On day two of training camp, we’re already more than halfway through the numerical roster, having worked our way down through the 90’s, the 80’s, the 70’s, 60’s, and 50’s. The excitement of the running backs is fast approaching, but here we get to know a good chunk of defensive players as well as one man who lines up in the offensive backfield. Ladies and gentlemen, the 40’s…
#49 A.J. Edds: The team’s fourth round selection in this April’s draft, Edds (pronounced “Eades”) is a 6’4, 246lb. linebacker out of the University of Iowa. A permanent team captain with the Hawkeyes, Edds was a definite leadership guy on his team and has several academic honors to his credit, as well. On the field, Edds seems to have excelled in pass coverage, as he picked off five passes last season alone.
#48 Chris McCoy: Another rookie, McCoy seems like he’ll be in the mix when it comes to the competition at outside linebacker. The first of two seventh round picks the team made in April, McCoy played his college ball at Middle Tennessee State where he started all 12 games last season and recorded a Sun Belt conference-high 20 tackles for a loss, including seven sacks. He had a couple of fumble recoveries and blocked a kick, as well.
#46 Rolly Lumbala: The lone offensive player in the 40’s, Lumbala is a fullback and a fullback with a story. Born in the west-central African nation of Gabon, Lumbala grew up in Calgary, Alberta, attended the University of Idaho, and was signed away from the BC Lions of the CFL by the Fins this past off-season. Yes, Cameron Wake played for BC as well.
#45 Ross Weaver: An undrafted free agent, the Dolphins signed Weaver in the wake of this year’s draft. A cornerback at Michigan State, Weaver will try and become the next big undrafted thing in the NFL, attempting to follow in the footsteps of players like Wes Welker and Davone Bess.
#44 Austin Spitler: Another rookie, Spitler was the Fins’ final draft choice in April, as Miami selected him in the seventh round out of Ohio State. Spitler fits into the mix at inside linebacker for the Fins but will obviously have to battle hard to earn playing time behind guys like Channing Crowder and Tim Dobbins. Spitler started all 13 games for the Buckeyes last season.
#43 A.J. Wallace: The trend continues…Wallace is a rookie out of Penn State, who, like Weaver, was signed as an undrafted free agent. A cornerback and kick returner under Joe Paterno, Wallace also saw a little bit of time in the offensive huddle for the Nittany Lions.
#40 Jonathon Amaya: One final player in the 40’s and like several of the other members of this number group, Amaya signed as an undrafted free agent. A baseball player in high school, Amaya was drafted in the 40th round by the San Francisco Giants and decided to go to college. At the University of Nevada, he walked on, and ended up as a four-year starter for the Wolfpack. Amaya is a definite competitor, which is good, because he has some major competition ahead of him.
And so the countdown continues. Next up, we break down the players who wear numbers in the 30’s, which means some very familiar names and some very important pieces to the Dolphins puzzle.
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