Head coach Adam Gase still searching for the right mix up front… supposedly.
Fortune smiled upon the Dolphins at the NFL draft when Laremy Tunsil — considered the top prospect this year by many analysts — wound up falling all the way to their pick at No. 13. Yet, despite being perhaps the most NFL-ready player in his class, coach Gase has been non-commital about naming Tunsil a starter.
According to Omar Kelly for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Tunsil has been getting an extended look with the first-team offense at left guard the past couple of practices, leading many to conclude that the rookie is closing in on a starting job. As far as who will start at left guard for Miami’s preseason game against the Cowboys this Friday though, Gase basically said we’ll have to wait and see.
“We are still toying with what we want to do there for the first period of the game,” Gase said, suggesting different players could get opportunities with the starters at guard.
It’s interesting that Tunsil is not already a shoe-in considering the competition. Dallas Thomas was not the solution at left guard last season, while free-agent addition Jermon Bushrod turns 32 this week and was last serving as a reserve on a mediocre Bears line.
It seems Gase is making Tunsil earn his role rather than just handing him the job, a scenario that plays out in training camps across the NFL every year. In this case however, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the Ole Miss product will be manning the left guard spot for the Dolphins in 2016.