Miami Dolphins again looking for two good men to fill void at guard

Kraig Urbik can play any of the three interior offensive line spots. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

It has been years since the Dolphins haven’t had to sweat their guard situation. So many that Richie Incognito was part of the solution until he was deemed to be part of the problem.

So in one of the least-surprising developments of this summer’s OTAs, the Dolphins are looking for two good men to fill what should be the only holes on offense.

Laremy Tunsil and Jermon Bushrod were last year’s starters, but Tunsil’s shift over to left tackle means there’s a void at left guard. On the right side, Bushrod, 32, was a punching bag for Pro Football Focus’ ratings. At the moment, jobs are there for the taking.

The Dolphins are going very slowly with Mike Pouncey this offseason. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

“We have a lot of guards on the team,” veteran Kraig Urbik said. “Everyone has been getting their chances. Everyone out there is working hard. It’s been a good battle so far.”

By “everyone,” Urbik is centering on himself, Bushrod, third-year man Anthony Steen, veteran Ted Larsen and Isaac Asiata, the fifth-round pick from Utah.

After wavering on whether to retire, Bushrod opted to return for an 11th NFL season. The Dolphins made it clear what they thought of PFF’s grades by re-signing him for $3 million.

While it would be nice for two guards to grab positions by the scruff, the Dolphins first have to make certain Mike Pouncey’s hips allow him to reclaim the center job. Pouncey last played a full 16-game season in 2012, meaning a swingman such as Urbik must be prepared to step into the middle.

“You need to have all guys out there healthy; but obviously when you don’t, it’s just guys trying to step up,” Urbik said. “You want to be one of those guys that they depend on, that can step in when someone’s hurt, and you don’t lose that chemistry and there’s not a drop-off.”

Coach Adam Gase is cautiously bringing along Pouncey into the preseason. Urbik is sensing things will work out for him.

“I know he’s feeling great,” Urbik said. “ … He wants to be out there with the guys. I think he’s eager and he’ll be ready for sure.”

The Dolphins value versatility to such an extent that Asiata is the only player listed on the roster as a pure guard. Asiata has so much to learn about the position that it would be counterproductive to ask him to study anything else. The Dolphins also are looking at undrafted rookie tackle Eric Smith of Virginia.

“Both rookies have done a really good job of grasping the offense,” Urbik said. “We have a pretty complicated offense, but they seem to not have too much difficulty with a lot of the nuances that we’ve learned. The third or fourth day, they were learning a lot of things that were pretty complicated.”

It’s a balancing act for line coach Chris Foerster. Get guys ready to play out of position in case someone goes down, but get the ideal five accustomed to playing with one another.

The Dolphins had three games last season in which they rushed for more than 200 yards. They had 10 games in which they couldn’t crack 100.

“We know the mindset we have to have this year: being more consistent,” Urbik said. “We can’t have flashes of great games — 200 yards rushing and stuff like that — and then go out and have like 60 yards rushing. We have to protect the quarterback. We have to do a lot better job with that.”

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