Dolphins G Isaac Asiata sits all year, vows, “I’m not doing this again”

Asiata has yet to even dress for a game. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—Few rookies would have the temperament to accept being benched all season with a positive attitude, but Dolphins guard Isaac Asiata is an unusual rookie. He’s about to turn 25 and he’s uncommonly mature.

Asiata came in as a fifth-round pick with an opportunity to fight his way into the offensive line rotation at guard, but it was clear early the team didn’t think he was ready to play. Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen even went far enough to call it a red-shirt year.

“One of the most important things I’ve learned, and something my mom taught me in life, is to be humble,” Asiata said. “I don’t have all the answers and I don’t act like I do.

“It was nice for me to get adjusted. Now that adjustment period is over. I’m not doing this again.”

There’s a chance Asiata (6-foot-3, 341 pounds) could make his pro debut Sunday against the Bills as coach Adam Gase considers letting some of his little-used young players get some extended run in a game that has no stakes for Miami.

On the offensive line, Ted Larsen is one of the best candidates to rest. He’s been dealing with an injury most of the season and, as a veteran, doesn’t need reps in a game that doesn’t mean anything.

For Asiata, though, it’d be a great chance to play against Buffalo’s first-string defensive line. He said he hasn’t been told whether he’s playing this week. If he does get the opportunity, he believes he’s much more prepared than he would’ve been at the start of the season.

“It’s been nice because I’ve been able to work,” he said. “I knew I had to make some adjustments when I got here. It’s a different scheme and it’s a whole new speed.

“I was able to learn the playbook, have things slow down and go against some of the best d-linemen in the league. I appreciate (Ndamukong) Suh and Jordan Phillips and all those guys for going at me and being able to learn from them. It’s been a fun year.”

While he knew it would be a significant transition from Utah to the NFL, he didn’t expect to sit out his entire rookie year. That was a blow to his confidence.

“It was a little bit, but you’ve gotta just roll with the punches,” Asiata said. “I love this team because it would be easy to get down on yourself if nobody really cares, but the guys on this team supported me. Even though I wasn’t playing, they didn’t treat me any different. They know I’m working on things and trying to get better.

It became clear to him after the first few regular-season games that the Dolphins were going to keep him on the bench all year. Anthony Steen, Jesse Davis, Larsen and Jermon Bushrod all started games at guard this year

It’s unclear how many of those guys will be back in 2018. Steen will be a restricted free agent, and Bushrod could be ready to retire at age 33. Furthermore, it’s possible the Dolphins will shift Davis permanently to right tackle.

If Asiata wants to be in the mix for some of those snaps next year, the coaches have told him he must get faster overall and quicker with his footwork. He needs to “get my feet out of cement,” to use his words. Whether he plays in the Buffalo game or not, he has about eight months to get his play up to the level Miami expects if he wants avoid another season like this.

“I don’t think I could’ve landed with a better team,” Asiata said. “I fit here. I fit in the locker room. I fit in the scheme. Now it’s my turn to turn it up a notch and have a good year next year.”

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