Miami Dolphins: Isaac Asiata not yet ready to contribute

Couldn’t Isaac Asiata help Miami’s struggling offensive line? (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — When the Miami Dolphins needed help at cornerback, they reached for third-round rookie Cordrea Tankersley, and he responded well last Sunday.

When the Dolphins needed depth at defensive tackle, they reached for fifth-rounder Davon Godchaux and sixth-rounder Vincent Taylor, and they’ve been handsomely rewarded.

So now that it appears Miami could use some help at guard, wouldn’t it stand to reason they might reach for fifth-round draft choice Issac Asiata of Utah?

No.

“I think he’s a ways away,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said. “I think you know, in an ideal world, this would be his redshirt year.”

The draft profiles on Asiata suggested he was hard-working and aggressive, especially in the run game, but needed some work in pass protection.

The Dolphins can’t stand to have Jay Cutler under any more pressure, though it would seem he might help in the struggling run game.

“That would be the ideal world,” Christensen said of holding Asiata back. “We may have to call him up. And he may have to go this weekend, but I think, (Ted) Larsen and a couple guys are getting closer. That will give us a little extra depth in the thing.”

Ted Larsen figures to be the starting left guard when he returns from a biceps injury.

Larsen would be eligible to play in Week 9, against the Oakland Raiders.

In the meantime, guards Jermon Bushrod, Anthony Steen and Jesse Davis have struggled in the early season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Steen is the 47th-ranked guard and Bushrod is 69th.

Davis doesn’t have enough snaps to qualify, but he’s been involved in a few notable negative plays.

“We’ve got plenty of players,” Christensen said. “We’ve got plenty of good players. We’ve got to play better. I don’t think it’s pulling someone from another team. It’s not someone out on the street that we’re going to go find. It’s our guys playing better.”

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