Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:10 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
With Daryn Colledge most likely set to miss Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers with a migraine and a sinus infection, what do the Miami Dolphins plan to do in his absence? According to Joe Philbin, all options are on the table.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out. We’re going to play the five best guys that are ready to go, so I wouldn’t rule anything out. We want a guy who is productive, who can execute his technique, his fundamentals, his assignment, whatever we’re asking him to do, whether we’re asking him to run block or pass block, within the scheme, whatever the scheme may be. We’re looking for a smart guy, tough, physical. “Whoever is going to line up on Sunday at one o’clock, I’m definitely going to be comfortable with, absolutely.”
One possibility is Dallas Thomas, who has been on a rollercoaster ride ever since being drafted. Thomas was penciled in as a starter coming into this season but failed to lock onto the starting job. Now, with more practice and development under his belt, he might be ready to crack the starting lineup once again.
“He’s miles ahead of where he was a year ago. He’s making good progress,” Joe Philbin said. “He hasn’t gotten a lot of reps at left guard, jumped in there last week and did a nice job. He’s gotten reps at tackle, he’s been flexible. He knows the scheme well from a variety of positions. I like the contribution. He’s made a nice contribution so far this year.”
Besides Thomas, the Dolphins can also start Nate Garner or move a bunch of pieces around on the line, which seems unlikely. Therefore, at this point, it’s most likely Garner or Thomas with a wildcard being Billy Turner, who we haven’t seen much of this year.
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