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Miami Dolphins offensive line comes together for regular season

There's still one more preseason game and a round of cuts to bring the roster to 53 players but the Miami Dolphins' offensive line seems to have come together for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener.

That offensive line against the Washington Redskins (barring a major upset or setback) will be: LT Branden Albert, LG Dallas Thomas, C Mike Pouncey, RG Jamil Douglas, RT Ja'Wuan James.

Yes, expect Albert as the starter in his first game back since he blew out a knee at Detroit last November. There was uncertainty about that issue over the weekend, but with more work this week with the first-team line, no less, Albert's status is looking stronger for the opener.

Indeed, one source tells me Albert looked quite good in practice Tuesday. So barring an unexpected setback, he'll be the left tackle.

The worst-kept secret of the offensive line is the replacing of Billy Turner at right guard with rookie Jamil Douglas. As The Herald's Barry Jackson noted, Douglas pulled ahead of Turner after the preseason game Saturday.

By today players throughout the locker room, including Douglas, were talking about how Douglas is the new starter at the position. And with starters not playing at all or very little against Tampa Bay in the preseason finale Thursday, the lineup isn't going to change.

Douglas is the right guard for the opener barring an unexpected circumstance.

Turner, who had been the starter at right guard most of camp, said he had not been told of the change. Well, if that is true, he should have gotten the message when he took practically no first-team snaps in practice.

"I'm still getting reps," Turner said. "I'm working in practice in the areas I need to work at in the reps I get. I did some thing well. I did some things poorly ... I'd love to be better. Who wouldn't? There's things in my pass pro I want to get better at. There's things in my run technique I want to get better at. I wouldn't say there's one specific thing."

Coach Joe Philbin, playing his coy card, said no decision has been made as to who is starting at guard. But he was much more effusive in talking about Douglas than Turner today.

"He made some plays in space," Philbin said of Douglas. "He's played pretty decisive for a young guy, he's picked up the system well. He's done some good things."

In talking about Turner, Philbin said the player has improved this training camp but his major issue that needs improvement?

"Consistency," Philbin said.

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