DAVIE — Lawrence Timmons was a long-time middle linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and because he’s been seeing a lot of time at outside linebacker, it seemed a good time to ask what, if anything, is good about playing outside.
“I play both, so it doesn’t matter to me,” Timmons said Saturday after the Miami Dolphins’ third training camp practice. “I gotta be a flexible player, play both. In the middle, you’re in the scrum more. On the outside you’re free, you get to run around. That’s the difference.”
So, Timmons, a 10-year NFL veteran, sees the freedom to run around as a potential advantage.
Timmons would, of course, play closer to the middle of the field when he and Kiko Alonso (last year’s middle linebacker) are the only linebackers on the field.
Coach Adam Gase specifically mentioned that Timmons and Alonso have provided really nice pass coverage underneath when they are on the field.
When linebacker Raekwon McMillan is on the field, the rookie seems a good bet to line up in the middle.
“I feel like he’s very young, but he’s willing to come to work every day,” Timmons said of McMillan. “He doesn’t say much, but he listens, which is major for him. He’s going about it the right way and I’m just waiting to see his success.”
Timmons feels Miami’s well-paid and talented defensive line should help create more opportunities for big plays.
“I feel like we got one of the best D-lines in football,” he said. “You got (Cameron) Wake. You got (Ndamukong) Suh, best D-tackle ever. (Andre) Branch and I have been going crazy. We got a lot of players. It’s going to be fun. We’re still trying to develop and get better at the same time.”
Timmons saw the Dolphins up close twice last season. He helped the Steelers beat the Dolphins in a home playoff game.
And he was also at Hard Rock Stadium for a road regular-season loss.
Timmons memorably vomited in Miami.
“I haven’t thrown up yet,” Timmons said Saturday. “So far, so good. I’m enjoying it. Third day of camp, still trying to get acclimated, the heat is kind of serious. But having fun, though.”
Timmons had an interception off a tip by Xavien Howard on Saturday. Timmons took off before lateraling to Bobby McCain, eliciting oohs-and-aahs from the packed stands of Dolphins fans.
“It was fun,” Timmons said. “Coach Gase makes it fun for us, very youthful here. It’s just fun out there. It’s like high school all over again.”
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