Originally written on Phins Phocus  |  Last updated 11/15/14

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Jared Odrick from Penn State holds up a Miami Dolphins jersey after the Dolphins selected Odrick number 28 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)



Each week, as a way of bringing out the best in the Miami Dolphins, I plan on featuring a player the fans can be proud about.

This week, Jared Odrick is the guy that captures my attention and I have big expectations for not only in Houston later today, but throughout the season.

With size compared to almost like a Jason Seymour standing 6'5" 302 lbs, Odrick is a beast for any offensive line pushing from any defensive line position.  

While, Odrick missed much of his first season with a broken fibula in practice, his first game versus the Buffalo Bills showed some promise contributing right away with a tackle.However, with his season cut short, Odrick was automatically labeled a bust and injury prone in the eyes of most Dolfans.  

However, last season with a clean bill of health and more comfort within the defense, Odrick flourished in the Mike Nolan coached defense with a share of sacks out of the DE position.
Odrick recorded 6 sacks, 22 tackles, and 1 forced fumble.  Not to mention an awesome sack dance that brought us all back to our childhoods with the Pee Wee Herman Tequila scene dance.

Last season Odrick came up big providing support in the areas of pass rush and stopping the run.

One particular reason for his dominance was the isolation of Cam Wake who was double teamed frequently and allowed Odrick a gap to make plays.

This season, if Jared Odrick can make plays on the new 4-3 defensive scheme employed by Dolphins defensive coach Kevin Coyle, then Dolfans will hear Odrick's name for good reasons: sacks and tackles.

Despite the terrible start the Dolphins defense has had this preseason, it's now time for the players on the defense to show the physical side that this defense has been known for.  Going into his third season,

Odrick needs to show he can be that guy that will be consistent and be a leader of this defense.

Keep reading @Phins_Phocus and please follow us on Twitter!

Happy Dolphins Sunday! 

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Game of the week: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Yankees pay for education of slain officer's children

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

Brady: Edelman might be Pat's Most Dependable Player

Who can fight off the Golden State Warriors in the West?

NFL flexes Bengals-Steelers into 'Sunday Night Football' slot

Miami Dolphins electing to keep Joe Philbin a smart decision

Coughlin tells Beckham Jr to tone down TD celebrations

WATCH: Lynch ‘thanks the media for asking’ questions

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Game of the week: Lions vs. Packers

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Jets claim to be best 3-12 team ever

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.