One of the most frustrating areas in all of sports is the injury bug that bites certain players and avoids others. In football, this is even more frustrating for fans as they watch certain, high quality players be constantly plagued by injuries, shortening or ruining their entire career due to their own poor durability.
A good example of this would be Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey. A former first round draft pick by the Dolphins, Pouncey has been a leader and main building block for the offensive line since his arrival in Miami. That said, Pouncey has also frustrated fans in recent years as he misses more and more games due to a nagging hip problem.
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While Mike Pouncey is rumored to be all set to play come Week 1 of this season, the Miami Dolphins need to find a serious plan B option for if and when something happens to Mike Pouncey. Doing so would provide the team with a solid backup option to make sure the offensive line remains strong and stable for the majority of the 2017 season.
One option that is still present for the team is free agent center Nick Mangold. Released by the rival Jets earlier in the offseason, Mangold is still a starting caliber offensive lineman. Despite his recent injuries and age, Mangold remains a solid starting option for any team. Let us also not forget that Mangold possesses the leadership skills to help lead the offense from the point of attack.
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Making this role even more important is the fact that the Miami Dolphins offensive line remains a work in progress. With two older players likely to earn starts at the guard positions and two young players starting at the tackle spots, the center position needs to be the groups leader.
Without Mike Pouncey or a solid backup option, the structure and overall play of the offensive line could become even more erratic. Such a scenario would spell doom for both the Dolphins offensive production and potentially any chance that the team has of making the playoffs in 2017.