DAVIE — The Dolphins did well sifting through undrafted free agents last season and found six that were good enough to play for them. That group included linebacker Chase Allen, who was an opening day starter.
This year, Miami signed a dozen or so rookies after the draft, and a few of them have already turned up in offseason work. Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said cornerback Jalen Davis, linebacker Mike McCray and linebacker Cayson Collins have all made an impression during their first few weeks on the field.
“We’ve had a couple of years in a row now where we’re getting the right type of (undrafted) guys that are putting the work in,” Burke said, crediting general manager Chris Grier and his scouting staff. “So I have no complaints with any of those guys, the work ethic, and what they’re trying to do out there. The nature of a rookie, they’re going to have some plays and they’re going to have some flubs and we’ve got to work through those.”
Davis, from Utah State, has been one of the most consistent rookies over the first eight practices between Organized Team Activities and minicamp. He’s looked good working outside and against slot receivers.
McCray (Michigan) and Collins (North Carolina) have both picked things up quickly at linebacker, where the Dolphins badly need to establish depth behind starters Raekwon McMillan and Kiko Alonso. The third starter looks like it will be third-round pick Jerome Baker or Stephone Anthony.
“The linebackers, they’ve all had their moments,” Burke said. “I’ve probably dog-cussed them all a couple of times, but they’ve all had their moments. Mike McCray had a pick yesterday… Cayson is actually showing a little bit of ability to absorb some things. He’s got some savvy about him and stuff.”
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