Summary: The offensive line was expected to undergo a fairly signicant overhaul in the offseason after last year's atrocious performance, but the personnel changes turned out to be rather limited. In fact, the only acquisitions of significance were free agent tackle Stockar McDougle and, to a lesser degree, guard/tackle Damion Cook. The Dolphins think they'll be better up front because the players individually will improve and also because new offensive line coach Hudson Houck will get the most of his group. One thing for sure, it won't be difficult to do better than last year.
The battles: There has been some juggling up front, with Vernon Carey moving from right tackle to left tackle, where he will challenge incumbent Damion McIntosh for the starting job. In addition, Wade Smith is moving from tackle to center, while last year's starting right tackle, John St. Clair, could see time at guard. There should be competition at most spots during training camp, with McDougle and left guard Jeno James probably the two surest things to be in the starting lineup. In addition to the left tackle spot, Rex Hadnot figures to battle St. Clair at right guard, while Seth McKinney will try to hold off Smith and possibly Hadnot at center.
Projected starters: Stockar McDougle (RT), Rex Hadnot (RG), Seth McKinney (C), Jeno James (LG), Vernon Carey (LT)
Projected on the 53-man roster: McDougle, Hadnot, McKinney, James, Carey, John St. Clair, Damion McIntosh, Wade Smith, Damion Cook