The Dolphins can say whatever they want about finding value guards to play along the line. It doesn’t work. Ted Larsens torn bicep will keep him out until the half way point of the season but was he really an upgrade to the position? Not at all.
Larsen is just another name added to the list of “hope-so’s”. His NFL career only produced a handful of starts and those came with mixed results. Miami has yet to truly address either guard position. Jermon Bushrod at right guard is a stop-gap player on a one year deal.
The Dolphins are hoping that Anthony Steen, Kraig Urbik, Jesse Davis, and Isaac Asiata can develop but that will take time and the Dolphins are relying on this development to win this season. It’s a risky play for a team that still has serious health questions with their starting center. A position by the way that has no back-up plan outside of Jake Brendel and Anthony Steen.
Guard is going to be the Dolphins Achilles’ heel this year if one player can’t step up and take control.