Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
One of the bigger storylines heading into the game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills is the fact that the Bills have a dominant defensive line that could possibly cause all sorts of trouble for the Dolphins’ offensive line. However, one thing that some are overlooking is the fact that the Dolphins have just as much a dominant line as the Bills have and could cause their offensive line to have just as much trouble. It goes both ways and Joe Philbin certainly recognizes that, especially with a rookie at right tackle for both teams with Ja’Wuan James there for the Dolphins and Seantrel Henderson there for the Bills.
“It’s going to be important, obviously. We talk to the team about doing a great job on third down offensively. Both our games last year, in the first half, we did not do a good job. I think we were 1-of-15 on third down conversions early in both games, so we talked about it. Part of it is the ability they have to put pressure on the quarterback and their pass rush. It’s going to be important for us to protect the quarterback when we are up there, without a doubt. Certainly, we have a formidable pass rush of our own and so that’s going to be an interesting matchup in the game.”
Olivier Vernon and Henderson both attended the University of Miami and Vernon said that he believes Henderson can become a very good player in the NFL.
“I still think he was good. To this day, that’s the biggest, most athletic guy I’ve seen at his size. Even when I was at UM (University of Miami), I didn’t do anything. It goes hand in hand. I feel like he’s going to be a good player for that organization. We’ll see what happens.”
Cameron Wake lines up over the right tackle the majority of the time although the Dolphins do move players around from time to time. On the other side, it’s Mario Williams who will be trying to plow through James and get to the quarterback. It will be interesting to see how both hold up and see who the winner is at the end of the day.