Miami Dolphins rookie offensive lineman Robert Hunt has gone from being a luxury to possibly being a necessity in less than a week.

For most of this season, the former Louisiana-Lafayette standout the Dolphins selected in the second round of April’s draft has served as the team’s top reserve and sixth man on the offensive line.

But Solomon Kindley being slowed by a foot injury, the Dolphins (6-4) need Hunt to bolster the right side of the line heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. road game against the New York Jets (0-10).

Hunt played well in his previous four-game stint as the starting right tackle, but it wasn’t good enough to cement himself into the starting lineup when Jackson, the team’s 2020 first-round pick, returned.

This could be his second opportunity to prove he’s ready for a permanent call up if he can outperform Kindley.

“Playing, that’s the best way to really improve. You get the experience of it and feel the speed and the aggressiveness of a defensive lineman in his case, seeing secondary pressures — different pressures than he maybe sees from us [in practice with] corners coming, safeties coming,” coach Brian Flores said. “He’s definitely improved as well as a lot of our young players offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. Playing helps for sure.”

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