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Dolphins Developing Consistency On Offensive Line

The Dolphins have kept the same first-team offensive line since the early days of training camp, and there's every indication it's going to be staying that way.

Head Coach Brian Flores said Monday he has liked what he has seen from the unit of Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, rookie Michael Deiter at left guard, Daniel Kilgore at center, rookie Shaq Calhoun at right guard and Jesse Davis at right tackle.

"Well, I think the two young guys (Deiter and Calhoun) are improving and developing," Flores said. "I feel good about the five guys that are rolling right now. I think the communication is improving on a weekly basis. I think the technique, the fundamentals are improving. I think they're working well together — guard to tackle, center to guard and then the entire group."

Brian Flores has been impressed with the veterans and rookies on the line.
Brian Flores has been impressed with the veterans and rookies on the line.

Deiter and Calhoun moved to the first-team unit and Davis slid over from right guard to right tackle after the first four practices of camp, the move coinciding with Dave DeGuglielmo replacing Pat Flaherty as offensive line coach.

It would the first time in team history that two rookies have started at guard for a season opener. Also, the last time two rookies started a season opener on the OL was in 2008—Jake Long and Donald Thomas.

Flores praised the mentoring role the three veterans on offensive line have played with Deiter and Calhoun.

As with everything else on the team, though, Flores is looking for his offensive line to keep getting better as the regular season approaches.

"There can always be improvement, but I like what I've seen from those five guys, and hopefully they'll continue to improve," Flores said. "But each game is a little bit different. Each game is an experience, and hopefully we just continue to improve and get better."

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