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No joke: Anthony Steen is the Miami Dolphins’ starting center

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The Anthony Steen media availability Monday was a surreal six minutes.

There was Steen, with zero regular-season snaps in his NFL career, holding court with some two-dozen members of the media in the Dolphins’ locker room.

And since there was such a demand for the backup offensive lineman, he stood on a scale so everyone could see him.

Two takeaways from a press conference that was simply bizarre.

1. Steen weighs in at 312.5 pounds — in cleats.

2. When Dolphins coaches asked him if he could play center, the career guard thought they were joking:

“I was like, ‘Uh, I don’t know,’” Steen said with a laugh. “And then they started giving me reps I thought it was more of just seeing what I could do. I didn’t actually think I would playing center, but it’s a good thing.”

No doubt. His versatility might have earned him a Week 1 start. It’s likely earned him a job.

Steen is the plan at center with Pouncey out at least the next two weeks with a hip injury. And if Pouncey isn’t ready for the opener in Seattle, Steen is the plan then, too.

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey talks about the teams first day in full pads at training camp at their facility in Davie.

Steen, who played collegiately at Alabama and had a cup of coffee with the Arizona Cardinals, has never been on a game-day NFL roster. And yet, he will be in charge of calls at the line of scrimmage when the Dolphins face the Falcons in Orlando on Thursday.

The best advice he’s gotten from Dolphins coaches?

“Just to be calm,” Steen said. “You’ve got time. Yesterday he told me you’ve got all the time in the world to make calls, not to be nervous about it.”

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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