Each year, some players routinely choose to skip voluntary OTAs. Ndamukong Suh chose to miss the first phase of the Miami Dolphins offseason workouts. But on Tuesday, the defensive lineman was present for the first day of Dolphins OTAs.
Suh had a very good first day of camp as he was often seen in the backfield. He regularly beat guard Billy Turner off the line a scrimmage and put a lot of pressure on quarterback Ryan Tannehill throughout the day.
“I am going out and playing as fast as I can,” Suh said after practice to reporters. “If I am going to make mistakes, I want to do it full speed, especially being in the backfield. That’s what I was brought here for. That’s the way I know how to play and that’s the way I have been playing for the past five years. I am happy to be in a position to build off of the success that I have already had and try and get better each and every day.”
“That’s what he does,” said center Mike Pouncey. “That’s why they gave him all that money. … He’s coming off that ball full speed every play. He’s a guy who really uses the snap count to his advantage. He gets off the ball really fast, and that’s part of his game.”
This offseason, the Dolphins signed Suh to a six years, $114 million contract. He will be expected to turn around a Miami defense that finished 24th against the run last season.
Miami gave the media in attendance a preview of how they plan to use Suh this season. He often lined up on the left side of the line right next to four-time Pro Bowl Cameron Wake. The combination of Suh and Wake will be tough for offensive coordinators to slow down.
“The sky is always going to be the limit for us, said Suh. “Anybody who lines up next to me and whoever I line up next to…at the end of the day, we always want to be somebody’s nightmare. We always want to cause havoc no matter who is on the field. That’s our job. That is what we are here to do.”
Suh is still behind as far as learning the Dolphins playbook. The other free agent acquisitions have had a five-week head start on him. Learning new terminology isn’t anything new for Suh.
“I have been in the league five years and I have probably gone through three or four different sets of terminology even with the same defensive coordinator Suh said. “Last year, obviously, we had the new defensive coordinator in Detroit, but at the end of the day, it is something that you can pair it up with something else that you have seen in the past. Things that I remember back in the day with a three-man front they called in the spinner. Back there in Detroit we called it something different. Here we are going to call it something different. At the end of the day, you are going to have to find similarities to understand where you need to fit in.”
While Suh wouldn’t discuss why he wasn’t in the early phases of voluntary workouts, the Dolphins are happy he is there now. If Tuesday is any indication of how well Suh will perform this season, the coaches and fans of the Dolphins are going to love him.
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