THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted on weekdays and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the left tackle spot.

We are two days away from the magical June 1 date, the day when veterans around the league will start getting released because teams take a smaller salary-cap hit by waiting after that day.

That means some veterans will become available, and among them should be a couple of offensive tackles.

But don't be surprised if the Dolphins don't make a push to sign any of them.

More and more, it's looking like the Dolphins will be happy to go into the 2003 season with Mark Dixon as the starter at that spot, with second-year player Greg Jerman as his backup.

The Dolphins think Dixon can do a solid job at that spot if he has fully recovered from his 2001 leg injury, and all indications are that he has. Dixon isn't a very big offensive lineman, but he's got good feet, he's tenacious and he's also technically sound.

So he should be able to get the job done.

As for Jerman, the Dolphins think they have a player in this guy, who made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent last year.

From this end, Dixon should be just fine at left tackle. The bigger concern along the offensive line should be the ability of left guard Jamie Nails to bounce back from his Achilles injury.

But the bottom line is that Ricky Williams led the NFL in rushing last season, so the line obviously did some things right.


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