Miami Dolphins DE Terrence Fede: Project from Marist faces pivotal season

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 01: Terrence Fede #78 of the Miami Dolphins takes the field during a game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2017.)

DE Terrence Fede

Height, weight: 6-4, 267

College: Marist

Age: 25

Experience: Entering fourth season, all with Dolphins

Acquired: Drafted in seventh round in 2014

Contract: Made $613,988 in 2016. Due $703,988 in 2017, final year of his contract

Pro Football Focus rank: Unranked

In 2016

Stats: Appeared in nine games with zero starts. Had 14 tackles and one fumble recovery

Notable moments: Had four tackles and recovered a fumble against the Cardinals

Straight talk: As the first player from Marist to be drafted — and a seventh-rounder — Fede not only stuck around but played 15 games his second season.

It’s his third season, 2016, that represented a downward trend.

Fede was inactive for seven games last year and finished with just 14 tackles on a team that finished 30th against the run. He was in on only 15 percent of the defensive snaps.

The Dolphins did drop Mario Williams but added William Hayes to the mix at end. More significantly, they used their first-round draft pick to address the position, taking Missouri’s Charles Harris. Plus, with Cameron Wake and Andre Branch back, there’s not much hope Fede will see more snaps in 2017 without major improvement.

Prospects for 2017

Fede figures to compete with Julius Warmsley — a bit of a phenom in training camp last year — for a backup job at end. Interestingly enough, Fede was one of the players GM Chris Grier singled out when asked about his defensive ends, which can’t be a bad thing for him.

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