DAVIE – Life on the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line is still coming pretty fast for Billy Turner, even after starting a total of 15 games in his two years with the team.
In the second preseason game, a 41-14 loss at Dallas, the former third-round draft pick from North Dakota State let a rookie defensive end from an even smaller school get around him for a big play. Shaneil Jenkins from 4,000-student Shepherd
University in West Virginia sacked Dolphins quarterback Brandon Doughty and caused a fumble that led to a Dallas field goal just before halftime.
Turner and Jermon Bushrod remain in competition, however, for the starting right guard spot and Turner is listed with the No. 1’s for the Falcons game.
With center Mike Pouncey out for Thursday’s third preseason game vs. Atlanta in Orlando and rookie Laremy Tunsil still settling in at left guard, it’s important for somebody to find a rhythm at the position and give coach Adam Gase confidence that he can rev up his playcalling on the hurry-up attack, no matter who is on the field.
“There’s no time to talk about the previous play in no-huddle,” Turner said. “You’re really just trying to figure out the next play. You don’t get time to review anything until you get to the sidelines.
“I think it gives us an advantage, though. You get gassed at some times but when you’re in an offense like that, you always want to keep the tempo up because you know that regardless of how tired you are, they’re going to be 10 times worse on the other side of the ball.”