Through four days of training camp, the Dolphins have found some measure of stability on the right side of the offensive line, a big question mark coming into camp. Rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin and veteran right guard Artis Hicks worked with the first team for a fourth consecutive day.
The Dolphins clearly want Martin to play immediately. Hicks has maintained a comfortable lead over disappointing John Jerry but eventually will face competition from Eric Steinbach, who worked as a backup right guard Monday but has never played on the right side in an NFL game.
Martin, who played left tackle at Stanford, “has made a good transition to right tackle,” coach Joe Philbin said. “He’s very intelligent. He’s a work in progress. That’s probably not going to change for a while.
“When you have a rookie, when you’re [watching] the tape in the coach’s meetings, a lot of times their name pops up, and sometimes that’s not a good thing. It’s, ‘Smith did this, Jones did that, or my God, he doesn’t know what he’s doing.’ His name doesn’t come up a lot. Did he get beat a couple times by Cam Wake? Sure he has. But that’s practice. That’s what we’re correcting and minimizing those.”
Martin said Wake “whipped my butt a bit” Sunday, “but that’s good. I got a little faster [Monday]. I haven’t had a problem with the mental part of the game. I’m showing them they made the right decision to let me start out as the starting right tackle.”
As for Hicks, “I like Artis a lot,” Philbin said. “I like what he’s done since the day he’s got here. A real pro.” Hicks, has started 71 NFL games in 10 seasons, including three last year for Cleveland.
Read more notes and observations from Dolphins camp at Barry Jackson’s Sports Buzz