Nate Garner and Billy Turner get some work with Dolphins starters

Sun Sentinel

DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins ended Wednesday's practice with two new starters on the team's troublesome offensive line.

The Dolphins ended the team's fifth practice with Nate Garner taking first-team snaps as the starting center, replacing Shelley Smith, and rookie Billy Turner taking snaps as the starting right guard, replacing Dallas Thomas.

Garner, a six-year veteran who started two games at center last season, began training camp as a reserve tackle. But he's spent the past six seasons as the Dolphins' utility lineman, starting 19 games in five seasons at center, offensive guad and right tackle.

Smith, who began training camp as Mike Pouncey's replacement at center because of Pouncey's hip injury, has struggled with his snapping. Smith's final snap of Wednesday's practice was low and led to a fumble defensive tackle Issako Aaitui recovered, ending Matt Moore's two-minute drill 11-on-11 session.

Turner, a former North Dakota State standout the Dolphins selected in the third-round, is pushing Dallas Thomas for the vacant starting spot the Dolphins created by not re-signing John Jerry.

Smith was initially signed as a free agent to fill the right guard role, but Pouncey's injury motivated the Dolphins' coaches to try him at center. However, his struggled snapping the ball could lead the Dolphins to move him back to right guard.

Thomas spent all of OTAs as the Dolphins starting left guard, but the signing of veteran left guard Daryn Colledge prompted the Dolphins to move him to right guard, where he's struggled. The Dolphins are also experimenting with using Thomas at right tackle, the position he played last team.

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