Scouting Report: C/G Jake Grove

Center Jake Grove became the Dolphins' second unrestricted free agent acquisition of the offseason when he signed a five-year deal reportedly worth close to $30 million, with $14 million in guaranteed money. We know about Grove's resume, but what kind of player are the Dolphins getting? For the answer, we turned to Michael Wagaman of Silver & Black Illustrated (oak.scout.com) for the answer.

Here's what Wagaman told us:

"Grove had been plagued by injuries through most of his career with Oakland and hadn't really played up to expectations as a result. After undergoing microfracture knee surgery last year there were even more questions and concerns, leading the Raiders to sign veteran center John Wade.

"But Grove not only outplayed Wade in the preseason to win the starter's job, he came up with arguably the best season of his career. Is it coincidence that it was a contract year? Perhaps, but that doesn't take away from how well Grove played.

"He's strong at the point of contact and is quick enough to get out and move some. He also does a good job of calling and changing the protections. If there's an issue with him, it's that he's not been consistent from year to year and he also has problems in the shotgun.

"A good move for the Dolphins, though at the price it seems a little steep."


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