The Miami Dolphins have made a quick move today on the back end of the depth chart, as they brought back fourth-string quarterback Aaron Corp to be a camp body, according to the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson. Corp has bounced around an awful lot this offseason, and he is back with the Dolphins after being released by the team late last month (they initially signed the 24-year-old Richmond product in May, shortly after the Dallas Cowboys released him).
I really don’t know why the Dolphins decided to bring in a fourth quarterback into camp, because they already have a great situation with their top three QBs that seems dead set. Corp is a nice camp arm to add, but that roster spot could have been better used for an interior offensive lineman or a wide receiver. Ryan Tannehill is locked in as the starter, Matt Moore is one of the NFL’s best backups (why do you think the Dolphins wanted to keep him so badly?), and Pat Devlin is a promising young arm who impressed me when I watched him play in the Hall of Fame game.
Although the Miami Dolphins have a promising young duo of potential breakout players in the backfield and a slew of pass-catching weapons, the offensive line remains a question mark for the Dolphins and is clearly the biggest concern on offense. Tyson Clabo is an excellent right tackle and was a genius of a signing, Mike Pouncey is a great center, and Richie Incognito can make do at left guard, but the Dolphins really need Jonathan Martin to make the next step at left tackle and John Jerry to be healthy at right guard (Jerry’s injury messed things up early in camp for the Dolphins organization of the line).
The main reason why the Dolphins need a player like Jerry healthy is because this line doesn’t have much depth. Dallas Thomas didn’t show well in the first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, and the Dolphins have just received a significant blow to their offensive line depth.
According to the NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington (who is well-connected with Dolphins sources), 28-year-old guard Nate Garner (he is valuable to the depth due to his ability to play both guard and tackle) suffered a “bad” shoulder injury on Monday and is “out indefinitely”. Garner is a good depth guy who can play anywhere on the offensive line except center and not get beat badly, so his injury could leave (we don’t exactly know the severity of the ailment yet) the Dolphins in a bad spot depth-wise, especially when it comes to depth at tackle.
On the bright side for Dolphins fans, John Jerry is healthy again.