The mandate for a more athletic offensive line was no joke.
who participated in the offseason program, and had to develop the stamina not only to cope with the South Florida warmth, but also the heat of an increased play load, and the demand for more athletic pulls.
: Starters – LT
. Backups – OT
, OT Andrew McDonald, OT Dustin Waldron, OG Derek Dennis, C Josh Samuda
BY THE NUMBERS:
ON THE HOT SEAT:
Jerry, a 2010 third-round pick, was penciled in as the starting right guard, but weight concerns have prompted the Dolphins to explore other options, including placing Artis Hicks into the rotation, as well as looking at free agents such as former
Long, Incognito, Pouncey, Hicks and Martin, the team's second-round pick, are locks. Questions remain regarding Murtha, Jerry, Garner, Cook and Feinga. The Dolphins will carry at least eight offensive linemen on the 53-man roster, and maybe two on the practice squad.
This is the sixth straight season the Dolphins offensive line is a work in progress. The entire right side is being rebuilt, and Miami’s searching for capable guards and tackles who can fortify a unit that features Long, a Pro Bowler, and Pouncey, a center taken in the first round of the 2011 draft.
The Dolphins are searching for offensive linemen who excel in the team’s new zone blocking scheme, which doesn't necessarily fit Incognito's skillset. But considering Incognito is coming off his best season, and appears fit, it is possible he could adapt.
Hicks, a 10-year veteran who has started 71 games, unseated Jerry as the front-runner to man the right guard spot during the offseason program. Martin has more status than Murtha, which should give him the edge for the starting right tackle spot. But considering Martin played left tackle his entire college career at Stanford the transition to the right side has been rough on the rookie, especially when the coaches unleashed
on him during minicamp.