Dolphins center Mike Pouncey told me he’s already running. Being cleared medically for week one is still his goal.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 4, 2014
Pouncey’s absence has left Miami searching for answers along it’s offensive line. The team has put together a solid offensive line with Pouncey at center, but without their stud center, the offensive line has struggled thus far during training camp.
Miami has tried out players such as Sam Brenner, David Arkin, Shelley Smith, Tyler Larsen and Nate Garner at the position, none of which have been able to hold down the spot in Pouncey’s absence. This lead the team to sign Miami’s former second-round pick in 2007 Samson Satele.
But, if Pouncey can indeed return for a week one match up against the New England Patriots, the team would receive a huge boost from his return.
Offseason acquisitions LT Branden Albert, LG Daryn Colledge and RT Ja’Wuan James are all slated to start this season, while the right guard position is up for grabs between Smith and two young guards in Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner, a rookie.
While an Albert-Colledge-Satele-Smith/Thomas/Turner-James offensive line looks solid upfront, an Albert-Colledge-Pouncey-Smith/Turner/Thomas/Satele/James offensive line looks a whole lot better.
Do not get your hopes up Miami fans, but a Pouncey return much earlier than expected would be a huge blessing for Miami this season and would surely kick Miami’s season off the right way.