The second-year lineman, who is competing for a starting job, had the unenviable task of blocking Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in Miami’s first practice in full pads. Suh turned up the intensity and Turner, to put it nicely, couldn’t offer much resistance.
Suh wreaked havoc in the team and one-on-one drills for the Dolphins. He pushed the pocket, pressured the quarterback and set the table for Miami’s defense to clearly win the day vs. the offense.
“It’s going to be a challenge every day when you're playing against the best D-line in the NFL and one of the best to ever play the position at D-tackle,” Turner said of Suh after practice. “Even going into it, it wasn’t like I didn’t know how good he was. It’s not like anyone didn’t know how good he was. ... I’m blessed that I’m able to go against him every day so I have a chance to get better.”
Suh made his presence felt in full pads. Here are a collection of practice tweets displaying his dominance:
#Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Cam Wake are lining up next to each other in full pads for the first time. They are going to be a problem.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) August 1, 2015
Wow. DL Ndamukong Suh and Cam Wake just blew up OL Billy Turner and Ja'Wuan James in pass-rush drills and met at QB. Not close. #Dolphins— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) August 1, 2015
#Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh puts G Billy Turner on the ground with a shrug move on the next play. Turner is having a rough day, as expected.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) August 1, 2015
#Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh pushes G Billy Turner back about four yards on a pass play. S Louis Delmas puts a nice stick on RB Lamar Miller.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) August 1, 2015
Miami’s starting defense had four sacks Saturday, as Suh’s penetration and presence allowed defensive teammates to make big plays. Defensive ends Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon and outside linebackers Chris McCain and Jordan Tripp all got to Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who at one point visibly showed his frustration from the pressure.
The Dolphins' offense, particularly in the passing game, looked sharp in the spring and early in training camp, when players were in shorts with limited contact. But when the pads came on Saturday, Miami’s defense – and Suh – were able to physically set a different tone.
Miami’s offensive line struggled, which could be a concern. But the defensive line looks stout early.
“When we’re sacking the quarterback, as I’ve said, I’m a defensive coach and when we’re not, I’m an offensive coach,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin joked. “But it’s good and bad. It’s good for everybody, [Suh] needs to get himself fully comfortable in our system and his timing and his rhythm down as a D-lineman and it’s going to be a great experience for our offensive players to go against him. He’s got an outstanding motor, which is good.”
It could be a long summer for the Dolphins’ offensive line, if Saturday was any indication. Suh is one of the most dominant players in the NFL, and the Dolphins hope that challenge makes their offensive line better.
Turner explained what it’s like facing Suh in practice.
“He will use a couple moves on you and then set you up for something,” Turner said. “He’s power-rushing and power-rushing you. Then, next thing you know he’s going to hit you with the quick, and he’s a lot quicker than you think he is.”