The Miami Dolphins have been without having basic safety Jevon Holland and offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg Friday when they carried out their to start with exercise of 2021 in standard year mode (limited media accessibility, no admirers), continuing a disappointing pattern that started in schooling camp.
Place into uncomplicated terms, the progress of the Dolphins’ major draft picks this summer has been hampered — and to some degree appreciably — due to the fact of numerous accidents.
Holland and Eichenberg were being between the Dolphins’ five picks in the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL draft, but only the team’s best variety (Jaylen Waddle) played in the initially two preseason game titles.
Fellow very first-round decide Jaelan Phillips, of system, missed the preseason opener at Chicago, which came a few of days soon after he returned to observe next an absence due to the fact of a groin injuries.
Also lacking from that video game was tight close Hunter Prolonged, who skipped the better component of two weeks immediately after a frightening-seeking knee personal injury that the good news is wasn’t important enough to keep him out of the lineup for pretty extended.
But it can be genuinely not the missed preseason online games that is the issue here but somewhat the missed follow time, which unquestionably is heading to have an impact on just one of extra of individuals players at the start of the frequent time and perhaps for a longer time.
We can start off with Holland, who experienced four interceptions in camp, together with two in the joint methods with the Bears and the Atlanta Falcons, and appeared ready to problem veteran Jason McCourty for the starting up protection position opposite Eric Rowe.
Holland took element in the two joint techniques with the Falcons before he mysteriously appeared on the checklist of scratches in advance of the preseason sport at Tricky Rock Stadium and did not follow at all this week.
The personal injury did not maintain Holland from performing with trainers on the facet during the week, so it’s safe to presume it really is absolutely nothing significant. But the missed apply time isn’t really likely to assist Holland in his quest to generate important playing time early in his NFL profession.
The exact goes for Eichenberg, who like Holland got snaps with the first crew at times through camp. He skipped the Chicago video game just after sustaining a shoulder damage in a joint exercise and now is dealing with an evident leg injuries he sustained in exercise Thursday.
Eichenberg remained on the subject right after he was hurt Thursday, but he stopped working towards and then was not out there Friday.
Eichenberg continues to be stated as the very first-crew remaining guard on the Dolphins depth chart, but it is second-year player Solomon Kindley who has lined up there the earlier a number of practices and in all probability will start off the opener from the New England at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 12.
At this time, Eichenberg assignments as the backup appropriate tackle, and who knows when he’ll be prepared to make a transfer into the beginning lineup — if it is really heading to occur this year at all. That most likely wasn’t what the expectation was when the Dolphins gave up a 2022 3rd-round pick to the New York Giants to shift up eight spots in the 2nd spherical and consider Eichenberg with the 42nd total select.
Phillips and Prolonged performed 27 and 20 snaps, respectively, in opposition to Atlanta, but it’s clear their progress isn’t really as state-of-the-art as it would be if not for the missed observe time.
The two of them performed positions the place the Dolphins will be rotating gamers and aren’t most likely to be as affected by the skipped observe time as Holland and particularly Eichenberg.
And even Waddle, while he performed each preseason game titles, failed to get out of schooling camp without some injury problems.
There plainly were being periods when he was limping at follow and/or confirmed visible distress, the most up-to-date instance coming Thursday when soon after catching a move in apply he slammed the soccer to the turf in stress and obtained up quite slowly but surely.
And, of class, there was the scare in the preseason game in opposition to Atlanta when he stayed on the ground immediately after a working engage in, while replays confirmed he merely obtained kicked in the leg.
Even now, when you might be dealing with a participant whose greatest asset is velocity, the final thing you want to see is that player finding leg accidents — no make a difference how insignificant.
The base line is you will find no rationale to be down at all on the Dolphins’ 2021 draft, which continue to appears to be incredibly promising from a extensive-time period point of view, but the small-expression expectations could have to be adjusted due to the fact of what’s happened since the get started of instruction camp.
And that, sadly, is part of existence in the NFL.