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Miami RT will be a newbie

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2014 – 3:18 pm

The Dolphins have no time to experiment when it comes to addressing the offensive tackle positions in the wake of the season-ending injury to starting LT Branden Albert. With Albert going to I-R, rookie right tackle Ju’Wuan James will flip to the left side and guard Dallas Thomas will kick out to right tackle.

That according to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Thomas, who started at left guard Sunday in place of an injury Daryn Colledge, kicked out to right tackle when James went over to the left side. Thomas has not seen a lot of the field since he was made a third-round pick of the Dolphins in 2013. He has yet to have an NFL start at offensive tackle, but it looks like that will change on Thursday night.

“I like what he’s done, I really do,” said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin of Thomas. “He’s clearly much, much further along than he was a year ago. We have a lot more confidence in him. Just his ability in one game to play left guard and then flip over and play right tackle, and function relatively well speaks a lot to his level of preparation, his intelligence, those types of things. I think he’s making good progress. I like what he’s done. Dallas (Thomas) has gotten some work over his year-and-a-half. We’ll make it work. We’re going to make it work.”

Philbin said that Thomas in practice has gotten more reps at tackle than guard this year, so the move makes sense. Thomas will be matched up with Bills DE Mario Williams.

 


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