Steve Mitchell

Dolphins Training Camp: O-Line Struggles

Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins defensive line flourished while the offensive line struggled to find its footing.

It’s Day 4 of training camp and the veteran defensive line made up of 3 pro- bowlers: Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, and Mario Williams--is reeking havoc upon the offensive line.

This is a great achievement for a unit that Head Coach Adam Gase talks trash to on a regular basis and the sky is the limit for this pass-rushing unit (provided they all stay healthy). A strong pass-rush is key for a suspect secondary. However, this is a concern for the offense.

With so many players on the roster early on in Training Camp, the 1st team offense can only get limited reps together. Thus far in camp, the offensive flow has been interrupted due to would-be sacks, deflected passes at the line of scrimmage, or Tannehill being flushed from the pocket causing him to throw the ball away. When Tannehill does have time, he tends to throw to Jarvis Landry for a 5-10 yard gain (typical).

Most of the pressure seems to be coming from the right side of the line where RT Ja’Wuan James and RG’s Jermon Bushrod and Billy Turner play. They have been taking on the brunt of the attack led by Suh and Wake.

After drafting Top-5 talent LT Laremy Tunsil in the 1st round and adding him to a unit that consists of 3 other 1st round picks (Mike Pouncey, Branden Albert, Ja’Wuan James), the Dolphins were expected to be able to finally protect their young quarterback. This doesn’t seem to be the case so far in camp.

With so many talented weapons this year, including newly acquired RB Arian Foster, many have been eager to see what Ryan Tannehill can do in Gase’s new offense. Unfortunately, the first day of pads left plenty more to be desired.

The good news is that this is only Day 4, and there is plenty of time left to get things going. For the coaches, the beginning of camp is more about trimming the bottom of the roster and focusing on which players will make the team. As the team roster is narrowed down, the 1st teamers will be able to get more reps.



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