Hadnot Hanging In There: UPDATED

The biggest story of training camp continues to be the offensive line and the fact that the first-team offense features two unlikely members, rookie guard Drew Mormino and tackle Anthony Alabi. The flip side to the story, though, involves two guys who were considered locks to start. One of them is Rex Hadnot.

Hadnot has been working with the second-team offense throughout the early portion of camp, but he lined up with the first-team offense at right guard when the team did a short walk-through at the start of Wednesday afternoon's practice.

Coach Cam Cameron had said during the offseason, "Rex Hadnot is our right guard," before adding that Hadnot had the potential to become a great guard.

Cameron hasn't divulged exactly why Hadnot has gone from that position to not even lining up with the first team at the start of camp, and Hadnot, for his part, has been forced to answer questions about his status throughout the early part of camp.

"It's been frustrating from a competitive standpoint," Hadnot said Wednesday. "I just have to see the bigger picture, which I've tried to do. My focus is on just getting better in my technique and just make the most of it when I get my shot."

Hadnot has done his best to remain polite and answer questions thrown his way, but it's pretty obvious he's getting tired of being asked about his status.

One can only suspect that Cameron has told him exactly why this is happening, although we don't expect them to tell us.

Zach Thomas said this week he liked the aggressiveness of the rookie linemen, meaning Samson Satele and Mormino, and maybe that aggressiveness is the reason Mormino has been lining up with the first team.

It seemed inconceivable at the start of camp that Mormino would start ahead of Hadnot at guard, but with every passing day we start to wonder more and more.

Hadnot started all season at center last year but has worked exclusively at guard in camp. His versatility, however, is a plus and it would seem a lock that he'll make the 53-man roster.

But the way things are going, we just don't know anymore, although Wednesday afternoon's development might seem to indicate that maybe the Dolphins were simply experimenting with different combinations.

Regardless, one of the questions Hadnot was asked on Wednesday was whether it was too early for a depth chart to be released (it has to be, by league rules).

"You have to have a depth chart," he said. "That's not my concern. All I'm looking to do is improve. If everybody improves, the whole line will improve."


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