By ISAIH BATTISTE
The Miami Dolphins have recently signed offensive tackle Zach Sterup in wake of Ja’Wuan James’ hamstring injury. Sterup was acquired through Cleveland’s practice squad. This recent signing gives indication that James’ injury could be serious. So what does that mean for the Dolphins going forward?
That would depend on James’ level of production, the severity of his injury, the pass-rushing ability of upcoming opponents, and the abilities of the reserves at the offensive tackle position.
First, let’s take a look at James’ production. James was taken in the first-round (pick 19) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Since that time he has started in all 47 games that he has appeared in. During that span of time he has given up 14.75 sacks and committed 27 penalties for a total of 226 yards. Those stats may not sounds good at first, but they roughly translate to James giving up one sack every three games and one penalty every two games. What’s even more impressive is the fact that he has only allowed two sacks so far this season and has not been penalized for holding...