Despite speculation in the media that the Dolphins had to be angling for a left tackle in free agency or the draft, the decision was made to place that responsibility on last year’s second-round draft pick out of Stanford,
BREAKING DOWN DOLPHINS OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
• Mike Pouncey C (6-5, 305) — With each snap of the ball, Pouncey continues to emerge from the shadow of his twin brother, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, and has earned the respect of opponents and teammates alike. Secure in his position at the start if training camp, the 2011 first-round draft pick has a solid rapport with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and appears ready to grab hold of that leadership role on the offensive line.
• Lance Louis G (6-3, 320) — Louis had developed into a solid starter for the Chicago Bears when he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee last November 25th at Minnesota and finished the year on IR. Miami signed him as an unrestricted free agent on March 27th of this year and with 24 career starts under his belt he is expected to compete with John Jerry for the starting right guard spot.
• Richie Incognito G (6-3, 319) — Incognito made it to his first Pro Bowl in what was his eighth NFL season in 2012 after starting all 16 games at left guard and formed a strong left side of that line next to Pouncey. With Jonathan Martin moving over from right tackle to left tackle, he will be asked to help ease that transition both on the field and inside the meeting room, but speaking up has never been a problem for the former Nebraska Cornhusker.
• Dallas Thomas G/T (6-5, 315) — The Dolphins used their first third-round draft pick on Thomas out of Tennessee because they liked what they saw on film and how he graded out on the scouting reports. A four-year letterman for the Vols, Thomas started 25 consecutive games at left tackle before moving to left guard as a senior and has the flexibility to play both at the next level, which he will try to prove in training camp.
• Jonathan Martin T (6-5, 312) — Martin is going back to his natural position in his second year, the one he thrived at during his years at Stanford protecting the blind side of Andrew Luck. The second-round pick with a high intellect was Miami’s starting right tackle for 12 games before ending the season on the left side after Long was lost to injury and he bulked up in the offseason in order to better handle the stronger pass rushers, so this camp is an important one for him to reward the coaching staff for their confidence in him.
• John Jerry G (6-5, 345) — Jerry endured the scrutiny that came with the Dolphins’ appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks and started all 16 games at right guard, delivering on the expectations that come with being a third-round draft pick back in 2010 out of Ole Miss. His starting spot is not assured by any means, which he is aware of thanks to the signing of Louis and the drafting of Thomas, so he hopes to get off to a fast start in camp.
• Tyson Clabo T (6-6, 315) — Clabo brings with him the experience of making a deep playoff run with the Atlanta Falcons last season and has started 91 consecutive games, which is the fourth most among active tackles in the league. This is his eighth season and he has been selected to one Pro Bowl (2010), so he also brings a veteran presence to the line and should be able to help Martin as well while also making Tannehill comfortable.
There are six other offensive linemen looking to crack the 53-man roster or at least be assigned to the practice squad – undrafted rookie free agent guards