is much expected of both men.

“They haven’t gave too many expectations as a set thing, but like I said before, I’m just coming in trying to compete," James said Friday. "I just want to contribute to the team the best way I can."

Well, let's be transparent ... The best way James, Miami's first-round pick, and Turner, Miami's third-round pick, can contribute is by being good enough to start and increase the level of play for an offensive line which was a disaster last season.

James is further along. He is more likely to get a call to the starting lineup right away.

But do not discount Turner, who I wrote my column about in Saturday's Miami Herald, and who is an impressive young man. You'll read in my column what approach Turner takes to playing and where that approach was born.

You'll see how that is quite different from the James approach.

There's nothing wrong with the James approach. But I prefer Turner's.

If everything, and I do mean everything, goes just as general manager Dennis Hickey hopes, the Dolphins' offensive line will look as follows in 2014:

LT: Branden Albert

LG: Billy Turner

C: Mike Pouncey

RG: Shelley Smith

RT: Ja'Wuan James

I like the idea of letting Turner and his attitude on the left side between two proven veterans. I like the idea of having James next to an experienced guard in Smith rather than another rookie.

After giving up an NFL leading and franchise record 58 sacks last season, after being the epicenter of a troubling harassment scandal, after being the target of so much bad publicity, it sure would be refreshing for the Miami line to work as anticipated, as planned.

Too much to ask?

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