Well training camp has finally arrived and by now you get the idea: we’re counting down the Dolphins roster from the very highest number to the very lowest. Today’s entry focuses on the players who wear a uniform number in the 50’s, which means we get to know some more linebackers…
#59 J.D. Folsom: A seventh round pick of the Dolphins in 2009, Folsom bounced on and off the practice squad last year and was dressed for two games in the regular season including the season finale against the Steelers. Born in Wyoming and raised in Idaho, Folsom was on his high school rodeo team (pretty sure my high school in Boca didn’t have one of those), and his older brother is a professional rodeo cowboy.
#58 Karlos Dansby: Easily one of the two biggest additions this off-season, Dansby comes to Miami after six standout seasons in Arizona. A defensive captain each of the last two seasons (which includes the Cardinals trip to Super Bowl XLIII), he lead his team in tackles in 2007, 2008, and 2009. With the departures of both Jason Taylor and Joey Porter, Dansby is expected to be a major presence in the Dolphins 3-4 defense. As bad a man as there is at the linebacker position, Dansby does seem to have a soft-side, as well: check out this article about the “man salon” he co-owns in his hometown of Birmingham.
#56 Charlie Anderson: Coming into his third season as a Dolphin, Anderson has been a reliable contributor for the Fins, appearing in all 16 games each of the last two seasons, as well as in 2007 with Houston. Originally the Texans sixth round draft pick in 2004, Anderson twice started for the injured Joey Porter last year and recorded two sacks in November’s game against Tampa Bay, both of which included him knocking the ball out of quarterback Josh Freeman’s hands.
#55 Koa Misi: The Dolphins’ second round draft pick in April, Misi is one of the most talked-about rookies in the NFL right now when you listen to conversations about first-year players with the potential to start. A three year starter at Utah, Misi was first team All-Mountain West as a senior and will be looked at closely during training camp to see if he is able to apply pressure as a pass rusher. A defensive end in college, Misi will play at LB for the Fins. His full name? Glad you asked. It’s Koa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa Misi.
#52 Channing Crowder: Now in his sixth season out of Florida, Crowder is one of the veteran linebackers who comes into camp looking to lock down his role on the team. After suffering a shoulder injury and a foot injury last season, he will also look to stay healthy as he battles to play next to Dansby at inside linebacker. There’s been a lot of chatter about Crowder and his production this off-season, but I really think this is a guy who is primed for a big-time season. If you’re out at practice, make sure you always keep an eye on #52, because you never know what you might see.
#51 Tim Dobbins: A draft-night acquisition this past April, Dobbins comes to Miami as part of the trade that sent the Fins’ #12 overall pick to San Diego. Expected to challenge Crowder for the starting ILB spot that is not occupied by Dansby, Dobbins was a special teams contributor with the Chargers who is looking to prove to his new team that he is capable of being an every down player. Last year, he made two starts and appeared in 14 games for SD.
#50 Erik Walden: A part of the OLB battle with guys like Misi, Wake, and Anderson, Walden made eight special teams tackles for the Fins last season in 11 games. Originally drafted in the sixth round by the Cowboys in 2008 (with a pick that the Fins traded to Dallas as part of the Jason Ferguson deal), Walden also had a stop in Kansas City before being claimed off waivers by Miami in November 2008.
So there’s a look at the guys who wear numbers in the 50’s, a group of linebackers that includes guys who play outside, guys who play inside, newcomers, old faces, and plenty of competition. Up next, we move into the 40’s to meet some more linebackers, a couple members of the secondary, and a fullback.
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