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NOTEBOOK: New OL Arkin Adjusting; Other Notes

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Former Dallas Cowboys draft choice is transitioning to Miami.

Joining a new team midway through the regular season is tough enough, but for new Miami Dolphins offensive lineman David Arkin he has the added excitement of preparing for a Monday Night Football game.

The Dolphins signed Arkin on Tuesday, about 10 days after being released by the Cowboys. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft (110th overall) by Dallas out of Missouri State, where he played right guard and left tackle as a four-year letterman. Now the 6-foot-5, 310-pound native of Wichita, Kansas is just hoping to contribute in any way possible.

“It’s football and we’re just getting ready to play Monday night,” said Arkin, who earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in each of his four seasons. “I just want to play well.”

Arkin has the physical size to hold his ground at the line of scrimmage and is confident in his skills when it comes to both pass protection and run blocking in Miami’s offense.

“I think every offensive lineman tries to be physical, smart and know what you’re doing every play,” he said. “You have to execute and make no mistakes and this is a good room. Everybody’s been helping me get acclimated and learn the system so I hope to be able to just contribute what I can contribute and what they need me to contribute.”

KEEPING IT UPBEAT

There was an audible funk to the music selections during today’s stretching period inside the practice bubble, with Mark Morrison’s “Return Of The Mack,” leading things off. “Just Last Week,” by Big KRIT featuring Future was next, with the final song being “Let’s Go,” by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo.

THE LAST WORD

“I know they’ve got a big chip on their shoulder and they’ve got nothing to lose right now and I know they’d be glad to get a win against us so we’ve got to be ready.” – defensive end Olivier Vernon on what type of game he is expecting from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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