Miami Dolphins have a decision to make with Ja’Wuan James


When the Miami Dolphins needed their offensive line to be at their best, they turned to Billy Turner and took Ja’Wuan James off the field.

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Head coach Adam Gase had seen enough and he wasn’t going to head into overtime watching his starting right tackle miss more blocks that could and should have cost the Dolphins the game.

As the Miami Herald reported after Sunday’s game, Gase had Ja’Wuan James removed for the extra period of play. James had a bad day. He was consistently beaten on the outside which led to too many hits on Ryan Tannehill. Including a hit early when Tannehill threw the pick-6 interception.

When the game was on the line and the Dolphins on their own end of the field James gave up the strip sack that put the Browns in position to win the game. Instead, they missed their 3rd field goald and the game went into overtime.

The Dolphins were already short on the line when Anthony Steen went down with an ankle injury and Kraig Urbik stepped in. With James’ poor play on the outside, Gase wasn’t about to take any more chances in OT.

Miami will need to determine how they move forward with the former first round pick who  has not come close to his draft stock or potential. James has been adequate following his first year in which he showed a lot of postive improvements. He was injured most of 2015.

It’s not clear if the Dolphins are going to shake up the right side of the line just yet but if James does play, he will be on a short leash against a solid Bengals defensive front. It will be interesting if the Dolphins activate Dallas Thomas this week. Thomas has been on the inactive list each of the first three weeks.