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Miami Dolphins TC Report: Carousal Continues on Offensive Line

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The experiment on the Dolphins’ first-team offensive line continues.

A day after moving Richie Incognito to right guard and calling Dallas Thomas up to first-team left guard, the Dolphins moved one of the league’s best centers in Mike Pouncey to right guard and replaced him with Josh Samuda in the middle.

John Jerry’s injury is apparently serious. Would the Dolphins be going through so much trouble to replace him at right guard if it wasn’t?

Jerry is rumored to be walking around on crutches and has been seen with ice wrapped around his knee. If true, it looks like the Dolphins will have to make do without him for awhile.

But how far should Miami go to replace him? Is moving Mike Pouncey, a Pro-Bowl caliber center, to guard too far?

Pouncey certainly has the ability to play guard and was considered by many to be a better fit there coming out of the draft. But he’s been a sure thing at center for the Dolphins and one of the team’s only consistent players along the offensive line.

Then again, it’s all about finding the right balance of linemen. If Josh Samuda proves to be a starting-caliber center, I’m confident Pouncey will be just as dominant at right guard.

But we’ll hold off on speculating any further. For now, the new lineups on the offensive line are nothing more than experiments until one of them sticks.

More from camp this morning:

Dimitri Patterson plays well on first team

A $4.6 million salary doesn’t seem so bad for a starter. That’s exactly what Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson could become if practices like this morning’s become a trend.

Patterson broke up several passes after getting a call up to the first team to replace Richard Marshall. Once considered a likely cut, Patterson is looking more and more like a sure thing to make the team.

And if he continues to play well into the preseason he could permanently replace Marshall as one of the team’s two starting boundary corners. In said scenario, Marshall would likely return to the starting nickel role–the position he was signed by the Dolphins last year to play.

The competition at cornerback will likely become one of the most intriguing storylines of the exhibition season, especially when second-round pick Jamar Taylor returns from injury.

Running game shows promise

Despite all of the fluctuation along the offensive line, the Dolphins ran the ball well during this morning’s practice.

Lamar Miller reportedly broke off a couple 20-plus yard runs. Fifth-round pick Mike Gillislee had some impressive runs as well.

It wasn’t all positive from the Dolphins’ backs, though. Daniel Thomas coughed up another fumble that was recovered by Jared Odrick.

Ball security has always been an issue for Thomas and if he can’t be relied on to secure the football, the Dolphins would be best served to consider a larger role for backs like Gillislee and Jonas Gray.

Injury report

Cornerback Jamar Taylor (hernia) and kicker Caleb Sturgis (groin) were held out of practice once again.

Up next

The Dolphins will practice Sunday morning at 8 a.m. The workout will be open to Fin Club members only.

Sources: Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald

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