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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Romo has no ligament damage, to resume training soon

Eagles rookie to join Kaepernick in protesting national anthem

Michael Phelps to be honored with unique Wheaties box

Woman suing Brewers after being struck by foul ball

Report: ‘Strong chance’ J.J. Watt will play in Week 1

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Broncos name Trevor Siemian their Week 1 starter

Report: Jets fielding calls for Geno Smith

Report: Bryan Stork fails physical, rights revert to Pats

Eric Berry signs franchise tender, returns to Chiefs

Brandon Jennings takes swipe at Reggie Miller's career

Report: Kaepernick facing ‘uphill battle’ to make roster

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Six NFL quarterbacks the Cowboys must consider

Dwight Howard trying new way to improve free throw shooting

Eight players who have stepped up in NFL preseason so far

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker