Sunday Miami Dolphins Mailbag: Tua Topics, O-Line Plans, Early Camp Standouts, And More

Part 3 of our first SI Fan Nation All Dolphins mailbag of training camp:

From Tony Figueroa (@tonyfigcis):

With Coach McDaniel talking about bringing starters along slowly, do you expect the starting OL to play in a preseason game together or just practice together and suit up for a game in Week 1? Thank you!

Hey Tony, that is a very good question and I would tell you the wild card in that equation is Terron Armstead. I would expect the other starting O-linemen to get action in the preseason and maybe even quite a bit of reps, but not so sure about Armstead given his circumstances (credentials, age, injury history). I do believe the Dolphins will err on the side of caution with him.

From Orlando Aloisi (@OrlandoAloisi):

If Tua is good but only good, does he get an early extension?

Hey Orlando, that’s obviously a question only the Dolphins organization can answer, but remember that the team can buy itself a year to make that kind of decision by exercising Tua’s fifth-year option for 2024, which they will have to decide by next May. So if Tua has a good but only good season in 2022, I would expect the team to exercise the fifth-year option. If he has a great season, a long-term extension is definitely in play.

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