Before everything got turned sideways by Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins were moving toward their season opener against Tampa Bay with their lineup mostly set.
While coach Adam Gase maintained some spots would stay up for grabs throughout the week, the Miami’s initial depth chart gave some indication of what the team is thinking as it prepares for this week’s game at Los Angeles.
Gase said last week he intended to go with a starting offensive line of left tackle Laremy Tunsil, left guard Anthony Steen, center Mike Pouncey, right guard Jermon Bushrod and right tackle Ja’Wuan James. Steen had been competing with Jesse Davis after the Dolphins lost Ted Larsen and Kraig Urbik to injuries.
Larsen is out with a torn biceps and is eligible to come off Injured Reserve for the Week 9 game against the Raiders.
At defensive tackle, next to Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins have been watching Jordan Phillips compete with fifth-round pick Davon Godchaux. Godchaux seemed to have the upper hand most of the preseason, but Phillips was listed as the starter last week.
Gase also intends to let cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Alterraun Verner continue battling, though Maxwell is the incumbent starter and was listed in the lineup for the Tampa Bay game. Xavien Howard is locked in at the other corner spot.
At linebacker, the Dolphins had Mike Hull in with Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons. Newcomer Rey Maualuga was listed as Hull’s backup, but one consideration with Maualuga is that he’s now had an extra week to get himself in playing shape and possibly overtake Hull.
Any questions left at those spots will be settled over the next three days, when the team resumes practice in Oxnard, Calif. after a week off. Players were expected to report Monday, and there will be a team meeting today.
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