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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:07 pm 
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It looks like Soliai may be out until the bye ... but don't quote me on it;)

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The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent defensive tackle Marvin Austin, a possible indication that Paul Soliai could miss more time due to a knee injury sustained in Week 2.

Austin, a former second-round pick of the New York Giants, tried out with the team last week, but the Dolphins waited until Tuesday to sign him.

Despite being taken with the 52nd overall pick in 2011, Austin appeared in just eight games in two seasons with the Giants, logging five tackles.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:13 pm 
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The bye is coming at the right time for us with all the early season dings we have on defense.

Would be nice to come out of the bye with Solia, Wake and Patterson back. Not to mention the rookie DBs for depth.

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2011 NFL Draft Analysis (ESPN Insider)

What he brings: Austin's off-field issues and concerns about his maturity pushed him down the board, but as a football player he has rare initial quickness for his size. He can get into the backfield and has the lateral mobility to make plays when he gets there, though he could show better gap discipline at times as a run defender. Austin has all the physical tools to become a good interior pass-rusher as well.

How he fits: This looks a little bit like a luxury pick because the Giants have quality players at DT but Austin's upside is very intriguing. Barry Cofield could leave in free agency, but Chris Canty Rocky Bernard have signed new deals, so there is not a huge need. However, the Giants love a deep rotation on their DL and they look for matchups along the line that favor them, and Austin is an excellent one-gap penetrator. Any off-the-field issues will be addressed by a group of teammates that have very high character.

Production 3 2007: (12/3) 26 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks. 2008: (13/11) 38 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 blocked kick. 2009: 42 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF.

Height-Weight-Speed 2 Is shorter than the average DT but has prototypical bulk and elite speed for the position. Hands (10 1/4 inches) are bigger than average but arms (32 5/8) are on the shorter side.

Durability 2 Played in all 38 games during three seasons at UNC. Was limited during 2008 spring practices because of a hamstring strain.

Intangibles 4 Questionable work ethic and maturity. Will take longer to process things than most. Did not start in two games in 2009 due to coaches' decision. Also was suspended and dismissed from team in 2010 for improper dealings with an agent.


Versus the Run 2 Has a quick first step and can penetrate when working one-gap responsibility. While he can quickly get into the backfield, he's still developing in terms of finding the ball and finishing plays. Shows good balance and strength to win most one-on-one battles. Possesses excellent lateral mobility to work down the line and get involved in play outside of the tackles. However, he needs to play with a more consistent pad level when taking on double teams. Also will turn shoulders at times when he doesn't win initially and he typically winds up getting washed down the line in those instances.

Pass Rush Skills 2 Still developing as a pass rusher at this point. Has the strength to get good push with bull rush and collapse the pocket from inside. Also flashes an effective spin move. However, often plays too high and did not show ability to split double team during film study. Closing burst is good and can get to QB when having a clear run. Can sniff out screen and redirect to get involved in play.

Quickness (hands/feet) 1 Very good short-area quickness for size. Shows nimble on feet. Has a quick first step but can improve snap anticipation. Quick hands and uses them well in combat to discard blocks. Possesses excellent range for position and has good lateral quickness when executing defensive line twists.

Toughness/Motor 3 Motor is inconsistent and can disappear throughout the course of games. Has good stamina and will make some effort plays that most DTs can't. He is at his best on the move and will flash some pursuit effort that really impresses. But when you really study his effort, the times he starts to quit on plays are almost always when he loses the initially and is not able to stay on the move. His effort when double-teamed is generally poor.

1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal


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Why not AJ Francis i wonder?


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never heard of him but great signing.

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I'm sure his ethics will change...just like Pacman Jones and Aldon SMith's has....


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FINesse wrote:
never heard of him but great signing.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:36 pm 
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FINesse wrote:
never heard of him but great signing.

Really? The guy was a stud at UNC. I hope getting cut did something for him. Austin can be a NFL stud if he applies himself.


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FINesse wrote:
never heard of him but great signing.

Really? The guy was a stud at UNC. I hope getting cut did something for him. Austin can be a NFL stud if he applies himself.


Kacy Rodgers is the perfect coach for him.

That said, I'm not getting my hopes up.


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Dphins4me wrote:
FINesse wrote:
never heard of him but great signing.

Really? The guy was a stud at UNC. I hope getting cut did something for him. Austin can be a NFL stud if he applies himself.


Kacy Rodgers is the perfect coach for him.

That said, I'm not getting my hopes up.


I loved the kid at UNC, I was surprised he didn't pan out.

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Kev1321 wrote:
Why not AJ Francis i wonder?

He is not that good?


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What I mean is that even though I never heard of him , who can cast doubt on any moves this front office will make. All seem pretty good up to this point.

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Dphins4me wrote:
FINesse wrote:
never heard of him but great signing.

Really? The guy was a stud at UNC. I hope getting cut did something for him. Austin can be a NFL stud if he applies himself.



Hey, if he has a crappy attitude he isn't going to make it with Coughlin.

Soliai had some laziness issues and he worked through them his first few years. If he can get his head together Austin could be a very nice steal for us.

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Dphins4me wrote:
FINesse wrote:
never heard of him but great signing.

Really? The guy was a stud at UNC. I hope getting cut did something for him. Austin can be a NFL stud if he applies himself.


I have. He terrorized FSU's backfield for two years while at UNC, then got stripped of his eligibility due to academic fraud and the whole fiasco that got Butch Davis fired.

He's got the tools to play in the NFL. His biggest problem is his work ethic. Let's hope he can push past that.

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Isn't he already an acorn? The Fins will turn him into an oak...

Or am I messing up Ireland's analogy.


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Kev1321 wrote:
Why not AJ Francis i wonder?


It would have made more sense to keep AJ Francis than Vaughn Martin.

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