DAVIE — Week after week, game after game, Miami Dolphins rookie safety A.J. Hendy has prepared for this moment.
It took all season, but Hendy is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday against the New England Patriots.
“I’m a competive guy,” said Hendy, activated this week from Miami’s practice squad. “I won’t lose. I’m confident. I’m just ready to go. I’m hungry. It’s Week 17 and I ain’t got a piece yet so I need something. I need a taste of that live action.”
Hendy was activated because of a season-ending injury to starter Isa Abdul-Quddus.
He is likely to be mixed in on special teams this week.
“It’s going to be a dream come true,” Hendy said. “It’s going to be exciting. Hopefully I can be in control of my emotions. I think I will be. I’m excited to get out there and help the team win. Help the team continue to move forward.”
Hendy, 6-feet, 209 pounds, was signed as an undrafted free agent.
After an impressive training camp, in which it seemed he was always around the ball, Hendy was one of the Dolphins’ last cuts. But the team added him to practice squad.
“I thought my numbers were up there with the top guys,” Hendy said of the NFL Draft. “And I felt like me being a competitor, that I was just as good as those guys. So I felt a little bit overlooked. But you know I can’t complain. I can just work. Right now, I’ve get my opportunity.”
Check out The Palm Beach Post‘s Miami Dolphins page on Facebook.