Word out of Miami Dolphins camp from many beat reporters is that Jonathan Martin is terrifying fans with his play at left tackle. This comes an entire season after terrifying fans with his play at right tackle, earning Pro Football Focus’ 76th ranking among 80 qualifying offensive tackles for graded play during the 2012 NFL season.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio noted that through his conversations with the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, he’s learned that Dolphins defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan have been brutalizing Martin in practice this week.
The second-year man protected Andrew Luck’s blindside extremely well back at Stanford, but the pros have proved an overwhelming challenge thus far. That’s not to say Martin couldn’t make a huge leap during his second preseason or even come on strong at some point during the regular season.
Switching from right tackle to your first stint at left is a challenge, even if Martin did occupy that side prior to entering the league. There are reasons Martin was considered by many experts to be a late-first/second-round talent coming out of the draft.
If Martin does fail to deliver on that promise, the Dolphins will probably be all right anyway. Left guard Richie Incognito and center Mike Pouncey provide one of the league’s best pair of marauders on the A-gap. The right guard spot will be a question mark, but tackle is bookended more than capably by free agent signing Tyson Clabo.
Throw in Ryan Tannehill’s impressive work against pressure during his rookie year, and Martin’s struggles aren’t exactly the most alarming news coming out of Dolphins camp. (See Mike Wallace.)