That was just the beginning, of course, of what became a successful ten-year NFL career, which included a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2005.
After Davone Bess and Brian Hartline, both of whom he feels has an experience advantage, Chambers said it looks like there will be plenty of opportunities for a young player to make a name for himself.
“Everybody will pretty much have to fall into order. It’s a position that’s wide open for the Dolphins right now,” Chambers said. “You would probably like to see a little bit more experience out there, but somebody is going to have to take the bull by the horns, step up and take some of these positions that are wide open.”
One of the guys trying to work his way into the starting lineup is Legedu Naanee, a free-agent acquisition this off-season. Prior to joining Carolina last year, Naanee spent his first four seasons in San Diego, three of which were under the watchful eye of the veteran Chambers.
“I think he’ll be a good addition,” Chambers said. “He’s tall. He has good speed, good hands. He’s a willing blocker, a consummate professional. You’re not going to get too much trouble out of him. He’s going to go out there and do his job.”
When HBO’s cameras arrive in Davie, the uncertainty at receiver may be one of Hard Knocks’ more interesting storylines. Many have wondered whether this, being Joe Philbin’s first season as a head coach at any level, is the right time for the Dolphins to do the show. Chambers, though, thinks that the new beginning makes it perfect timing, allowing fans to get a look at some under-the-radar players.
“People will get a chance to see what type of characters they have on the team. They have a good group of guys,” Chambers said. “I think it’s going to be a good thing to see that as they turn into a new phase with the new coaching staff.”
With just a few years removed from his six-and-a-half season run with the Dolphins, Chambers may have a difficult time recognizing most of the faces at the team’s practice facility; in fact, only two players–John Denney and Brandon Fields–remain from his last season with the team in 2007. Since his career has come to a close, Chambers has returned to South Florida and said he has his eye on one Dolphin in particular, rookie Michael Egnew, who is now wearing Chambers’ No. 84.
“When you leave, you look and say, ‘Man, who’s wearing my number?’ You’ve got to make sure the guy is representing for me,” Chambers said. “I haven’t had a chance to see him play yet. I’ve heard some really good things about him, and hopefully he’ll go out there and represent us well.”
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