Randy Starks was a free agent this past offseason and after testing the market, decided to come back to the Miami Dolphins on a two-year deal. The Dolphins might end up being happier than they originally thought they'd be.
That's because Starks has been a very dominant force in the opening days of training camp. Sunday was the first day in pads and Starks was ready to go. On one play during 1-on-1s, Starks' bull rush was so powerful that Dallas Thomas ended the drill one his knees.
"You seen that one huh? That's a slick little move. A little bull rush," Starks boasts when talking about a new technique he's working on. "If they can't put their hands on you then they can't stop you."
Starks, who is entering his eleventh season in the NFL, has never been one to take his status lightly and is always trying to get better. He's gotten the attention of Joe Philbin this year.
"I've noticed him," Philbin said. "He's had some good production. I was down at their 1-on-1 period down there. He's having a very, very good camp. I think he's finishing plays a little bit better. I think he's had some presence in the pass game as well. [I'm] really pleased with what I see from him so far."
Starks is putting in extra work because he wants to stay on the field in nickel packages, which didn't always happen last year. It's his goal to play more than the 742 snaps he played last year. Starks also understands that he needs to step up his game off the field and in the locker room.
"Whether I accept it or not, I'm a leader on this team. I'm not accustomed to being a leader," said Starks. "I came out of NFL when I was 20, so I've always been a younger guy. Now I'm one of the older guys on the team. I know who I am. I'm not going to change who I am. I'm just going to go out there and practice and set the tone."