The Miami Dolphins have struggled to find solid offensive linemen for the better part of the decade. Whether it was high-priced free agent signings that failed, or top draft picks turning into busts, Miami just couldn’t seem to get things right.
Things have quickly changed in South Florida with the help Austin Jackson and Solomon Kindley, two rookies who landed starting gigs before the season began.
The offensive line is certainly trending in the right direction and is averaging roughly 1.5 sacks per game, down from 3.6 last season. However, both of Miami’s rookie linemen have been dealing with some injury issues.
Jackson, a first round pick, is battling a foot injury and his status for Sunday’s game is uncertain, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
While Austin Jackson status uncertain for Sunday with a foot injury, Dolphins believe they've solved LT. OL coach Steve Marshall: "Austin has had a great start to this season. I'm very excited for his future. He can be a heck of a pro offensive left tackle."— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 6, 2020
While the start of the tweet and the short-term health of Miami’s starting left tackle is certainly concerning, offensive line coach Steve Marshall is clearly a fan of the rookie.
Jackson was originally viewed as a “project,” who may need a year or two of NFL experience under his belt, but the first-year pro has exceed expectations through four games. The rookie has been called for just one penalty and has done a strong job locking down the blind side for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
both players look to have a hold of one another. nevertheless, austin jackson burys myles jack 6 feet under. pic.twitter.com/3ty9ZLVJ25— josh houtz (@houtz) September 27, 2020
Julie’n Davenport would get the start if Jackson is unable to go on Sunday due to the foot injury. Keep in mind that Davenport started eight games for the Dolphins in 2019.
Josh Houtz and myself discussed the offensive line in the latest edition of Phinsider Radio, which can be found here:
NEW @thephinsider radio @jmendel94 & I breakdown the @miamidolphins 31-23 loss to the @seahawks +— josh houtz (@houtz) October 6, 2020
-ugly redzone offense
-russ kinda cooked
-o-line does enough
-ogbah, sieler, lawson
-5 FGs = death sentence☠️