Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Dolphins are turning to rookie Jonathan Martin to fill Jake Long's big shoes.
Martin played left tackle in college at Stanford, so the transition will only be new on a professional level. The move would leave a hole the Dolphins would have to fill at right tackle, a situation they've been addressing in practice this week. The Dolphins hope to settle the offensive line re-shuffling fairly easily, as they have to handle the potent pass rush of the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
Long was moved to injured reserve earlier this week after tearing a triceps in a loss to the New England Patriots last weekend, and Long took over in the middle of the game. Martin has been lined up with the first-team on the left side in practice this week. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said he's liked how Martin has adjusted to fill whatever role the Dolphins need of him:
"A young man like that just out of college and already having played both sides of the line and being thrown over there in the middle of the game speaks volumes of what he's all about," Sherman said.