THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the offensive line.

It's looking less and less like the Dolphins will be shopping for a veteran to start at left offensive tackle and more and more like Mark Dixon will be the starter once again.

What does that mean? Is that good or bad?

That obviously all depends on the health of both Dixon and starting left guard Jamie Nails. If both get through the season healthy, the Dolphins offensive line will be just fine, if not real good.

The one change we do foresee along the offensive line involves Seth McKinney, who probably is too good a talent to keep as a backup. Our best guess at this point is that once the Dolphins become satisfied that Nails will be fine for the start of camp, right guard Todd Perry will become a cap casualty.

That would mean a starting offensive line of Dixon at left tackle, Nails at left guard, Tim Ruddy at center, McKinney at right guard and Todd Wade at right tackle.

The backups entering the season would be young players Wade Smith, Taylor Whitley and Greg Jerman, who the Dolphins are really high on.

At this point, Perry represents a good insurance policy, but if Nails is healthy, he might be too pricey to be a backup.


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