Odd that the Dolphins first depth chart of the preseason listed Randy Starks and Jared Odrick together as co-first string defensive tackles. Coincidence that any battle for position there stalled Thursday and Friday because neither participated fully. In fact Starks wasn’t present all Friday after he and Odrick were in orange partial-participation shorts Thursday. Odrick would only say he “I’m planning on doing everything as planned” for playing in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against Dallas. Unlike some other NFL teams including the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl champion Giants the Dolphins don’t address training camp injuries. Last year in the Dolphins malleable 4-3 Starks started every game either at either defensive tackle (12 games) or left defensive end (four). Odrick started the 12 games at left defensive end that Starks began at defensive tackle. This year the Dolphins decided to give second-year defensive end Olivier Vernon a shot as the other pass rushing bookend to Cameron Wake at least until 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan shows he can handle that job. Both money and performance staple Wake and defensive tackle Paul Soliai to their spots. That leaves Odrick and Starks in one spot. “They’re both good athletes they both have a little bit different style” coach Joe Philbin said. “Randy has very good power he holds the point very well and he’s got good pass rush ability. JO’s a little bit quicker a little bit different style of a player inside maybe a little bit quicker on the move in terms of penetrating a gap and those type of things but very similar players.” Speaking of money Starks signed his franchise tender and will make $8.45 million this year before becoming a free agent in the offseason. Odrick a first-round pick in 2010 got his big hunk of money in signing bonus. He’ll make $700000 and $765000 in base salary in the last two seasons of his first contract.
Dolphins Starks, Odrick facing off for first-string spot
Miami Herald | Aug 3