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Maurkise PounceyThe season gets underway on sunday, finally, and with 5 new starters on the offensive line many, if not all of us fans will be keenly interested in the play of these 5 new friends.

There will be one returning player to the line when pro bowl center Maurkise Pouncey returns, hopefully for week four, which is his targeted date. Right now however these are five new players to the Dolphins line.

Well sort of, Samson Satele was drafted by the Dolphins back in 2007, but was traded after the 2008 season. He is now back, but really is a new player to the team... again. He was a pick up due to the Pouncey injury, and failed Shelly Smith move to center.

He joined a line that had new free agent pro bowl left tackle Brandon Albert, who was lured away from the Chiefs, veteran journeyman Daryn College at left guard, the afore mentioned Satele at center, career back up Shelly Smith at right guard, even though the team wanted second year player Dallas Thomas to grab that spot, he wasn't very good in the pres-eason however and lost his job, and rookie first round pick Ju'uan James at right tackle.

So, will this be the right mix of players, or at least some of the right players, third round pick Billy Turner is expected to earn a spot at guard, perhaps not this season but next season most likely. Ju'uan James is thought to be the right tackle for some years to come, Pouncey is an elite center, Brandon Albert is still fairly young for a lineman at 29,could this be the core of the Dolphins line for the next several years.

It certainly could be, but what about right now, the Patriots coming up on sunday, how well will this line perform, will they create running room, will the protect Ryan Tannehill. It certainly is no secret that our offensive success relies heavily on how well this line performs, as does every team, but every team doesn't have five new starters, will it take time to gel, will some of the players actually be good enough. Time will tell, it would be hard to be worse than last year, but like I said at the top, everyone will be watching this offensive line, let's hope these five new friends work well together.

 

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