Miami Dolphins 2011 Offseason Preview: The Offensive Line

March 3, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The time has come to begin previewing the Dolphins' position by position entering the offseason (which we all hope officially begins next month with a new CBA). This article focuses on the offensive line.

The Dolphins used the uncapped year to part with some bloated salaries, as effective but injury-prone starters Justin Smiley and Jake Grove were jettisoned before the 2010 season began. The team also cut former starting right guard Donald Thomas, and lost versatile backup and potential starter Nate Garner to a foot injury.

In what became an entirely new interior offensive line, former backup Joe Berger inherited the center spot after strong play in relief of Grove in 2009. Free agent Richie Incognito signed a one-year deal and started at left guard, while third-rounder John Jerry of Ole Miss won the starting right guard out of training camp.

The two returning starters on the line were the tackles, as former first-rounders Jake Long and Vernon Carey...

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