The Dolphins’ immediate plans for veteran tackle Bryant McKinnie, acquired Monday in a trade with the Ravens, remain veiled heading into Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The prevailing wisdom is that McKinnie was brought in to, at some point, start at left tackle, moving Jonathan Martin to right tackle and Tyson Clabo to the bench. While McKinnie wasn’t made available to the media Friday, Clabo did speak about the acquisition. “I try to be an adult,” Clabo said. “I’m not going to throw a temper tantrum or do anything stupid. I still have a job in the NFL, one of the best jobs in the world. I’m just going to continue to do my job, which is to do whatever they ask me to do.” Clabo said that the coaching staff hasn’t informed him of a change on the depth chart, and he did take first-team snaps in the portions of practice made available to the media, but the nine-year veteran can see the writing on the wall. “It’s reality,” Clabo said. “It happens to everyone at some point.” So while it seems inevitable that McKinnie will move into the starting lineup, the 34-year-old won’t be able to do so until he learns the offense’s terminology and audibles. “He’s done a good job; he’s been diligent,” said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. “Football’s not overly complicated, I don’t think. He’s been at this profession for a while, and he’s got a good broad-based knowledge of offensive football, so he’s picked up things well.” Center Mike Pouncey said while every player learns a system at a different speed, he’s seen encouraging signs that McKinnie can be game-ready soon.
Dolphins coy about Bryant McKinnie’s role with team
Miami Herald | Oct 26