DAVIE — Offensive linemen, as a whole, have often basked in anonymity. For years, the Denver Broncos’ linemen wouldn’t speak to the media.
Then along comes a guy like Dolphins guard Josh Sitton.
He’s new to the Dolphins, but already, coach Adam Gase says some things are self-evident.
“You can see he’s a veteran player that has the type of swagger you want from an offensive lineman,” Gase said Wednesday. “He brings confidence with that group. He’s got something about him that’s probably different than a lot of guys that I’ve been around.”
For years, the Dolphins’ offensive line hasn’t exactly inspired confidence. Perhaps the additions of Sitton and center Daniel Kilgore will help change that.
“What’s swagger?” Sitton said when informed of Gase’s comments. “I don’t know about that one.”
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Seriously, Sitton added, “All I know is I bring some veteran leadership and I know how to win in this league. I’ve done it for a long time and I think this whole group as an offensive line can be really good and that’s exciting. So I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
Once the regular season starts, the line, from left to right, could consist of tackle Laremy Tunsil, Sitton, Kilgore, guard Jesse Davis and tackle Ja’Wuan James.
“I don’t want to jump and say, ‘Here’s what it is. It’s locked in stone,’ ” Gase said. “It’s probably written more in pencil than pen right now.”
Much about this team is. As things fall in place, we’re also starting to see the results of Gase’s concerted effort to improve the culture in the locker room.
Kilgore talked about how he and his family have bonded with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his family. Sitton said shared time like that — away from the game — can be beneficial in the long run.
“We spend so much time here at work, just constantly talking about work,” Sitton said. “And to get out of here and just kind of BS about other things and get to know each other and get to know each other’s families, it just helps build that relationship. When you’re on the field, you can start trusting the guy next to you a little bit more.”
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