The Miami Dolphins have realized they won’t get anything out of versatile offensive lineman Nate Garner so they put him on IR. Ending his season before it could get started.
Garner re-aggravated a foot injury that he had during the off-season. The stress fracture took him out of training camp and surgery to repair the fracture did not allow him to get back onto the practice field. Suddenly one of the strongest units in the NFL is becoming a question mark.
The Dolphins find themselves suddenly lacking depth on the offensive line. With Vernon Carey, John Jerry, Jake Grove or Joe Berger, Richie Incognito, and LT Jake Long making up the starting unit, what lies behind is nothing to jump up and down about.
Consider that the back-up guard on the left side is Donald Thomas who has not come close to the flash he showed two seasons ago before leaving the season for IR. And he played on the right side then. Lydon Murtha and Andrew Gardner are backing up Jake Grove and neither are solid up and down the line. With Joe Berger and Jake Grove battling for the starting center spot, the man behind them, Andrew Hartline could be out of a job. He hasn’t shown the versatility to play other line spots.
Moving to the right it only gets worse. Vernon Carey has no back-up. The official depth chart is just him all by his lonesome. Backing up John Jerry are Corey Procter and Rey Feinga.
Guess what folks? That’s it. Completely it.
The strongest unit the Phins had last year is bordering on mediocre if for no other reason than this unit does not have the depth to keep players fresh.
The Dolphins don’t have a ton of options here. They either sign a free agent off the wire following the final cuts on Saturday…there will be more than a few, or they try and work a trade that will get them something better. Either way, they have to do something and they can’t wait until the regular season rolls around.
Suddenly, the offense isn’t looking as mean as it did two months ago.