Flux wrote:My guess for this trade would be that they are going after an offenseive linemen and a WR.
MIA is dissapointed in Vernon Careys ability to play RT at this point and moved him to RG. They now have John St. Clair at RT who is ok at best.
It's not that the Fins have been down on Carey it's that they have been really down on the other RGs in camp. They want to get the best 5 lineman playing and feel Carey is going to be better at RG then anyone else they have. Carey played guard and tackle at Miami so he can do either easily though he does prefer tackle.
I actually think he prefers Guard b/c Tackle in the NFL is a pain to learn, and he played Guard his last year in college
I posted this link in the Miami forum, it explains the movehttp://www.palmbeachpost.com/dolphins/content/sports/epaper/2004/08/17/a10c_finsnotes_0817.html
Frustrated Dolphins move top-pick Carey to guardBy Greg A. Bedard
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
DAVIE — In what must be a sign that he has been a disappointment thus far, first-round draft pick Vernon Carey was moved from right tackle to right guard Monday, a day that brought a lot of changes to the Dolphins' offensive line.
"I don't know, maybe the light will go on and we'll see something with one of these backup guys," coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We moved Vernon and a couple of guys inside. Maybe something shows up different at guard than it did at tackle."
Taylor Whitley was first-team right guard and Greg Jerman was moved to backup right tackle. Rex Hadnot moved from center to left guard and Billy Yates from guard to center.
"Let's put a couple of those guys in there and see how they practice, let them get some work," Wannstedt said. "If something really grabs my attention, then we might stick with it."
The Dolphins gave up a fourth-round draft choice to move up one spot in the draft to select Carey, so the team seemed almost certain he would be the answer at right tackle. Instead, he has had a tough time learning the new position, which doesn't surprise left tackle Wade Smith.
"It's definitely tough to play tackle coming in from college," said Smith, who did it as a rookie last season. "He didn't even play tackle last year. Picking up the offense is the biggest thing. This early in the season, I hadn't even picked up the offense."
Carey, who played right guard for Miami last season, said he's looking at the move as an opportunity, not a demotion.
"I feel good that I can make a push for the starting lineup," Carey said. "It's great to be doing it now as opposed to the first or second game of the season. I've got to take advantage of this."
The emergence of unheralded John St. Clair also has factored into the decision. For St. Clair, a permanent home at right tackle has made the difference this season. The Rams had the fifth-year player moving among six positions — including tight end — sometimes from practice to practice.
To me, that sounds as if he wasnt living up to expectations at RT