For all the splash moves and acquisitions that the Dolphins made in free agency and then followed it up with the NFL Draft in late April, one name that may be needed to be mentioned more as training camp nears, is DE Robert Quinn.
The Fins didn’t sign or draft Quinn. They actually acquired him from the Rams in a March trade that shocked everyone, and mostly the pass rushing star. Quinn thought he was going to stay as a fixture in L.A. with their defensive line, while they contended for the Superbowl in 2018.
Alas, the Rams didn’t agree and earlier this offseason Quinn expressed his distaste to the Miami media with “you commit yourself to someone and you have your family turn your back on you.”
Perhaps, L.A. was turning their back on him. Perhaps, they understood that $11 million this year that Quinn’s previous production didn’t warrant bringing him back.
Whatever the truth is, Quinn is now a Dolphin. And, he’s anxious to “get after it” in South Florida.
Oh, and Miami defensive coordinator Matt Burke was raving about what Quinn has looked like in the Dolphins off season workouts. Joe Schad of the Palm Beach post had more late last week:
You can’t just be fast. You can’t just be strong. You have to know how to contort your body. And contort Quinn does.
“He’s a unique athlete,” Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said. “He bends probably as good as anybody I’ve ever been around. It’s weird to watch sometimes, to be honest with you. He comes off the corner and sometimes you think he’s actually rushing too high and gets past the quarterback, then he just turns his foot and plants it and bends it. His knee is about two feet off the ground and he can really hug it. It’s pretty fun.”
Quinn will turn 28 in May and had 8.5 sacks a year ago under new first defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, as the Rams won the NFC West Title. The Rams star had battled injuries over the last three seasons, as well.
He will definitely command attention this fall, and mixing with second year DE, and last year’s first round pick, Charles Harris, along with former Pro Bowler Cam Wake, Quinn adds another needed pass rushing option for the Dolphins.
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