Dolphins Q&A: Offensive line questions; hassle with cellular QBs; what’s up with Gesicki?
Here’s the most recent installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, the place South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Chris Perkins reply questions from readers.
Q: I’m nonetheless not offered on the O-Line … particularly seeing Austin Jackson/Greg little taking place in Week 1. Do you see Miami upgrading their O-line? — @SlicerTimbo on Twitter
A: They’re all the time wanting and all the time procuring, and there can be urgency if right tackle Austin Jackson’s apparent ankle injury is severe. But, yeah, the road stays a query mark, and as we noticed towards New England, groups will take benefit, each on the proper edge and within the center. Look for Baltimore to do the identical. Left deal with Terron Armstead is a brick wall. But groups know they will assault in every single place else. Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon was extra of a headache on cross rushes as the sport wore on. Coach Mike McDaniel stated Monday “you can’t take advantage of really good things by some players unless everyone is in concert.”
This offensive line wants time to search out its strengths, and then you definitely coach/sport plan to these strengths. The apparent downside is it’s Week 2, and also you’re nonetheless trying to find these issues your offensive line does effectively, and also you’re observing three powerful video games. For now, they want to determine a method to play to this present offensive line’s strengths, each within the cross sport and run sport, which I’m positive coaches are doing. I may see a transfer for an improve if issues don’t enhance after the primary month or so.
Q: This Dolphins D has traditionally had issues with cellular QBs. Do you assume this employees can regulate their pondering? Or will they proceed to be exploited by cellular QBs? — @JLinz13 on Twitter
A: You’re in all probability uninterested in listening to me discuss in regards to the protection already, however I’ve plenty of perception in that group as a game-changing, play-making unit. I’m not saying they’re the perfect protection within the NFL. But these guys make performs. Period. They change video games. So if you ask me whether or not they’ll have issues with a cellular quarterback I’ll inform you I believe they will reduce the injury. Lamar Jackson can crush any protection. Yeah, they’ll have issues with him.
By the best way, the Ravens misplaced left deal with Ja’Wuan James, the ex-Dolphins participant, to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon, and cornerback Kyle Fuller to a season-ending torn ACL, so these absences can be felt. Still, I’m positive the Ravens’ offensive line, which was manhandled by the Dolphins’ entrance seven final yr, can be respiratory fireplace. But I believe defensive coordinator Josh Boyer and his gamers are repeatedly studying and getting higher. I believe they’ll play profitable soccer Sunday.
Q: Thoughts on TE scenario? Potential commerce and so on. — @B_RocGeezy on Twitter
A: Coach McDaniel stated Monday he thought Mike Gesicki, who ended with one reception for one yard in 25 snaps (42%), could be extra concerned. Sometimes video games evolve in methods you didn’t foresee. Is there a spot for Gesicki on this offense? We’ll see.
But except he learns to dam higher it gained’t be a serious function. I’m guessing groups will name the Dolphins about Gesicki’s commerce availability because the season wears on and accidents mount. By the best way, tight finish Cethan Carter is in concussion protocol. If he misses any size of time it’ll be fascinating to see whether or not the Dolphins purchase a blocking tight finish.
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