Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Dolphins draft class so far has shown plenty of promise, with their first two draft picks in Ja’Wuan James and Jarvis Landry already set to receive plenty of playing time once the season begins. However, we haven’t see a ton of from the bottom of the class – until Saturday.
Tripp, a linebacker who was drafted in the fifth rounds, stripped running back Damien Williams and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown. Linebacker coach Mark Duffner believes that Tripp has the skills to make it in the NFL.
“Jordan Tripp is good at a lot of things. He’s a highly competitive guy. He’s got great desire to be a great player and the athletic skills to do it and pretty good awareness. I’m excited what I see so far.”
Fede, a defensive end who was drafted in the seventh round, had one sack and knocked down a pass from Ryan Tannehill at the line of scrimmage. Throughout the other parts of the scrimmage, Fede showed great athleticism and is truly making a case to stick around.
“He’s got a lot of natural talent,” Dolphins defensive lineman Jared Odrick said of Fede. “There are a lot of things he can do and the coaches know he can do without him even knowing he can do it. He’s got to realize what he has and put it to use. He’s doing it pretty well in this camp. It’s like night and day from what he did in the spring to what he’s doing now. He’s a quick learner.”
While neither player will likely start come week one, they are both expected to make the team and will likely make their impact on special teams.