Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/11/13
The Miami Dolphins' offensive line is going through a bit of transition this season. A change at left tackle, where the team allowed Jake Long to leave for greener pastures (and more green) in St. Louis, has created a bit of a cluster of chaos along the line.Jonathan Martin moved to the left side, to take Long’s place. Josh Samunda is getting a lot of playing time with the first unit. Richie Incognitio is still strong as one of the guards in the middle, as is newly-acquired Tyson Clabo from Atlanta.And the depth provided by Dallas Thomas makes this unit of strength if not substance.The one thing this team has been able to rely on, even with all the changes over the offseason is the fact Mike Pouncey will be there in the middle as the rock and the anchor of this line.And while he may not get as much press as he deserves or as his brother Maurkice for playing on the Pittsburgh Steelers, he is without a doubt maybe the best center in the AFC.How can you be that good and so underrated at the same time?As a child in south Florida, I saw first hand the excellence of the Dolphins' offensive line. Larry Little, Mike Current, Mark Dennard, Ed Newman, Dwight Stephenson and Roy Foster. And now, Pouncey can take his place amongst the best of all time. Even at 24 years old, he is a leader amongst players older than himself and commands respect not only in the huddle but in the locker room as well.While Pouncey is reaping the rewards of his play and focusing on his duties on the team, there are others who may not be as good as they think they are or are as good as maybe their contract states they should be.Brent Grimes was a steady, solid and rising defensive back for the Falcons. In six seasons, however, he has only played in two full years, giving way to injuries. Last season, the former Shippensburg player was active for one game. That has to weigh heavily on the team and its defensive scheme. Can a player who is now 30 come in and play at full speed and show he is still the ball-hawking defender he used to be?According to Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel, Grimes' work in the offseason has been phenomenal. But the issues with his injuries still have to cause concern.“He was signed as a long shot by Atlanta, and became a Pro Bowl cornerback in 2010. He then snapped his Achilles' tendon in the opening game last year and turned invisible all over again,” Hyde wrote.”In practice, he looks like a new player and the Dolphins' defense may well thrive on the fact he is there are rejuvenated with new scenery and a new outlook on the game. But expecting him to play like he did in 2008 and 2009 may be asking too much."Health is the question everyone has, isn't it?" Grimes said in the article. "But I'm fine. I don't have that question anymore."Until he proves everyone wrong on the field in the regular season, there will still be questions, fears and doubts. Grimes hopes he can prove everyone wrong, but in the meantime, it might be too much to expect of him this soon.
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