Billy Turner was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft and one year later, he is penciled in as the starting right guard for the Miami Dolphins. This news comes from head coach Joe Philbin's breakfast with the media on Tuesday afternoon from the league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.
Philbin said that he prefers Turner to play the right guard position because that's the most comfortable place for him to get into the proper stance. He noted that if a player can't get in the right stance, he can't play the position. This presumably means that Turner has struggled playing the left guard position in practices.
Some will question why Turner didn't play last season, especially if the coaching staff is so high on him heading into this season. Philbin said that the reason for this was because Samson Satele was able to play at an effective level at the center position, allowing them to move Mike Pouncey to guard.
As for the other guard position, Philbin said that they like Dallas Thomas and the improvement that he has made over the past few years but noted that he has work to do. While he and Mike Tannenbaum have been hinting that Thomas will enter training camp as the starter, I firmly believe it's a smokescreen and the Dolphins will look to the draft or sign a surprise veteran who is cut to fill the other side of the line.
We'll see how it all shakes out but one thing to keep in mind is that there is a lot of time left between now and the start of the season in September. Tannenbaum confirmed this by telling Pro Football Talk that the team will have a different look on Labor Day compared to what it looks like at this current time.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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