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The Miami Dolphins (6-4) have done a lot of things correctly while posting a 5-2 record in the past seven games. But an area of concern that could derail them next week against the Denver Broncos is pass protection, particularly at right tackle.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked a season-high five times in Thursday’s 22-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills, and starting right tackle Dallas Thomas allowed Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams to register 2.5 of his 3.5 sacks.
The Dolphins weakened their right-tackle position after moving first-round pick Ja'Wuan James to left tackle to replace injured Pro Bowler Branden Albert (knee), who is lost for the season. They had several options at right tackle but chose Thomas, who started this season at guard, over backups Nate Garner and Jason Fox.
Thomas looked out of place in his first start at right tackle this season in terms of his footwork, lack of quickness and overall strength against Williams. The competition only gets stiffer Sunday against Denver pass-rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.
Thomas must step up his game if he wants to remain the right tackle for the final six games. He also could use more help from “chips” and double-teams from running backs and tight ends. All of Thomas' 2.5 sacks against Buffalo were allowed in one-on-one situations.