The Dolphins already have one of the NFL’s best Canadian Football League success stories in Cameron Wake, who has 70 sacks in seven seasons in Miami. Cleyon Laing, 25, is trying to become the next, but he faces an uphill climb at a stacked position.
Laing had 15 sacks in 35 CFL games for Toronto over three seasons, then picked the Dolphins over offers from a handful of other NFL teams, including the Jets.
His only previous NFL experience was a brief summer stint with the Raiders after being undrafted out of Iowa State, where he had a nondescript college career (3.5 sacks in four seasons).
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“He’s doing a fine job,” said defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who was impressed with Laing when he worked out for the Dolphins earlier this offseason. “He’s rushing hard. He’s playing hard. Evaluation is going to come more in training camp when pads are on.”
Laing, Chris McCain and Terrence Fede are competing for what could be one job, and there might not be room for any of them if Dion Jordan is reinstated from NFL suspension.
Unless Jordan is moved to linebacker, he would give Miami five defensive ends, along with Wake, Mario Williams, Andre Branch and Jason Jones, who said he also can play tackle.
Laing said he was more of a tackle in the CFL but has played only end for the Dolphins. “There has been some discussion [about tackle] but I don’t want to push too much,” he said. “I’m one of the biggest defensive ends we have. I’m close to 300 pounds.”
Laing said Wake has been helpful: “He’s definitely kind of shown me the ropes a little bit.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Two weeks after being cleared following a devastating knee injury that had sidelined him for more than a year, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was back on the sideline this week.
“There wasn’t a setback with him,” coach Adam Gase said. “We want to make sure he feels as good as he possibly can going into camp. I keep telling him this: ‘You’ve already won.’ Everybody said he would never step on the field again. The fact he participated in OTAs in practice, he won right there.
“Right now, he’s playing with house money. We’re going to see a guy that’s going to turn it loose in training camp. He was showing great signs.”
▪ Gase said the injury that has kept receiver DeVante Parker out of team drills for more than a week is not to his feet. Parker has had two procedures on his feet in past years. The Dolphins have said the undisclosed injury is not serious.
▪ Gase said he has no idea whether safety Reshad Jones would attend next week’s mandatory three-day minicamp. Jones has stayed away from the voluntary portion of offseason practices because he’s protesting his contract.
▪ Gase was asked whether there are any drawbacks to having such a young team. “I don’t know if there really is,” he said. “Unless a guy is hurt, you’re not worried about taking it easy on guys. Almost everybody is under 25. They can run all day. They seem to recover a lot faster.”
▪ Kraig Urbik said the Dolphins are splitting right-guard snaps pretty evenly among himself, Billy Turner, Dallas Thomas and Jamil Douglas. Jermon Bushrod, who had offseason shoulder surgery, remains limited.