DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins rookie offensive lineman Jamil Douglas is in the process of building himself back up this week. He was downtrodden after his errant snap on the final offensive play cost his team dearly in an 18-12 loss to the Colts.
The defeat wasn’t all on Douglas, but the timing of his big mistake made him feel that way. Several teammates and interim head coach Dan Campbell consoled the rookie in the locker room Sunday evening in an attempt to make him feel better.
The good news is Douglas likely will get a shot at redemption. He is expected to get his second career start this Sunday at center in place of the injured Mike Pouncey (foot) against the Patriots.
“It's not easy to just forget about it,” Douglas said. “I was disappointed. I felt like I let my team down in that situation. But it's a new week. I have to get better this week and focus on the Patriots.”
A good game against the reigning Super Bowl champions could be just what Douglas needs to get over last week’s game. The Dolphins drafted Douglas in the fourth round in April, and he’s trying to prove he can be a part of the team’s long-term plans.
Douglas also started four games at guard, his natural position, earlier this season with mixed results. It will be important for Douglas to finish his rookie year on a good note.
“I think he’s fine,” Campbell said. “How do you judge fine? I think certainly it bothered him, but he’ll bounce back, I’ve talked to him a few times and I feel like he’ll come out of it. I feel he did a nice job today and I think he’ll be fine. I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”