Written by Matthew Cannata
Jordan Tripp, who was drafted in the fifth round out of Montana in the 2014 NFL Draft, is ready to begin training camp and make a name for himself in the NFL.
Tripp, who had a stellar senior season and shined at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, knows that all of that no longer matters because now it’s about what happens in the NFL against bigger, stronger and faster players. However, he’s not ready to back down from any type of challenge.
"You know, you get down there and you know you've got to hit the ground running. You either show up and perform or you don't stick around. It's plain and simple," observed Tripp.
Tripp played outside linebacker at Montana but the Dolphins have been experimenting with him at inside linebacker as well. It isn’t clear at this point where he will end up settling in but could even learn both positions and be a versatile guy on the depth chart. While he may not compete for a starting job this year, he’s expected to have an impact on special teams.
"One of the things that Coach Joe Philbin's big on is doing things right, listening to detail. You know, when a coach tells you do do something, you do it that way and you do it their way. And I think a lot of the Montana kids have that instilled in them from the coaches we've had up here, and just the type of work ethic they carry when they go to this program," Tripp said.
Tripp has the tools to become a starter in the NFL but he will need to add muscle and become a little bigger to sustain the rigors of a starting linebacker. If Tripp works hard, he may find himself in the starting lineup sooner than most people think.