Interesting.......Offensive linemen cast aside by Dolphins are outperforming ones kept.
Really interesting article in the Miami Herald pointing out the bad moves made concerning Olinemen:
The Dolphins have made myriad missteps in selecting offensive linemen early in the draft this century, from Wade Smith to Jonathan Martin to Dallas Thomas, among others.
Whether any of the three linemen selected in the first 42 spots of the past two drafts — Austin Jackson, Rob Hunt and Liam Eichenberg — become very good long-term starters remains a question. It’s too soon to know.
But here’s another offensive line mistake that has bitten the Dolphins this season: Players who were on the roster this year and then jettisoned have outperformed the players here.
The Dolphins were so eager to dump left guard Ereck Flowers a year after signing him to a three-year, $30 million contract that they paid him $6 million simply to go away.
They dealt him — along with the 258th pick in past April’s draft — to Washington for the 244th pick, which was used on running back Gerrid Doaks, who was released.
The cap savings was negligible: Miami is carrying $8 million in dead money for Flowers this season. Flowers was going to count for $10 million on the cap for the Dolphins if he had stayed on the team, so Miami’s cap savings was only $2 million, while its cash savings was $3 million — an insignificant amount for billionaire owner Stephen Ross.
Fast forward six months. Flowers has allowed no sacks and just three pressures in three starts for Washington and Pro Football Focus ranks him the 18th-best guard in the league so far this season.
Then there’s Jermaine Eluemunor, who never received first-team reps with the Dolphins during training camp, was cut on Aug. 24, and signed with Las Vegas.
With the Raiders, he has permitted just one pressure and no sacks and made a great block on a run to set up Las Vegas’ game-winning field goal on Sunday.
PFF rates Eluemunor 39th among NFL guards.
So interesting that players continue to flourish elsewhere