DAVIE — Mike Pouncey missed the last seven games of 2016 and played just 14 snaps in preseason.
So it would have been difficult for even Pouncey to say he knew what to expect against the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend.
Turned out Pouncey played all 68 of the Dolphins’ offensive snaps.
“He played really well,” coach Adam Gase said. “It’s really amazing, the fact that he doesn’t practice very much and he goes out there and grades out the way he does.”
When Pouncey plays, Jay Ajayi’s production doubles, and Sunday was no different. Ajayi rushed for 122 yards. Jay Cutler was sacked only twice.
“You watch him play, he just knows the right angles,” Gase said. “He has an unbelievable feel for the game, the way he gets guys covered up in the second level. It doesn’t matter where their location is, he seems to get it done.
“It’s great having him back out there, just seeing him play.”
Pouncey’s string of health problems hasn’t allowed him to play a full season since 2012, his second year in the league. Yet he made the Pro Bowl in 2013 (playing 14 games), 2014 (12) and 2015 (14).
“A lot of people doubted him and just him stepping on the field was goal No. 1 for him. Now it’s — we’ve talked about it before — it’s nothing less than 16-plus (games). He’s got that mindset and I think he’s looking for people to doubt him.”