Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dallas Thomas on from Mario Williams to Von Miller


It’s been a tough few work weeks for Dallas Thomas.

Over the last four games, the Miami Dolphins offensive lineman has allowed four hits and 16 hurries on quarterback Ryan Tannehill, according to ProFootballFocus.

Most recently, in his relatively new right tackle role, he gave up two of Mario Williams' four sacks Thursday in a win over the Buffalo Bills and also surrendered a hit and four hurries in that game. And this week, the task does not get easier.

The Dolphins now head to the Denver Broncos, where he'll face a similar threat in Von Miller.

“The first thing I would tell Dallas is to have some confidence,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “There are a whole bunch of great clips on video. He wasn’t perfect. But Dallas should have some confidence. I see him especially in the run game blocking more confidently all the time."

In the pass-blocking department, Thomas looks to return to the form he held early in the season, where he did not allow a sack or hit in his first three games with significant playing time.

"He’s an improving young player and I take the Buffalo game as a great example," Lazor said. "I’m proud of him. I know he’ll get better. Some of the times when maybe he wasn’t at his best, maybe confidence would help him because he has the ability to do it. We’re in for a heck of a challenge with these [Denver] pass rushers.”

Over the past four weeks, Miller has combined for 11 tackles, two sacks, five QB hits and nine hurries.

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