Miami Dolphins’ Raekwon McMillan to Kiko Alonso: ‘What’s good to eat?’

Miami Dolphins rookie Raekwon McMillan speaks to the media (AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillan noticed quickly that veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso has a highly-specialized diet and training, so he asked him about it.

“Kiko (Alonso) and his diet, how he takes care of his body,” McMillan said Monday after an organized team activity. “(Alonso) comes in … I asked him, I just pick his brain on what he does in the offseason – hot yoga, stretching every day, twice a day or something like that. He goes vegan every now and then. He watches what he eats and it’s the same thing with Lawrence (Timmons).”

If McMillan does not begin his career at inside linebacker, he may very well succeed Timmons at that position in the future.

What has he learned from Timmons, the 31-year-old with 10 years of NFL experience?

 “We come in and we learn every day about the game, physically, in this building,” McMillan said. “But for them two, it’s about what they do off the field. Somebody who has played for 10-plus years, you’ve got to look at how they take care of their body and how they’ve been able to sustain his level of play over a long period of time. Really, from them, it’s been just soaking in everything they do off the field.”

McMillan said the best skill set he brings to Miami is coachability. He’s still learning his first NFL playbook.

“At Ohio State, we did a lot of the things that we do here, but (at Ohio State it was) less complex,” he said. “Way less complex. In an NFL game, we go into all the different types of route combinations that the offense can give us and it’s an elite level of players. So you’ve got to change it up every now and then.”

Still, McMillan feels he was well prepared at Ohio State.

“But playing at the best of the best in college, it helped me out a lot,” he said. “It helped me adjust to the speed of the game here. Just on the mental side, we did a lot of things at Ohio State that helped us transition to the NFL. Coming here, the only thing that’s going to help you get to where you want to be is reps and going out there and doing it, staying healthy, and going out there, doing it and being available and being coachable.”

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