Ja’Wuan James said he started at right tackle in Tuesday’s first OTA workout of the spring for the Miami Dolphins, a session that reporters were not allowed to watch. That means a couple of things.
For openers, the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick from 2014 is healthy after missing nine games last season with a toe injury. Second, Laremy Tunsil, the new first-rounder on the block, figures to be playing guard and not tackle.
Veteran Branden Albert is the starter at left tackle for now, a nod to his Pro Bowl status, but eventually that position is expected to belong to Tunsil.
Asked about his reaction to Miami spending the No. 13 overall pick in the draft on an offensive lineman, James said “it’s always exciting to see somebody get drafted and it ends up being a guy coming into your room that can help us.
“He’s a strong kid, a good kid. He’s trying to learn right now. He’s under me, asking me questions, asking B.A., asking everybody…He’s a guy that wants to learn. I respect that about him and I like that about him and I really think he can help us.”
As for the offensive line as a whole, James said “I think the sky’s the limit for us, whoever is out there. I think we’re going to do well.”
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked 45 times last season, tied for eighth most in the league. Also, Miami rushed for an average of 93.5 yards per game in 2015. That ranked 23rd in the NFL.
Jermon Bushrod, an offensive lineman who started 96 NFL games with the Saints and the Bears, also joined the Dolphins as a free agent in March.