Mike Pouncey on how he felt after first back-to-back practices of 2017

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey participated in back-to-back practices for the first time this season.

For the first eight game weeks, Pouncey rested on Thursday, after practicing on Wednesday. Because this week’s game at Carolina is on a Monday, Pouncey was a full participant on Thursday and Friday.

“It’s just part of the plan,” Pouncey told the Palm Beach Post Friday. “We knew that halfway through the season that I was going to get my legs back under me. And then I could start being out there more. We just came to collective agreement that we would practice both days and it responded really well. So that’s probably how we’re going to go for the rest of the year.”

Pouncey missed 11 games last season due to a hip injury. All offseason, coach Adam Gase talked about how he would keep Pouncey in the bubble for as long as necessary, with the only goal for Pouncey to play “16-plus” games.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen has said Pouncey was playing better than any other lineman. Gase said this week that Pouncey has had a good season.

“I would say Pouncey’s been our best guy,” Gase said Friday. “He’s been our most consistent guy. I think Ja’Wuan (James) had some really good games and then he’s had some games where I’m sure he would say he wished he would have played a little better. I think that’s been the story of the first half of our season is probably inconsistent, across the board, with everyone on offense. Really, that’s what we’re looking for. Pouncey’s the only one I can say every game, I’m seeing a lot of things that are good.”

Pouncey agreed with the assessment.

“I feel like I’ve played great,” Pouncey said. “I’ve had a great first half of the season. I  played like s—- last Sunday night, but other than that every other game I’ve had really good games. And I’m proud of the way I’ve come out there and played this year. So now I have to finish off the season the right way. The last eight games need to be my best eight games.”

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