As week one of Dolphin camp concludes today, Miami's offensive line has two questions answered. Jake Long and Vernon Carey will be the starting tackles when the team visits Buffalo on September 12.
Herein lies some of the biggest competitions in training camp. All three starting interior line positions are up for grabs.
Last year's starting center, Jake Grove was being rotated out with Joe Berger during the first couple of days. Berger is listed as a guard on the official roster. Grove is the only player listed as a center.
The battle for the two starting guard positions is very intriguing.
Richie Incognito, known in some circles as the "dirtiest player in the NFL" was brought in to add size and grit. He is listed at 6' 3" and 324 pounds on the Dolphins website. He started twelve games last year with the Rams and Bills.
Donald Thomas played in all sixteen games for Miami last year, twelve as a starter. He weighs in at 310 pounds. He was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for two straight games last year. He also was an anchor of a line that led the way for 239 rushing yards vs. AFC champion Indianapolis. He contributed to a ground game that gained 250 yards vs. Buffalo.
Newcomer Cory Proctor is also being given a look. Rookie John Jerry a third round draft pick is also being looked at in camp.
Although Thomas and Incognito look to be the front runners to be the starting guards, Proctor played with the first team early on.
When all is said and done at center Jake Grove should retain his starting role.
The Dolphins offense in general is looking the best it has in years. The line is no exception. This line was built around 2008 top draft pick Jake Long. It continues to get better.
It should be interesting to see what transpires as training camp progresses.
One thing is certain, Long and Carey will be the starting tackles.