What big-money guard Josh Sitton is bringing to Miami Dolphins

Dolphins guard Josh Sitton can apparently kick field goals, too. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Josh Sitton had an idea at a recent Miami Dolphins organized team activity practice.

Sitton decided the offensive lineman should participate in a pass-punt-kick competition.

“He’s very competitive, a very competitive guy,” Dolphins offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said. “He’s just a natural athlete.”

Anyone who’s been around a Dolphins practice has seen how well offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James can throw a football. For such big men, they really are nimble, all-around athletes.

“Yes,” Washburn said. “I have seen them throw it and I’m just going to tell you right now, I’ve got video evidence that they both lost to (Josh Sitton), so absolutely. They have to work on their field-goal kicking in the offseason.”

The biggest reason Miami’s offensive line is expected to be better this season is the addition of a guard. Now, historically, Miami hasn’t really felt doling out much dough to a guard is the best way to spend.

But for Sitton, the Dolphins ponied up a 2-year, $13.5 million deal. It’s because he’s tough, physical and proven.

“He’s very competitive but he’s got a really calm demeanor, which is great for an offensive lineman, particularly an interior lineman,” Washburn said.

Sitton is a four-time Pro Bowler, including three of the past four seasons.

“He’s just a really good guard,” Washburn said. “He’s really productive in what he does. I was in Detroit for seven years so we watched him non-stop. He was kind of our guy in that room, as well, as just a guy that was really good in the zone game. He’s a natural pass blocker and he’s just a smart football player and a good guy to have in your room. All of those qualities made it pretty easy for us.”

Guard Jesse Davis said he had studied Sitton even before he signed with the Dolphins.

“We watched a lot of Chicago film with (coach Adam) Gase, so seeing him and his game reps from previous years, he’s a great athlete,” Davis said. “You wouldn’t expect it as a big guy, but he’s a hell of an athlete. He can move. He can do it all. You kind of want to take some of his aspects of games and say, ‘Maybe I can use this on a certain play,’ or if you’re struggling or something, because he has a lot of good things and good qualities.”

Gase said Sitton’s knowledge of the game is as important as his strength.

“He brings confidence with that group,” Gase said. “He’s got something about him that’s probably different than a lot of guys I’ve been around. He’s very confident, very knowledgeable.”

Frank Gore, 35, helped by skipping some OTA “flag football”

What the tight ends coach thinks of two Miami Dolphins rookies

How drive for perfection causes Danny Amendola to go bonkers in practice

Miami Dolphins’ Kenyan Drake: Kalen Ballage is one ‘smooth’ ‘freak’

Minkah Fitzpatrick already opening Reshad Jones, Dolphins’ eyes

Get our articles sent right to your Facebook feed by clicking here

Miami Dolphins’ Leonte Carroo recalls impact of Hurricane Sandy

Leonte Carroo has been through at least one Superstorm in his young life. (Getty Images)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Leonte Carroo was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a storm that did severe damage to New York and New Jersey, where he lived.

Carroo was a wide receiver at Rutgers in New Jersey.

“It was a pretty horrific hurricane,” Carroo recalled. “A lot of wind. A lot of rain. It really affected New Jersey. It was the first time New Jersey experienced anything like that. It was a pretty sad event.”

Carroo said his parents’ home sustained damage. A neighbor had a tree fall on their home. Nobody in his neighborhood had power for a week. The Rutgers dorms didn’t have power for a week. The Rutgers buildings didn’t have power.

The players missed four days of practice, and had to find a creative way to work out.

Carroo recalled the players lifted weights in a room with no power, lit by lamps running off generators.

Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive storm of 2012.

New York and the surrounding metropolitan area sustained significant flooding.

Carroo recalled that the Rutgers players, despite many having damage to their own homes, visited displaced residents in shelters.

“We hung out with these little kids at a gymnasium,” Carroo said. “We hung out with them for a few days. Just play video games and basketball with them. Some football. They really appreciated it. Some of those areas were really badly damaged.”

Carroo wasn’t sure what he was in for with Hurricane Irma.

A few lockers away, Dolphins wide receiver Malcolm Lewis, a standout at the University of Miami whose family lives in Miami Gardens, said he wasn’t worried.

“We don’t leave,” Lewis said. “We board up and ride it out.”

Said Carroo: “Right now I have no idea what the hurricane is going to be like but I’m up on the fourth floor so I should be all right. I’m just praying for those who don’t have a place to stay.”

If Miami Dolphins struggle this season, tons of reasonable excuses

Breaking: NFL moves Miami Dolphins’ game vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Nov. 19

Miami Dolphins LB Mike Hull fighting to keep hold on starting spot

Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris is locked in and ‘ready to rock and roll’