Reporters are now allowed to report on who's starting where (Herald link below). A couple of interesting things.
One, the rook Eichenberg up to now slotted to take over at right tackle was surprisingly moved to left guard in the starting unit, replacing Solomon Kindlley. The reports are he's struggled at RT, after a career at ND playing on the left side. But left guard? Solomon Kindley who started most of last season at RG and played I thought well enough and had been planned to take over at LG is at least for now second string. Jesse Davis, who has been borderline the last couple of years and is at best suited as a backup, once again backs into the RT job.
And two, I did like that Michael Deiter is ahead of his challengers for the starting C job. What had looked like a bust draft pick, it'd be great if the team can salvage this 3rd round pick of a couple of years ago.
Of course, none of this is cast in stone, but I'm disappointed that Eichenberg (reminding me of "Heisenberg", Walter White's bad guy nickname) has not cemented the RT position. He did say that it's been an adjustment for him, to put it mildly. These moves, when a targeted player taken as this kid was to fill a need, begin to show struggle always strike me as questionable both in the draft decisions (they had to pay to trade up for him), and now the coaching of the player. Moves on the o-line from left to right and vice-versa are common as teams try to find the best five, but not everyone can make the transition. It is assumed that the coaching staff evaluated the move and obviously agreed that they can make it work, they had to or otherwise why the "expensive" move to bring the kid in?
Just hoping this doesn't turn out to be another two, three year wait for the kid to pay off.
I kinda had my heart set on an offensive line that's both young and talented, to play together for several years and become the strength of the offense. As rookies last year Jackson, Kindley and Hunt showed they can start and grow into more dominant players. With Eichenberg a rookie and Dieter in his third year, this line would have incredible potential and if Tua can dial it up, the offense could be a force.https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt- ... 55978.html