Mike McDaniel has decision to make with Austin Jackson’s return; Dolphins to face Texans QB Kyle Allen

Should he give a player the spot he had before injury or avoid messing with chemistry?

That is the dilemma Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has in front of him, with offensive lineman Austin Jackson primed to play in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Jackson, the Dolphins’ starting right tackle at the beginning of the season, is finally ready to return to the lineup for the first time since the Sept. 11 opener, and McDaniel is keeping his plans for Jackson close to the vest.

“I don’t feel like revealing anything,” McDaniel said playfully on Wednesday when asked about his plan for Jackson. “I feel like, today, helping the competitive advantage of the team I coach.”

His response marked the third time this week a Dolphins coach was tight-lipped about Jackson’s role. The third-year lineman made a move to right tackle this preseason after being drafted in the first round in 2020 to play left tackle and moving to left guard last season. Since his high-ankle sprain sidelined Jackson, veteran Brandon Shell has impressed at right tackle, and Robert Jones has been serviceable at left guard for the injured Liam Eichenberg.

“Some of those things we’re probably going to keep under wraps,” offensive line coach Matt Applebaum said Monday.

Said offensive coordinator Frank Smith: “We have contingency plans to all things. So, we will make sure that we have all bases covered going forward, but our ultimate goal is to play the best five that are going to be able to help us win.”

Last time the Dolphins played, on Nov. 13 against the Cleveland Browns, Jackson was active for the first time since Week 1, but he was only available for emergency purposes. Two weeks later after the bye, he may be in line for reinsertion into the lineup.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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