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While the Dolphins didn’t sign the top three guards on the market (Zane Beadles, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah), they will meet with Rams free agent guard Shelley Smith today, a source told The Palm Beach Post.

Smith, 26, (6-foot-4, 312 pounds), played in 10 games for the Rams last year and split his time between left and right guard.

He was graded by Pro Football Focus as the league’s 23rd best guard of 81 last season. It was only his second year as a starter (he graded 56th in 2012.)

Last season he was graded as the league’s fourth-best run blocking guard but 58th in pass protection. He was a 6th round draft choice out of Colorado State in 2010.

Smith already visited the Giants and Patriots and left New England without a deal this morning.


http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedaily ... ins-today/

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Even though he had a negative grade as a pass blocker, he only allowed 2 sacks and 16 pressures... but it was in 371 snaps... so take that for what it's worth.

Graded very well as a run blocker and I think that's where we need to look for our running game, between the tackles.

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I saw that on Facebook that he had left New England without a deal as well as the fact that he is a Road Grader.

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he was graded as the league’s fourth-best run blocking guard but 58th in pass protection.


It seems you can never have the best of both pass protection and run blocking with an OT. It's one or the other. Great pass protector, horrible, to average run blocker and vice versa.

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Hopefully, he is an upgrade over Martin if he were to sign with the fins! I also noticed he played for Benson the line coach while he was with the Texans.


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Post Re: Guard Shelly Smith visiting the Dolphins
young, fits the scheme, can come in and start and tbh I can handle Brenner or Garner starting at the other guard or getting Davin Joseph for cheap so this is a nice move if we get it


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I once knew a guy named Shelly............



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Maybe his Dad left him after he was born and gave him that name to make him strong...........kinda like that Johnny Cash song.


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I once knew a guy named Shelly............



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Maybe his Dad left him after he was born and gave him that name to make him strong...........kinda like that Johnny Cash song.


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Rich wrote:
he was graded as the league’s fourth-best run blocking guard but 58th in pass protection.


It seems you can never have the best of both pass protection and run blocking with an OT. It's one or the other. Great pass protector, horrible, to average run blocker and vice versa.


The guys who do both are named to Pro Bowls, rarely hit free agency and command top dollar if they do.


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AFCMiamiEast wrote:
Rich wrote:
he was graded as the league’s fourth-best run blocking guard but 58th in pass protection.


It seems you can never have the best of both pass protection and run blocking with an OT. It's one or the other. Great pass protector, horrible, to average run blocker and vice versa.


The guys who do both are named to Pro Bowls, rarely hit free agency and command top dollar if they do.


Brandon Albert is a Pro Bowler who hit free agency and signed a big contract.

He is an excellent pass protector and OK run blocker, though he had a down year in that department in 2013.

I hope his play matches the size of his contract.

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Sounds good to me!

Do we need to get two Guards? Or do we have one, like Nate Garner, remaining?

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Sounds good to me!

Do we need to get two Guards? Or do we have one, like Nate Garner, remaining?



I would think Miami would want to sign another guard and a ORT. I consider Nate Garner a swing OL, a depth guy that can play and be respectable over a short stretch.

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Post Re: Guard Shelly Smith visiting the Dolphins
Sounds like Miami is pushing very hard to get Smith signed today. I don't know a thing about him so I won't say he's an upgrade, downgrade or on par with last year's guys. But, Benton has some influence it seems and considering Philbin and Co. have stayed away from familiar guys they didn't like the pass I'd say Smith's upside was give the thumbs up.


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Zach Strief is the veteran I hope they bring in and sign. I would be much more excited about him than Shelley Smith even if for different line roles. Strief has a proven track record and IMO would bolster the line immediately. Imagine Albert, Pouncey and Strief "protecting" Tannehill. That is what we need not "hoping" and relying on a rookie right away. I mean draft a set of rookies, but unless one really rises to the top we need a heavy dose of veterans that are proven yet not over the hill like McKinnie is heading towards (assuming they bring him back as a rotating lineman, which I would have no problem if he played the right side.)


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Post Re: Guard Shelly Smith visiting the Dolphins
Now signing

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Guard Shelley Smith, formerly of the Rams, agrees with Dolphins. 2 years, $5.5m. More Miami OL reinforcements.


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Post Re: Guard Shelly Smith visiting the Dolphins
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Now signing

Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 3m
Guard Shelley Smith, formerly of the Rams, agrees with Dolphins. 2 years, $5.5m. More Miami OL reinforcements.


That is super cheap for a young guy who has a ton of upside and is a good run blocker

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