DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins traded a fifth-round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Stephone Anthony earlier this season, but he’s been inactive the last four games, after dressing against the Saints in London.
Lawrence Timmons, Kiko Alonso and Rey Maualuga are Miami’s starters. Mike Hull and Chase Allen are key special teams contributors.
So where does that leave Anthony, the former first-round pick?
“Every decision we make, in terms of game-day actives, are sort of a big-picture, team thing,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday. “And where all those guys fit in. Steph’s done a good job, he really has. He’s big and can run. He’s been learning the system. We’ve settled him in a little bit. We’re trying to give him a couple spots where if for some reason we got him up on game day, we would have a role for him.”
Burke said Anthony has a good mindset.
“He’s a really energetic kid,” Burke said. “He’s happy to be here. He’s just waiting for his opportunity. But he looks good. He’s a big dude that can run. So you know he’s out there. You see him a lot mostly on the scout team stuff.”
Burke said Anthony has simulated Raiders pass-rusher Bruce Irvin this week.
“Be an end, be a linebacker,” Burke said. “They move him around because he’s such a versatile athlete. We’re trying to work him in and find a spot where we can get him going. We’ve been playing him mostly at SAM linebacker, behind Lawrence Timmons. He feels good. He’s done a good job. So I actually said to him the other day, because you worry as a coach, with him getting frustrated, having been traded. I was like, ‘Hey man, your time is going to come.’ And he’s like, ‘I’m good coach. I’m ready when you call on me.’ So his attitude has been great. He’ll have a chance at some point to perform and contribute for us.”
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