Camp Countdown: Offensive Line

G Donald Thomas

Training Camp 2010 is scheduled to begin with the first practice in the afternoon of July 30, and it figures to be an intriguing summer for the Dolphins. We take a look at the Dolphins heading into camp by breaking down the team by position with an analysis of the biggest issue at each spot and a projection of the roster battles. This installment looks at the offensive line.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

On the roster: C Jake Grove, G Ray Feinga, G Richie Incognito, G/C Cory Procter, G Donald Thomas, G John Jerry, G Dimitri Tsoumpas, G/C Joe Berger, T Andrew Gardner, T Lydon Murtha, T Vernon Carey, T Jake Long, G/T Nate Garner

Number likely to be kept: 9

On the 2009 opening-day roster: T Jake Long, G Justin Smiley, C Jake Long, G Donald Thomas, T Vernon Carey, G/C Joe Berger, T Andrew Gardner, G/T Nate Garner, G Shawn Murphy

The big training camp question: Who will end up starting at guard and center between Vernon Carey and Jake Long?

Analysis: There's been an interesting development along the offensive line, where the Dolphins keep piling up solid players at the guard and center spots but have done little do add depth at tackle beyond Vernon Carey and Jake Long. Sure, Nate Garner is a solid tackle, but he's also among those who figure to compete for a starting job at guard. So the hope has to be that either one of two young players, Lydon Murtha or Andrew Gardner, develops quickly. Regardless, it has the makings of perhaps the strongest position on the team because the Dolphins do have a lot of quality. Newcomer Richie Incognito figures to earn the starting job at right guard and his aggressiveness should make this line better.

Who will make the team: Long, Carey, Grove, Incognito, Jerry, Thomas, Garner, Berger, Murtha

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