The Miami Dolphins have their first regular season depth chart and on Monday head coach Adam Gase confirmed that Laremy Tunsil and Arian Foster are indeed the starters.
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The announcement comes with little to no surprise. The Dolphins drafted Tunsil in round one after the fell from the top overall spot to 13. The Dolphins did not need a left tackle, this year, but they did need a left guard.
Entering training camp, Tunsil was listed as the teams third guard specifically behind Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner, or a combination of the two. By pre-season week 2, Tunsil was getting his first game starts.
Adam Gase told reporters on Monday that Tunsil had earned the promotion. Jermon Bushrod will start at right guard.
At running back the Dolphins were supposed to hand the keys to Jay Ajayi after they opted to not pursue Lamar Miller allowing him to leave in free agency. With a lack of quality experience at the position, the Dolphins signed Arian Foster days before camp began.
Foster who spent much of the 2015 season on IR with an Achilles injury was slow to come back and really didn’t play an awful lot in pre-season however when he did play, he looked much better than Ajayi.
Miami has to be at least a little dissappointed in Ajayi thus far but he has the talent to be explosive and should split carries with Foster close to 50% of the time. With the likely split in carries being named the starter is really on lip-service. That being said, if Foster can stay healthy he could have a huge impact on the offense.
On the other side of the ball it appears that Xavien Howard with limited practice time this pre-season and only game four of on field experience will get the start on Sunday against the Seahawks.