- Clay Coming Up Big At Tight End
- NOTEBOOK: Opportunistic Shelby Off To Fast Start; Other Notes
- Sturgis Confident From Distance
- Philbin Happy With Dolphins' Direction
- AC In The AM: Savoring Indy; Looking Ahead To Atlanta
- VIDEO: Coach Philbin
- VIDEO: Wake
- VIDEO: Pouncey
- VIDEO: Wallace
- VIDEO: Jones
- VIDEO: Odrick
- VIDEO: Jordan
Second-year defensive end
Playing behind a front four dominated by Pro Bowlers in
“It just shows me that all the extra stuff I did in the offseason, it’s paying off,” said Shelby, who had eight tackles (seven solo) as a rookie. “What you want to do when in training, you want to have a goal in mind and mine was to obviously do better than I did last year. I worked toward it and it showed up in preseason and it’s showing up now, so I can only stay positive and keep chugging.”
Shelby’s locker is in the same corner as Odrick’s just two stalls down, while Wake and Jordan are clear across the other side of the room. But that entire defensive line is a fraternity unto itself and each of they do just about everything together. So what Shelby has been doing so far has been what Odrick, Wake and the others have expected to see.
During his first three seasons after being selected 28th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Odrick has lined up just about everywhere along the defensive line. Last week he started the game at defensive tackle and later on lined up at defensive end, so he definitely knows what it takes to get around the edge and get to the quarterback like Shelby has done in his limited snaps and can appreciate his work.
“Does it surprise me? No, it doesn’t surprise me because Shelby does it on a consistent basis,” Odrick said. “Shelby’s one of those guys that isn’t going to be a superstar in terms of the type of work he does everyday and it’s consistent, hard work and that’s what he brings to the table.”
Head Coach Joe Philbin echoed Odrick’s description of Shelby being consistent at his job.
“He’s very technically sound and a good fundamental football player,” he said. “He keeps his shoulders square, he’s got his hands where they’re supposed to be, he’s smart and instinctive and he’s done a really nice job. I really like what he’s done.”
TAYLOR AND DAVIS RETURN TO PRACTICE
In what had to be an encouraging sign for Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, both of Miami’s rookie cornerbacks,
BANGED UP FALCONS
Last week was not a pretty one for the Atlanta Falcons in spite of their last-minute victory over the St. Louis Rams because the injuries continued to mount. And today marked the third consecutive day they had to place someone on Injured Reserve with a trip to Sun Life Stadium on Sunday against the Dolphins up next.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon joined fellow linebacker Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing on the list, only Atlanta is using its designation to return on him. He suffered a foot injury against St. Louis, Biermann left the game with a season-ending Achilles injury and Ewing has a shoulder injury.
IT’S A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY
It was a change of pace in the music being played for the team stretch inside the bubble, as some country music kicked things off with Chase Rice’s “How She Rolls.” Then it was back to hip-hop with “Ready,” by B.o.B featuring Future, followed by Future’s own “Honest.”
THE LAST WORD
“I think it was important just because I wanted to let people know that I’m not here just to run people off. I’m here to actually make plays, so I think for just the outside and the way teams are going to play us it was big just to let them know that I’m here to make plays.” – Wide receiver