Written by Matthew Cannata at 10:30 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Derrick Shelby made waves a few weeks ago after he was arrested during the Dolphins bye week at a Fort Lauderdale night club. Upon his arrest, the Miami Dolphins suspended him indefinitely, which turned out to be only one week against the Green Bay Packers.
Coming into the season, Shelby was expected to have a bigger role with Dion Jordan being suspended. He did just that n the five games he played, accumulating 3 sacks, 7 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Joe Philbin praised Shelby for his work on the field.
“He’s a good technician, number one. I think his fundamentals have been good. They’ve gotten better and developed over time, but he’s always been detailed in how to execute what the coaches want to get done from a fundamental standpoint. I think that’s the one thing I would say that has been the best for him. So if (defensive line coach) Kacy Rodgers is teaching him various ways to take on a double-team or ways to take on a down block or various pass rush moves possibly, he’s a diligent guy on the field. He attempts to utilize those fundamentals and techniques. They show up in the game. They show up on film.”
With Jordan expected to be active against the Jacksonville Jaguars, we’ll see what happens to Shelby but make no mistake about – he has made an impact on defense and has continued to earn himself more playing time on the field.
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