One option that remains out there for the Dolphins is free agent Jake Scott, who ranked seventh among guards with a 13.3 overall rating, according to PFF last season. The 31-year-old has met twice with team officials, including last week. He gave up just two sacks and 11 quarterback hurries in 1,045 snaps last season and has made 117 starts in his eight-year career.
As for Martin, he said he sees it as an advantage for him that there are a lot of similarities between the Dolphins’ new West Coast offense and the one he played in at Stanford.
“The calls are a little bit different, but it’s the same basic ideas,” he said.
If there is an adjustment, he said, it’s learning to push off his other leg again.
“I think we have to take into consideration Jonathan Martin’s got 3,400 snaps as a left tackle, and he’s got 197 with the Miami Dolphins,” Philbin said. “There’s a difference. There’s an adjustment period, and I think that’s probably what he’s going through today. Does he look as smooth at right tackle as he does at left, where we’ve used him a little bit? No. Do I believe he can make the transition there? Yes.”
• Receiver Brian Hartline once again missed practice and was the lone absence among the 90 players. “He’s got a personal situation that’s working itself out that he’s tending to at this point in time,” Philbin said.
• There were two separate skirmishes at practice Wednesday between linemen. Ryan Baker got into it with Incognito and rookie defensive end Olivier Vernon had to be yanked away from Long. Philbin said he asked his defensive assistants to see who provoked the fights.
“You have to be able to keep your poise and play,” he said. “It’s great to be tough. It’s great to be physical … but you have to be smart.”