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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:50 am 
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1. One of the Dolphins' surprising battles in August continues to be the center position, where Jake Grove practiced Tuesday as the back-up behind Joe Berger. It's a little late in the training camp/preseason to use this simply as motivation, so you have to conclude Berger is being seriously considered for the job.

There's a difference in the players. Grove is stronger, less mobile (though with a very good first step that's key to gaining leverage). Berger is more moble, less strong. How will all that play out in the AFC East against Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins and the Patriots' Vince Wilfork?

What seems to be underlying issue are (a) reliability and (b) money. Grove was signed to a $30 million contract a year ago ($14.5 million guaranteed), but didn't start the last six games of 2009 with a calf injury. He missed four games the year before with Oakland (where he started 46 of 54 games).

It's hard to think a calf injury is chronic. Or, at 30, Grove is so injury prone as to be considered unreliable. Or is it? He's battling a leg injury in camp. The line is Tony Sparano's background and the coaches obviously see and know things we don't. Maybe they just think Berger is better.Certainly injuries were the reason guard Justin Smiley, another big-money free-agent, was released this off-season.

Either way, if Grove doesn't start, that ranks as a big surprise of this camp.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:52 am 
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I remember several of us last year questioning the logic behind getting Grove. His injury prone status as a player, coupled with the amount of money we threw at him, makes this move (IMHO) a poor one. When healthy he was impressive, but that was the knock on him before he came here and we were all aware of it. To expect anything different was just silly.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:10 am 
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I am told by the same source that Joe Berger has similarly beaten out Jake Grove for the starting center job.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:28 am 
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This shouldn't surprise anyone. The interior OL play actually improved when Berger was in there late last season. Grove got a big payday and is an injury prone guy.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:52 pm 
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Yeah like Phin said... the fans called this one... be interesting to see if he remains on the roster.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:03 pm 
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Cya Jake. Not worth that kind of money.


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