First-round pick Laremy Tunsil gets first start for Miami Dolphins

Laremy Tunsil took a meaningful step Friday. (Getty Images)
Laremy Tunsil took a meaningful step Friday. (Getty Images)

One day Laremy Tunsil expects to be entrenched as the Dolphins’ starting left tackle, but for now he’s trying to make the starting lineup at left guard. He took a big step toward that goal in Friday’s preseason loss at Dallas with his first start.

Miami had him between Pro Bowlers Branden Albert and Mike Pouncey. That group had mixed results early in the game, with quarterback Ryan Tannehill pleased by the pass protection but the ground game unable to get rolling. The Dolphins managed 38 rushing yards in the first half.

“It takes time, I guess,” said Tunsil, the team’s first-round pick at No. 13 overall this year. “You know, everybody’s in there. That’s why we practice every day, just coming together as a unit. So we’ve just got to be patient.”

On the right side, Miami had Jermon Bushrod at guard and Ja’Wuan James at tackle.

The Dolphins aren’t rushing to gauge this group’s progress after two preseason games. This part of the year is more about establishing cohesion and helping players settle into their spots. Friday was big for Tunsil in that respect, and he said he had no nerves about making his first NFL start.

“I wasn’t worried about that,” he said. “I was just worried about playing as a team. Just trying to win the game and trying to play as a unit.”

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