Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Samson Satele was drafted by the Dolphins in 2007 but was traded to the Oakland Raiders two years later. Now, his career has come full circle and he's slowly settling back in to the place where his NFL career began.
“Everything is more updated,” said Satele, who was signed Saturday after the team’s practice/scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. “Starting in the bubble is good. We usually started in full pads out here. As soon as I stepped on the field I was like, wow, my rookie year seems like yesterday.”
Satele was told by Joe Philbin that he would be competing for the starting job but he sounds like someone who is ready to grab a hold of it until Mike Pouncey returns.
“Last night, to tell you the truth, it was all spinning in the air,” Satele said. “But I came out here and got a couple of reps in and now it’s calming down a lot. The more reps I get, the better I get. I got a good opportunity to start a couple of games here before big boy Mike comes back. It’s a lot more film for me, I guess.”
In his first practice with the Dolphins on Monday, Satele alternated taking first-team reps at center with Sam Brenner. Satele is expected to be the starting center when the Dolphins take the field on Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Oh yeah, I’ll be ready,” Satele said. “I mean, it’s not my first rodeo. First day today, it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but tomorrow will be better and Wednesday will be better and Friday we’re going on.”