Vernon Carey's move to guard helping Dolphins' run game
Oct/23/11 11:58 PM Filed in: Vernon Carey
One of the Dolphins' biggest weaknesses last season was the play of their interior offensive line, except for OLG Richie Incognito. They addressed the center position in the draft by selecting Mike Pouncey, who has played well, and moved Vernon Carey from right tackle to right guard. Carey played some guard in college and is one of the big reasons that the 'Fins' run blocking has opened up holes for rookie RB Daniel Thomas to take advantage of.
According to Pro Football Focus, Carey, who is 6-5, 340, is the 10th-best run-blocking offensive guard in the NFL. Head coach Tony Sparano, whose specialty is with the hogs up front, lauded Carey's performance against the Jets.
"I would argue Vernon played the best up front the other night. Really starting to look like a guard in there, he really is," Sparano said. "This guy is going to be a good guard."
Through Week Six, the Dolphins are 13th in the league with a 4.4-yard rushing average, with Carey and Pouncey on the interior. Last season they were second-to-last, running for 3.7 yards a carry.Click here to order Vernon Carey’s proCane Rookie Card.