Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Position Battles Ahead Of 2021

Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Position Battles Ahead Of 2021

Some roles on the Miami Dolphins roster were clearly defined by their offseason moves. Others are going to have to fight for their snaps in training camp.

With the vast majority of player movement settled, the team roster is all but set. The starting lineup still has some wiggle room, though, as players start reporting for OTAs and show off the work they put in during the offseason.

Depth is key in the NFL. That fact will only become more apparent as the league embarks on its first 17-game schedule. Here are the roles that will see some competition throughout the summer and are worth keeping an eye on. Here are the roles that will see some competition throughout the summer and are worth keeping an eye on:

The first group we looked at was the wide receiver group as can be seen through this link, the next position we are going to dive into is going to be the offensive line group.

The Dolphins’ offensive line is young and therefore has a lot of room to grow. The unit finished 28th in Pro Football Focus’s final rankings last season. That shouldn’t come as a shock. Miami’s primary mode of finding starters was in the draft. It started three rookies up front, and it can be hard for the big men to have success in their first season.

Current Lineman on the roster

Tackles:

  • Austin Jackson
  • Liam Eichenberg
  • Robert Hunt
  • DJ Fluker
  • Jesse Davis
  • Johnathan Hubbard
  • Larnel Coleman

Guards:

  • Micheal Deiter
  • Solomon Kindley
  • Adam Pankey
  • Robert Jones
  • Jermaine Eluemunor

Centers:

  • Matt Skura
  • Tyler Gauthier
  • Cameron Tom

Jackson, who was selected in the first round last year, figures to be the left tackle. The right tackle position battle will come down to Eichenberg, Hunt, and Davis. Hunt played the position last year but could also be kicked inside to guard. It would seem likely whoever the Dolphins don’t go with on the outside will inhabit the right guard spot.

Jackson as a rookie only allowed four sacks on 848 snaps played last season, which was tied for 19th best at left tackle. Pro Football Focus rated him 78th of 83 qualifying tackles and 76th as a run blocker. The Dolphins knew he was a somewhat raw prospect coming out of Southern California.

Head Coach Brian Flores on rookie Eichenberg,

“He’s got versatility to play left (tackle), right (tackle), guard; so like always, we’re always looking to play the best five so he’s got to earn his role on this team,” head coach Brian Flores said, per the team’s website.

Fluker signed a one-year deal with Miami this offseason. He played in all 16 games, including eight starts, splitting time with rookie Tyre Phillips at right tackle. Fluker was a solid run blocker for Baltimore’s No. 1 rushing attack, which produced the third-most yards ever in a 16-game NFL season.

Hunt lined up at tackle last year and got better as the Miami Dolphins season rolled on but this year, he will likely start at guard. He is a big football player and he plays well at tackle and the Dolphins believe he will make an even better guard.

Kindley will be returning for his second season and looks to be a lock as a starting guard. He has the ability to play either right or left.

Deiter only played 23 snaps on offense last season. Like Hunt he has position flexibility, he can play guard or center. If Deiter is unable to earn the starting spot at guard, he will challenge Skura for the starting position.

Skura was signed this offseason from Baltimore. An issue for Skura is that he had a terrible knee injury in 2019. That injury was to his MCL and ACL and last year; he never really looked as though he had recovered. Eventually, his inconsistent play got him benched.

My projections (left to right along the offensive line):

  • Austin Jackson
  • Solomon Kindley
  • Matt Skura
  • Robert Hunt
  • Liam Eichenberg

Reserves:

  • DJ Fluker
  • Jesse Davis
  • Michael Deiter
  • Robert Jones

Am I leaving someone out that you believe makes the active roster? Is there a player you want to see the Dolphins sign in free agency right now? Let me know in the comments below or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter with the information below.

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