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The Miami Dolphins have address a glaring need on their offensive line Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal with center Matt Skura in free agency.

Skura, who played the last four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, ...



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:40 pm 
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This move screams a center in the draft.

Based on their moves, or lack thereof, I think Miami has identified multiple WRs, Cs, Edges and RBs that they would happily take with their first four picks in the draft. Pick your combo but I think those positions have now become a priority because Miami is not paying for other teams' castoffs.


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He's apparently a pretty good pass blocker but was coming back from a devastating knee injury the year before and was pretty rusty at first. I'd rather we had kept Karras, but it seems the approach is bargain shopping.

Agreed, Jammer. WR, RB, C, Edge in any particular order. It just makes me nervous having such a young line and then counting on your choice of an average (if that) veteran or a rookie at Center.


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This move screams a center in the draft.

Based on their moves, or lack thereof, I think Miami has identified multiple WRs, Cs, Edges and RBs that they would happily take with their first four picks in the draft. Pick your combo but I think those positions have now become a priority because Miami is not paying for other teams' castoffs.


Yes, I agree. I've been beating this drum for awhile, I realize, but I think it also means they are going to try to trade down. If they are looking for players who can contribute right away, that usually only happens with top 50 picks, of which we now only have four. Plus, I think/hope they will consider Pitts, if he is available, which would mean six players if we also want WR, C, RB, Edge, and LB. So, even if we pick up an extra second round pick, one of those needs isn't going to get met until the third round. Maybe Javonte Williams makes it to the third round. Creed Humphrey (C) might last until 50, but if they really want him, they won't want to risk that.

This is the problem with drafting for need. You end up stretching to get guys at a certain position. I think we did that last year with Austin Jackson. In the long run, it is better to draft for value and take the BPA (within reason, relative to need), especially in the early rounds. We need impact players, regardless of where they play.


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He's apparently a pretty good pass blocker but was coming back from a devastating knee injury the year before and was pretty rusty at first. I'd rather we had kept Karras, but it seems the approach is bargain shopping.


Yeah, these comments from a Baltimore feed are not encouraging. Seems like a waste of money. But if so, hopefully it is a waste of a small amount of money.

"Center seems the likeliest interior position to see a new starter, as starter Matt Skura (49.1 PFF grade in 2020) struggled this past season. Patrick Mekari took over for Skura and played reasonably well (62.4 PFF grade), but Mekari delivered his worst performance of the season, by far, in Baltimore’s playoff loss to Buffalo. He earned a mere 1.3 pass-blocking grade in the game. There is a chance Bozeman — who played center at Alabama — could slide over from left guard. "


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All right....a center who can’t snap. Perfect fit.


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My sources tell me that the problem with his snaps is that he can't snap the ball high enough for a QB taller than 6 feet.

So he should be a perfect fit in Miami.

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My sources tell me that the problem with his snaps is that he can't snap the ball high enough for a QB taller than 6 feet.

So he should be a perfect fit in Miami.


I'm running the town Tee Ball program this Spring. Maybe with a successful coaching stint the Dolphins would consider hiring me to teach Tua the "alligator chomp" for fielding ground balls.


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My sources tell me that the problem with his snaps is that he can't snap the ball high enough for a QB taller than 6 feet.

So he should be a perfect fit in Miami.


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A meh grade. Hopefully we will see a bounce back and a fully healthy Skura.

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Skura was a key cog during Lamar Jackson's emergence in Baltimore, but this is a weird move because he was also essentially benched in favor of Patrick Mekari after a mistake-plagued start to the 2020 season.

His grades at Pro Football Focus were ugly, and it's possible the undrafted 28-year-old's strong 2019 campaign was an aberration. He at least likely comes cheap, but this is an underwhelming move for a team looking to take off with its young franchise quarterback in 2021.

Grade: C


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The story of our lives with o-lineman.
"C" grade, other team rejects.
Good luck, Tua.


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I'm cautiously optimistic the young guys will take a step this year.

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He's been practicing his snaps every day. Who is he snapping to? His wife?

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I think he can regain his 2019 form.


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If he's snapping everyday, does that mean we got ourselves another Richie Incognito?

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If he's snapping everyday, does that mean we got ourselves another Richie Incognito?


Lol....so true. The FA period for Miami has been scary bad. If Fuller pans out, then I guess it is okay....but we lost one of our better O lineman from an already shaky unit.


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McKinney was a really good pickup. I actually like almost everything they did, precisely because the didn't throw the funny money around. We got a legit deep threat, a very solid backup QB, a versatile DT (which takes that off the draft list IMO), a nickel corner to push Needham (which was needed), a bruising short yardage RB that excels in pass pro and a solid replacement for our punter. We gave up nothing for a flyer on a very talented OL that didn't work out in TN. The only move I'm not crazy about is the center, and the fact that we didn't get an edge rusher.

Oh, and for what it's worth, there is not 1 player on the team that is 30 years old right now. That's remarkable.

So in my mind this has been far, far from scary bad. Scary bad is throwing crazy money at big names that never really work out for us; I've seen that movie too many times and I'm happy to try a different approach. Fiscally responsible, with the long game in mind.


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If Fuller pans out, then I guess it is okay....


Fuller’s more than ok, he’s proven, but he needs a QB and an offensive coordinator/system to “pan out”, and neither one of those are anywhere near proven.


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If he's snapping everyday, does that mean we got ourselves another Richie Incognito?


Lol....so true. The FA period for Miami has been scary bad. If Fuller pans out, then I guess it is okay....but we lost one of our better O lineman from an already shaky unit.


I think it too soon to say what the free agent period has been.

One player panning out raises it from scary bad to ok is interesting.

If two players pan out will it go from scary bad to great?

What would make the free agent period good or great for Miami?

Has winning the free agent period in the past translated to wins in the regular season?


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Yes. Dolphins seem to always win in March


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If he's snapping everyday, does that mean we got ourselves another Richie Incognito?


Lol....so true. The FA period for Miami has been scary bad. If Fuller pans out, then I guess it is okay....but we lost one of our better O lineman from an already shaky unit.


I think it too soon to say what the free agent period has been.

One player panning out raises it from scary bad to ok is interesting.

If two players pan out will it go from scary bad to great?

What would make the free agent period good or great for Miami?

Has winning the free agent period in the past translated to wins in the regular season?


It worked out pretty well for Tampa Bay....


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I haven’t seen it here and nowhere in the media that I know, but I’m wondering when is this mediocre FA run going to be tied to Ross telling Grier that he’s through throwing away his millions on failed FA decisions. Excuses of the reduced cap room, much of it the result of failed spending decisions on players gone and those kept producing at best an average roster, aren’t gonna fly. Van Noy, the DE, the RB from the Bears and the other guy traded for from the ‘niners, Karras, etc..... And all that just after one year!

I’m Ross I include in the indictment the millions spent on picks that have contributed zero, many of them gone after just a couple of years, then for good measure I would add the national coverage of the tanking for Tua which was on the one hand a rather embarrassing period for the franchise and on the other has miserably failed to produce results on the field, particularly when seeing that the objective of it all at this point is a QB with still more questions than answers.

I could go on, but I wouldn’t want to crash the site.

I’m Ross I would be telling Grier that he’s sitting on his wallet this year, trying to recover as best as possible from the revenue losses due to the pandemic. Only if results are shown on the field of play, results that may give justification to spending again when the cap goes up in ’22, Grier isn’t going to see another penny, and not only that, if the club does not show measurable improvement in ’21, not asking for a SB or anything like that but making a true run at Buffalo and remaining ahead of NE, Grier should have his bags packed and ready to go come January 1.

If Ross isn’t doing any of these things, then the problem starts with him.


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