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Monday, August 19, 2013
Dolphins film review: G Josh Samuda

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins completed their third preseason game Saturday with a 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans.

Houston’s defense was a strong test for Miami’s offensive line, which has received a lot of criticism in training camp. The right guard position, in particular, has been a focus following the knee injury to projected starter John Jerry.

With that in mind, I went back and studied the game tape of Josh Samuda. Here is how he graded:

First series
Second series
Third series
Fourth series
Fifth series
Final point total: +9 points

Conclusion: It’s easy to focus on the bad plays for Samuda. But after cutting up the tape of each individual play, he made many more good plays than bad. Samuda's toughness and versatility are valued commodities for the Dolphins. He certainly plays hard, and that’s half the battle. But Samuda’s made several mistakes this preseason that were drive killers, and he must avoid those if he wants to be a starter. Jerry appears to be recovering well. He dressed for practice last week and was limited. I expect Miami’s coaching staff to gradually work Jerry in with the starters, while Samuda can be the first backup off the bench at center and guard.