Miami Dolphins Top Camp Battles No. 9: Starting Inside Linebacker

July 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The biggest splash made by the Miami Dolphins on defense this offseason was the signing of free agent Karlos Dansby, but that doesn't mean the team's productivity problems at inside linebacker are entirely solved.

Akin Ayodele has been released and is now in San Francisco, while returning linebacker Channing Crowder is coming off an injury-shortened 2009 season with a career-low 52 tackles in 13 games.

Furthermore, Crowder has seemingly been allergic to making big plays in his five seasons in the NFL, recording just 2.5 sacks and one interception in 71 career games.

While Crowder doesn't have any clear-cut starting material to challenge him, it's come to the point in his career where the Dolphins are absolutely not going to just hand him the starting job.

Originally thought to be a special-teams throw-in to the Chargers-Dolphins big draft-day deal that landed San Diego running back Ryan Mathews and Miami defensive end Jared Odrick in round one, ...

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