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Dolphins Hoping to make Offensive line a Strength

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Hard Rock Stadium during the second half of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Big man. Big move.

With everyone and their grandmother knowing that the Dolphins need offensive line help, Miami is currently trying to land OT Terron Armstead. The former Saints tackle allowed just one sack, two quarterback hits, and 12 pressures in 263 pass-blocking snaps last season in 8 games played. Durability is a concern but productivity is far from it.  Armstead is one of four offensive tackles to make the Pro Bowl in three of the last four seasons.

Armstead will adjust well to HC Mike McDaniel’s zone-blocking scheme (ZBS) and has the strength and athleticism to be a perfect fit on a team that allowed Tua to get sacked 40 times last season. Although Tua is a left-handed quarterback and his blindside would be protected from the RT, spot Armstead is expected to play LT where he will face the opposing team’s best pass rushers at Right End.

After Buffalo signed former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller to a massive $120m deal, the Dolphins were under the microscope to improve the young unit from 2021.

Miami also signed OG Connor Williams (Dal) to a 2 yr/ $14mil contract. He is expected to bolster the left side of the offensive line and was ranked the 10th best pass-blocking guard from Pro Football Focus. Williams was benched at one point by the Cowboys for excessive penalties, but adding Armstrong and possibly another center in the draft or FA could work wonders for the the entire line.

The Dolphins are “motivated” to get a deal done w/LT Terron Armstead, per league source. Both the front office and McDaniel know this could be a monster addition and will do everything in their power to keep Armstead from visiting another team.

The Dolphins offensive line from left to right could look like:

Armstead- C.Williams- Dieter/ draft pick – R.Hunt – Eichenberg/Hunt

On paper, the unit looks like it has the potential to make a complete 180.

We’ll just have to see how it translates on the field and it all starts with keeping the big man in Miami.