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Jake Grove | Center

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 1/22/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 300
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (45) / OAK

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Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post points out that Jake Grove could be an option of the Miami Dolphins.
Joe Berger and Cory Procter are both out with knee injuries, and Grove spent the entire offseason with the club. He was cut because of durability issues, not because of on-field performance. The fit makes too much sense not to happen. Sun, Nov 21, 2010 09:12:00 AM

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Free agent C Jake Grove worked out for the Lions Wednesday.

It's a bit puzzling as to why Grove, who was released by the Dolphins just before the season, hasn't been signed yet. He's injury-prone but has been a good run blocker in his career. The Lions are happy with starter Dominic Raiola and backup Dylan Gandy at center, so it's possible they're looking at Grove as a guard.
Thu, Oct 14, 2010 09:56:00 AM

Dolphins released C Jake Grove.

Grove, who was signed to a five-year, $29.5 million contract before last season, lost out to Joe Berger for the starting center gig. Nagging injuries sapped his effectiveness and Berger provides a younger, cheaper alternative. It remains to be seen if Berger will be as effective as Grove was in run blocking. Grove, who collected $14 million guaranteed from the Dolphins, played in just 10 games for them. He'll draw significant interest at a reduced cost on the open market.
Thu, Sep 9, 2010 11:33:00 AM

Dolphins C Jake Grove missed the team's preseason finale Thursday night due to an AC joint injury in his shoulder.

Beat writer Jeff Darlington's report doesn't state whether Grove's injury is serious, but his proneness to such maladies is the reason he's lost his starting job to Joe Berger. Grove is in danger of not making the final cut.
Thu, Sep 2, 2010 09:43:00 PM

The Dolphins have opened C Jake Grove's starting job to competition.

The idea is surprising, as the Fins were a much better rushing offense when Grove was in the lineup last year. He was also given a $30 million contract last offseason. Joe Berger and Grove are sharing first-team reps during OTAs. Berger did play well in spot duty last season, and is two years younger.
Fri, May 21, 2010 06:28:00 PM

The Dolphins averaged 44.2 more rushing yards per game when C Jake Grove was in the lineup.

Grove missed the majority of six games in 2009 thanks to an ankle injury. The former second-round pick remains a one of the best run-blocking centers in the game.
Wed, Feb 17, 2010 09:39:00 AM

Dolphins declared C Jake Grove, QB Tyler Thigpen, RB Kory Sheets, LB Erik Walden, OT Andrew Gardner, DE Lionel Dotson, DE Ikaika Alama-Francis, and WR Patrick Turner inactive for Week 14.

Joe Berger will fill in at center for the third straight game. Right guard Donald Thomas is a healthy non-starter for the first time in his career, with the surging Nate Garner moving into the starting lineup.
Sun, Dec 13, 2009 12:05:00 PM

Dolphins C Jake Grove (ankle) will not play against the Jaguars Sunday.

Joe Berger draws his third straight start. Grove is excellent in run blocking, but the Dolphins figure to employ a pass-heavy attack this week.
Sat, Dec 12, 2009 05:45:00 PM

Dolphins C Jake Grove (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.

Joe Berger will likely start again this week against the Jaguars. It's a blow to Miami's rushing attack, but at least Berger, in all likelihood, won't have to deal with Jags' monster DT John Henderson (doubtful, shoulder) on Sunday.
Sat, Dec 12, 2009 11:14:00 AM

Dolphins C Jake Grove (ankle) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Patriots, a source tells the Miami Herald.

The Herald also reports that it's possible Grove could miss extended time beyond this week, saying there's a chance he is done for the season. Joe Berger will start and it's a blow to the running game as Grove was signed to deal with nose tackles like the Patriots' Vince Wilfork.
Thu, Dec 3, 2009 09:48:00 AM

Dolphins C Jake Grove (ankle) will not play against the Bills Sunday.

It's a pretty big blow to the Dolphins' run game. Grove is one of the team's best offensive linemen and he'll be replaced in the starting lineup by Joe Berger.
Sat, Nov 28, 2009 05:03:00 PM

Dolphins C Jake Grove limped off the field with a left ankle injury early in the third quarter of Thursday's game.

He's getting treatment on the Miami bench, and his return is questionable. One of the NFL's best centers this season, Grove has been a key cog in the improved rushing attack. Veteran Joe Berger has come on to replace him.
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 10:05:00 PM

ESPN's K.C. Joyner noted that Dolphins C Jake Grove had a 90.6 win percentage at the point of attack on running plays last season.

The stat measures whether the opposing defender stuffs the hole or makes contact with the runner. Grove's rate, a significant improvement over Samson Satele's 79.5 percent, should help open holes for Ronnie Brown this season.
Sun, Jul 12, 2009 12:03:00 PM

Dolphins signed C Jake Grove to a five-year, $29.5 million contract with $14 million guaranteed.

Grove, 29, battled injuries throughout his Raiders career, starting over 12 games just once in five years. But the former No. 45 overall pick was always known as a top talent and Miami was set on replacing undersized Samson Satele. Satele, a Cam Cameron holdover, will now be a backup. The Fins have $154M in deals invested at center, left guard, and both tackle positions.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 12:13:00 PM

The Dolphins are reportedly poised to offer free agent C Jake Grove a five-year contract offer.

Not that it's a bad decision, but Miami might be the only team willing to go this long on Grove. A contract is expected to be finalized Tuesday.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 12:43:00 AM

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