Anyone who's ever met Miami Dolphins safety Louis Delmas knows that he's a fun-loving individual who can make even the dreariest of situations turn into a lively party. He can often be seen hyping up the fans or engaging fellow secondary members Will Davis and Reshad Jones in dance contests.
People questioned if Delmas would be able to join the team for the beginning of the regular season due to the nature of his injury and the timing of it. Then people questioned if Delmas would be available for training camp, and he's proven that indeed will be the case, as even in mini-camp now, Delmas is energizing the football team in what is considered by many players to be one of the most boring parts of the offseason.
"As mini camp unfolds, each day is a little bit more challenging as a coach. But I thought today, like I said, I really felt the energy of the football team was good." head coach Joe Philbin said. "They were attentive I thought in meetings, they did some lifting, we had a walkthrough practice, and we had lunch and came out here. I was pleased. He was one of those guys that was flying around."
Delmas is known for laying the wood on whoever he tackles, as he earned the nickname "The Missile" during his time in Detroit, and he's taken a leadership role on this young team, helping keep everyone excited for the season and doing what he can to make the team better as a whole.
"He's got that energy and he's really grasped the system well, really since he first came." Philbin said. "I think he's got a good handle on things, the adjustments. I think he's been a good communicator over his time here. He's a physical guy."
Delmas' physicality will be much appreciated when the regular season begins, and his leadership on the field will be indispensable as his ability to analyze plays before and during the snap was quite valuable for the players in the LB corps and the defensive line. A healthy Delmas makes the whole defense better, and having him out there in the secondary will help things along for everyone, as his energy and attitude is very infectious.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater