Mike McDaniel walked as much as Erik Ezukanma earlier than his first follow as a Miami Dolphins participant and started to tease the rookie.
The Dolphins’ coach was seemingly tried to chop the strain, ease the nervous power the crew’s fourth-round choose had percolating by citing his physique fats, and telling the previous Texas Tech receiver he wanted to get it down.
“I’m at 4 p.c,” mentioned Ezukanma, who caught 138 passes for two,165 yards and scored 17 touchdowns throughout his 4 seasons with the Pink Raiders. “He was cracking a joke on me. We had slightly snort.”
Earlier than taking to the sector on Friday through the first on-field session of Dolphins rookie minicamp, all of the newcomers — the 4 draftees, the 14 undrafted rookie free brokers, and camp tryout gamers — had been measured, weighed, examined, examined, and principally over-analyzed to find out precisely what every participant is working with.
So, what are these newbies bringing to the crew?
The right reply to that query about this handful of kids, who will seemingly get off to a gradual begin within the NFL due to how deep Miami’s roster seems to be, is inexperience.
And with that comes a aspect of errors, and rising pains like what Jevon Holland, Jaelan Phillips, Jaylen Waddle and the remainder of final yr’s rookies skilled earlier than choosing up their productiveness within the second half of the 2021 season.
That’s why it’s not secure to anticipate any of those rookies to play important roles in 2022.
Former Kansas State standout Skylar Thompson would possibly spend his rookie season on the follow squad until he balls out within the preseason and turns into a developmental quarterback the Dolphins can’t expose to the waiver wire.
Except Channing Tindall is a soccer savant, don’t be shocked if the previous Georgia linebacker Miami chosen with the 102 choose within the 2022 NFL draft spends his rookie season struggling to study Miami’s sophisticated hybrid protection.
The chances of Tindall, who was a tad smaller than I anticipated regardless of being listed at 6 ft 2, 230 kilos, unseating Jerome Baker and Elandon Roberts for one of many beginning inside linebacker spots are slim. Baker has led the crew in tackles for 3 years, and Roberts, a two-time crew captain, is coming off a profession yr, one the place he wasn’t a full yr into the rehab of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee till December.
So in a great world Tindall, who was a job participant on the Georgia crew that received the nationwide championship final fall, grow to be a package-based participant. Possibly he’ll push Duke Riley for the position he held final season as a pass-coverage specialist.
“School was fast-paced, nevertheless it’s even sooner right here,” Tindall mentioned following Friday’s follow. “That’s in all probability the most important factor I took from in the present day.”
Cameron Goode, the California cross rusher the Dolphins chosen within the seventh spherical, going through an identical uphill climb. Except this 6-foot-3, 232-pounder turns into an edge-rushing demon throughout coaching camp and the exhibition season he’ll seemingly must carve out a contributing position on particular groups.
That may not appear to be rather a lot, however it will be greater than what final yr’s seventh-round picks — tailback Gerrid Doaks and offensive sort out Larnel Coleman — did for the Dolphins. Miami stashed Coleman on the harm report final season, and Doaks spent the complete season on Miami’s follow squad regardless of the Dolphins’ determined want for tailback assist at midseason.
After Friday’s session Goode commented on how “surreal” it was to be on an NFL roster.
That’s why his 5:45 a.m. alarm didn’t hassle him although Goode was up until round midnight learning his newly issued playbook, and watching movie on the team-issued iPad.
“My thoughts was racing,” Goode explaining why he couldn’t sleep.
“After I wakened this morning I used to be telling myself there is no such thing as a place on earth I’d relatively be,” mentioned Goode, who registered 172 tackles, and 20.5 sacks within the 37 school video games. “I used to be drained, however I couldn’t be mad.”
In any case, he’s dwelling his dream, a dream so many different school soccer gamers have, however don’t get an opportunity to make a actuality. Even whether it is as a job participant, or roster lengthy shot.