By: Jason Sarney
When looking at the areas of the Miami Dolphins that need improvement, mainly from the last few seasons, look no further than the offensive line. During last week’s free agency windfall, the offensive line added two key components to improve as a group. A group that was ranked close to the bottom of the league in 2019.
In terms of yards per carry the offensive line gave to their ball-carriers, the Dolphins rotational group collectively ranked 31st in the league with a mere 3.3 yards a rush attempt.
They were 25th in the league with just 10 seasonal rushing scores and they tied for worst in the league in terms of sacks allowed with 58. That’s an average of 3.6 sacks per game.
Miami needed help and that arrived in the form of 6’6’’ 330 lb. guard, Ereck Flowers. The Miami product now will have the opportunity to play “all three levels” in Miami, high school, NCAA, and NFL.
Flowers was a product of Miami Norland High School and attended the University of Miami as a Hurricane. After being drafted in the 1st round by the New York Giants in 2015, the 9th overall selection spent a year in Jacksonville and last season as a Redskin.
While playing guard mainly, Flowers has the versatility to play tackle, and although the plan for him is not yet set in stone, it is likely Flowers will command the left guard position. He will line up with another new veteran on the line to his right, in center Ted Karras.
Flowers was asked what makes for good offensive line play, and the hometown hero said, then added, “Preparation. That’s from coaching to the players in both aspects; being on the same page, with most o-line players, its muscle memory."
That preparation has started, even at home during this new world we are living in with the Covid-19 scare. Miami fans can be confident that Flowers is, "putting the work in," he stated. Fitness and dealing with the Miami heat and humidity should not worry Flowers, as he is adapted to the South Florida climate and even will be utilizing his home training devices plenty.
"I actually have a Peloton,” Flowers said, as the Zoom interview session came to a close. Flowers comes home with a brand new three-year deal, and he hopes to fit in like he never even left the state, as he helps pedal the Dolphins to an eventual Super Bowl finish line within those contracted years.
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