DAVIE—The reviews keep coming in on Dolphins rookie Charles Harris, and his performance in Organized Team Activities and minicamp was thoroughly encouraging to the team.
It’s not necessary to say much about his athletic ability and talent. That’s obvious. Most first-round picks have that, and he’s got enough of it to hold his own with Miami’s starters in practice. The more meaningful impression has come from the way Harris is handling his first few months as a pro.
“Charles, in my opinion, is a very focused kid,” defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said this week. “I’m very excited about his approach to the game. Very detail-oriented. Obviously takes coaching very, very well. Implements it very quickly, as you coach him up, in games.
“Obviously, he’s been running with the ones and getting a lot of play time in our package that we like run, in regards to pass rush. He’s had a lot of good things, in my opinion, but everybody’s got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a long way ahead of ourselves.”
The next few months will have a big impact on determining what kind of role Harris will have this season. Players get five weeks off before reporting for training camp in late July.
The Dolphins go in with Cameron Wake and Andre Branch as their starters, and Harris will be fighting for snaps behind them in the rotation. Last year, Branch played 67 percent of the defensive snaps, and Wake played 51 percent.
They’re also working with some pass rush packages in which Harris would replace a defensive tackle to give Miami extra speed. So far, Harris looks ready for anything Miami might ask of him.
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