The Miami Dolphins have learned recently that C Mike Pouncey would be missing at least the first eight weeks of the 2014 NFL season, which forced the team’s hand to find a capable replacement to hold the position down until Pouncey’s return. Miami has tried out numerous players, but decided to bring in a familiar face yesterday signing C Samson Satele.
Satele was drafted by Miami in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played considerably well for the team until his departure during the 2008 offseason where Miami traded him to the Oakland Raiders for picks in the fourth and sixth round of that year’s draft.
Satele then found his way to Indianapolis to play for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, but struggled a bit last season, leading to his departure from the team.
Miami could view this as a blessing in disguise as Sam Brenner, David Arkin, Tyler Larsen and Shelley Smith have all failed during their attempts to even snap the football.
Satele’s signing allows Miami to pit the former second-round pick against Miami’s utility man along the offensive line, Nate Garner, who has been taking the bulk of the first-team snaps at center the past few days.
Satele’s signing also allows Miami to move Smith back to the right guard position, which should help solidify the offensive line a bit more with Branden Albert at left tackle, Daryn Colledge at left guard, Satele or Garner at center, Smith at right guard and 2014 first-round pick Ja’Wuan James at right tackle. This move also allows Miami to slowly groom third-round picks Billy Turner and Dallas Thomas for future use, rather than forcing both players to play immediately, as neither seems ready to contribute at a high level just yet.
Upon Pouncey’s return, Satele could provide a nice backup for Pouncey in case of injury and would provide depth along the offensive line as a potential guard if Colledge or Smith were to go down to an injury.
Satele is no lock to make the team, however. But he does provide a nice option for Miami to rely on if Garner, Smith, Larsen, Arkin and Brenner cannot even snap the football properly.