Miami Dolphins

Dolphins name ‘Bama product Anthony Steen starting LG

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There is at least a small faction of folks inside the Miami Dolphins organization who believe Jesse Davis will one day prove to be a starting caliber NFL guard.

Those same people believe the day will soon come when Davis is a better guard than Anthony Steen, but that day hasn’t come just yet and so Steen will be the team’s starting left guard in their 2017 season opener.

 “Right now it looks like (Anthony) Steen will probably be our guy, unless something changes throughout the week,’’ Gase said. “He’s done a really good job with the flexibility to move to multiple positions for us.

 “That’s always a positive. The more centers you can have on your roster, the better. He’s really come through for us in a lot of different spots and we like a lot of the things that he does.”

The announcement ends one of the mysteries that was surrounding the Dolphins as they began preparing for Sunday’s projected kickoff game against the Buccaneers.

Davis and Steen spent the last couple of weeks battling for the right to start at left guard after first Ted Larsen and then Kraig Urbik went down with injuries.

Davis was getting the bulk of the first team reps early on but Steen came on later and apparently outplayed Davis enough to earn the right to open the season as the team’s tarter, which isn’t that much of a surprise.

Though the Dolphins believe Davis could eventually prove to be the better player, Steen is the one with more experience right now, having started seven games at center in place of Mike Pouncey a year ago.

Steen held his own for the most part but he battled ankle, neck, shoulder and eventually foot injuries that forced the Dolphins to work Urbik at center as well for a few games.

This then is another opportunity for the University of Alabama product to prove that the scouts across the league got it wrong when every team in the league passed on him during the 2014 draft.

A torn labrum he suffered while preparing for the Sugar Bowl that year that also kept him out of the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine was one of the reasons for that but Steen has and continues to bounce back quite well.

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