The Miami Dolphins let Jake Long go in free agency and stayed in house to replace the left tackle with 2012 second-round pick Jonathan Martin who seemed better suited for the right side of the line, so all eyes have been on him early in camp to see how he will be able to handle the transition in training camp.
According to those who have been watching the practices take place, it hasn’t been going smoothly in the first few sessions of camp.
The game has seemingly slowed down for Olivier Vernon in his second season — at least when he is matched opposite left tackle Jonathan Martin. Vernon has owned Martin since the opening of camp and today was no different.
Vernon had three sacks against Martin during team periods. It’s great news for the defensive end. For the Dolphins starting left tackle, it is looking problematic at this point.
While those who have been reporting from Dolphins camp acknowledge that Martin is obviously struggling, Martin seems to think everything is going well.
“I think it’s been going pretty well,” Martin said. “You have some good days and some bad days out there. My goal is to try to be consistent against a talented D-line … It’s been challenging but I like it. I like going against the best.”
Hopefully for the Dolphins, the beat writers and fans will soon start to see that things are going as well as Martin seems to believe.