5 Ways The Miami Dolphins Can Replace C Mike Pouncey

Miami Dolphins: 5 Ways to Replace C Mike Pouncey

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The Miami Dolphins have lost their All-Pro center Mike Pouncey to hip surgery until October, leaving the team searching for an answer along their new-look offensive line. Pouncey, who is the only returning starting offensive lineman, will be missed until his return.

Here are 5 ways that Miami can hold themselves over until the former Florida Gator makes an epic return.

5. UDFA C Tyler Larsen

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5. UDFA C Tyler Larsen

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Larsen, who was slated as one of the draft's top center prospects, started 51 games at center during his tenure with Utah State and was a Remington Award finalist in 2013. Larsen has the size, the tools and the understanding to be a decent replacement, but his limited athleticism is worrisome moving forward.

4. G Sam Brenner

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4. G Sam Brenner

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Brenner has seen some limited time as a center for Miami over his short tenure with the team, but he has limited upside in that area. Brenner played guard last season for Miami and filled in well, but his limited athletic ability is another reason why Miami must be cautious if they do indeed intend to play Brenner at center.

3. G Shelley Smith

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3. G Shelley Smith

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Smith, an offseason acquisition from the St. Louis Rams, has never played a full 16-game season and has been working as the team's starting RG. If Miami were to play Smith at center, where he has been taking some snaps this offseason in preparation, the team would have to figure out who would fill the void left by Smith's absence at RG. Jason Fox, Billy Turner, Sam Brenner and Nate Garner are all options.

2. Sign a Veteran FA

Kyle Cook
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2. Sign a Veteran FA

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Miami still has some valuable cap space available and could opt to sign a free agent to fill the void left by Pouncey. Former New York Giants David Baas and Indianapolis Colt Samson Satele are two names to consider, but I am quite intrigued by former Cincinnati Bengals C Kyle Cook, who is 31 years old and could be a valuable player along Miami's new offensive line.

1. T/G/C Nate Garner

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1. T/G/C Nate Garner

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The odds-on favorite to become the team's new center until Pouncey returns is the Swiss army knife himself, T/G/C and everything in between, Nate Garner. Garner has been the team's top backup during his tenure with the team and offers up a little bit of everything. His 6-foot-7 frame is a bit concerning as a center, but Garner knows the calls Pouncey must make at the line and has experience at the position. Garner is the top option right now.


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