More 2014 Training Camp Previews
After making major changes at linebacker last offseason, the Dolphins pretty much maintained the status quo this year with their core of
The one addition of note was that of fifth-round pick
The one significant change at linebacker during the offseason program had Misi moving from outside linebacker to the middle and switching places with Ellerbe.
BREAKING DOWN DOLPHINS LINEBACKERS
• Jonathan Freeny (6-2, 250) — In his two seasons with the Dolphins, Freeny established himself as a valuable special teams player. Freeny was second on the team last season with 10 tackles in the kicking game.
• Jelani Jenkins (6-0, 243) — The first of three Florida Gators selected by the Dolphins in the 2013 draft, Jenkins contributed on special teams all season and got more and more playing time as a backup on defense as the season progressed. Because of his speed and coverage ability, he could push for an even bigger role this season.
• Koa Misi (6-3, 257) — The longest-tenured member of the linebacking corps, Misi is heading into his fifth season with the Dolphins with a new role. The transition shouldn’t be a major problem for Misi, who already has shown his versatility since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2010. The Dolphins hope that Misi can help make a difference in the middle of the defense.
• Jason Trusnik (6-4, 252) — Entering his fourth season with Miami, Trusnik remains a valuable contributor, both with his work on special teams and his ability to back up just about anywhere at linebacker. Trusnik has started two games each of the last two seasons.
• Philip Wheeler (6-2, 240) — In his first season in Miami after coming over from the Oakland Raiders, Wheeler led the Dolphins with a career-high 118 tackles and he also teamed with
ROOKIES OR FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS
• Jordan Tripp (6-3, 234) — Tripp played outside linebacker at Montana when he earned Football Championship Subdivision All-American honors in 2013, but he also has the ability to play inside. Tripp, whose father and grandfather also played at Montana, showed at the Senior Bowl he could compete against elite competition. As a bonus, Tripp not only is a good prospect at linebacker, he’s also got a lot of long-snapping experience.