Palm Beach Gardens’ Avery Young working toward Dolphins’ roster spot

Avery Young in 2010 while playing for Palm Beach Gardens. (Damon Higgins/The Post)

DAVIE—Avery Young was a can’t-miss left tackle coming out of Palm Beach Gardens High School and was very good in college, but his pro career is off to a slow start. He hopes to get it going with the Dolphins, who are interested in using him at guard.

While still listed as a tackle, Young has been working at guard during offseason practices. Miami’s interest in getting more athletic on the line for outside zone blocking led to signing Young in March, and he’s been impressive so far.

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“He’s done a really good job for us,” coach Adam Gase said. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he just keeps finding ways to get better.”

Young, 24, was a three-year starter at various offensive line positions for Auburn before landing with the Saints as an undrafted free agent last May. He missed all of 2016 with an unspecified non-football injury. He’s 6-foot-6, 305 pounds and would be a leaner, potentially more agile guard than the Dolphins used last year.

Young also got a helpful recommendation from his brother, Bears linebacker Willie Young. He knows Gase from his one season as Chicago’s offensive coordinator and texted him in support of Miami signing Avery.

“I trust that guy a lot,” Gase said of Willie Young.

As far as actually making the roster, Avery Young has a tough task ahead of him, though the versatility to play tackle or guard helps him. Miami likely will keep eight or nine offensive linemen and currently has 14.

The five starters theoretically would be left tackle Laremy Tunsil, left guard Ted Larsen, center Mike Pouncey, right guard Jermon Bushrod and Ja’Wuan James.

The Dolphins also have fifth-round pick Isaac Asiata to play guard or center and returning players in guard/center Kraig Urbik, guard/center Anthony Steen, tackle Sam Young and center Jake Brendel. Young would likely have to beat out two of those players to make the team.

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