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Bryant McKinnie Expected To Start At LT For Miami

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Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images.
Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images.

The recently acquired OT Bryant McKinnie is expected to start at left tackle for the Miami Dolphins when they play the New England Patriots this Sunday, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

McKinnie was sent to the Dolphins from the Baltimore Ravens via trade on Monday. He's a seasoned veteran with 12 years of experience, so picking up the playbook shouldn’t be too difficult for him.

“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.”

Installing McKinnie on the left side would shift Jonathan Martin over to the right side, where he’ll take the place of Tyson Clabo, who has struggled mightily this season. Miami’s offensive line has given up 26 sacks this season, which prompted the move by GM Jeff Ireland.

C Mike Pouncey voiced his support for McKinnie, saying, “He’s a very smart guy, and he’s been in this league a long time. If he’s not ready to play, he won’t play. But if he feels confident, hopefully he’ll be in there.”

Miami’s new offensive line: LT McKinnie, LG Richie Incognito, C Pouncey, RG John Jerry and RT Martin.