NFL notes: Miami Dolphins boast stalwart defensive line
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016
Miami Dolphins defensive line coach Terrell Williams was engaged in conversation on the field following practice Friday when end Cameron Wake came up from behind and playfully draped a large, sweaty arm around his coach’s neck.
Williams smiled and kept talking, but soon decided to pull rank on Wake.
“Get out of here,” Williams barked with a thrust of his shoulders that sent the 263-pound Wake stumbling away.
The coach, a former college nose guard, can clearly still hold his own in the trenches. That’s good, because he’s dealing with more than 4,000 pounds of talent in training camp, sorting out a unit that may be the strength of the team.
Miami’s front four includes three four-time Pro Bowlers – Wake, end Mario Williams and tackle Ndamukong Suh. Others expected to have prominent roles include tackles Earl Mitchell and Jordan Phillips and ends Andre Branch and Jason Jones.
Terrell Williams said he has never had such depth.
“We’re trying to figure out where all these guys fit in,” he said.
Lions rebuilding defensive line
The Detroit Lions invested a lot in the middle of their defensive line, drafting Ndamukong Suh No. 2 and Nick Fairley No. 13 in consecutive years, without much of a return.
Suh chose to leave the Lions last year as a free agent, signing with the Miami Dolphins. The Lions let Fairley go, and he signed with the St. Louis Rams, lasting only one season with them before joining the New Orleans Saints this year.
Detroit began rebuilding the unit around the talents of end Ezekiel Ansah, drafted No. 5 overall in 2013, and the experience of tackle Haloti Ngata, who re-signed this season. With first-year general manager Bob Quinn, the franchise made another commitment to the defensive line by selecting Alabama tackle A’Shawn Robinson in the second round.
“We have a lot of depth,” Taylor said.
Around the league
WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer have signed one-year contract extensions with the Arizona Cardinals. … Redskins rookie LB Steven Daniels is out for the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. … Former NFL and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and battery for his role in two domestic abuse incidents in Madison, Wisconsin. … Tennessee Titans DB Marqueston Huff has been suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
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