It seemed as if the Miami Dolphins were set at the defensive line position when they signed Ndamukong Suh and then later drafted Jordan Phillips in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. However, little did we know that they were looking to make it even better. Last week, they did just that when they signed defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, a former teammate of Suh’s when they plaed for the Detroit Lions.
With Mosley in the fold, head coach Joe Philbin likes what he has seen so far and hopes that he will only continue to improve as they move forward throughout 2015.
"He's athletic. You know I think he's a good scheme fit. Again, part of football is finding players that fit the system, fit the scheme. We think he's a good scheme fit first and foremost,” he said. "We're just obviously getting to know him a little big and getting him on the field, getting him acclimated to the scheme. You know we'll see. We want to have a competitive environment in every room, every positon and certainly he's had production throughout the course of his career. So we're happy to have him and now we're just getting him up to speed as quick as we possibly can."
When the Dolphins played the Lions last year, it was a defensive battle but a big reason for that was because Suh and Mosley were in the backfield quite often. Now that they are in Miami, Philbin is certainly glad that they are on his side.
"It's been good. They're both serious. They both seem like football guys. I just met C.J. obviously on his visit, spent a little time at the end of last week, spent some time with him today, just the two of us, together a little bit. So getting to know him quickly. So far I like what I see.”
Many will assume that Mosley will split repetitions and be part of the rotation on the line instead of being the starter and getting the bulk of snaps. However, Philbin said it’s way too early to make any decisions based on past history.
"It's too early to really tell. It was really all about, like I said earlier, competition and creating competition in every single room, at every position that we can. We always are attempting to improve our roster by whatever means necessary. I think that's really, in the big picture, that's what it's really all about. We haven't gotten that far to say, ‘Look, this is how we see the reps getting split up.' It's a little too early for that."
The Dolphins will continue to evaluate their players and get a good look at them as they head towards training camp. Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle have already both said that decisions won’t be made until the middle of training camp so we have some time to go before we start seeing the team take shape.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs