Miami Dolphins’ Stephone Anthony: I carry a chip on my shoulder

Nate Washington of the Houston Texans is tackled by Stephone Anthony of the New Orleans Saints in 2015. Anthony says he’s ready to help the Miami Dolphins. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

DAVIE — After flaming out after two seasons in New Orleans, the newest linebacker of the Miami Dolphins seems motivated.

“I don’t think you can be good at this game if you don’t carry a little bit of a chip on your shoulder,” Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony said Wednesday.

Anthony was shipped to Miami for a fifth-round pick. Because he was a first-round pick just three years ago, that would seem insulting.

“I’m not sure if it’s a fifth-round pick … it doesn’t matter honestly,” Anthony said. “This is about me and my new opportunity. I’m excited. What those guys have going on, it’s now their problem.”

The Saints do not have a good defense, so that they gave up on an outstanding athlete could seem alarming. But Saints coach Sean Payton has stated that while Anthony has explosiveness, he is prone to mistakes in diagnosing plays and knowing all his assignments.

Now Anthony has to learn Miami’s defense on the fly.

“You go from New Orleans to Miami in the blink of an eye, so the challenge for me is going to be to get in the playbook and get going and see where this thing goes,” Anthony said.

Asked about how the Dolphins help players who make mental errors, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said: “We’ll just kind go through our process and determine what we feel (Anthony) fits for us and the right way for us to coach him and teach him and kind of make our own assessment of how we want to use him.”

Why didn’t it work in New Orleans?

“I’m not real sure,” Anthony said. “Maybe those guys can give you some answers. I’m not real sure what happened or why it went wrong, but it is what it is. I’m blessed to be here.”

Anthony said he’s over a high ankle sprain that kept him out two weeks in New Orleans. And Anthony practiced Wednesday.

“I’m healthy,” he said. “Healthy, man. It was a long process, high ankle sprains are a little tricky, but I’m thankful I’m over with and feel good and ready to go.”

Gase indicated Anthony may play this week.

Anthony believes he can help.

“My size jumps off,” Anthony said. “I run well. I play in space. I’d like to think I’m a guy that can cover guys. I think my biggest asset is come in, know my role, understand my role and put my best foot forward. I think that’s my job right now.”

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