Barry Jackson

He weighs 300 lbs. and is the Dolphins' defensive star. And he might be backup kicker

Dolphins defensive lineman coach Terret Williams and Ndamukong Suh (93) at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, FL, August 28, 2017.
Dolphins defensive lineman coach Terret Williams and Ndamukong Suh (93) at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, FL, August 28, 2017. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

The scene almost required a double-take Tuesday:

Ndamukong Suh lining up and kicking a 33-yard extra point. That lining up and trying another kick from 39 yards. And then, later in practice, attempting another 33-yarder.

For the record, Suh made the first 33-yarder, missed the second 33-yarder and made the 39-yarder.

And if an injury ever prevented kicker Andrew Franks from finishing a game, it appears Suh is the backup plan.

“Everybody knew he could kick,” Jordan Phillips said. “I think he's our second-team kicker. I don't know. The man can kick.”

Asked if Suh is in fact the Dolphins’ No. 2 kicker if ever needed, Adam Gase said: “Yeah, I mean, I don’t think we have another choice.”

Did the Dolphins go hard against the Eagles Thursday? Ndamukong Suh knows no other speed.

PHILLIPS MAKES PROGRESS

Phillips, surpassed by rookie Davon Godchaux earlier in camp, appears very much in the mix to start, in a competitive battle with Godchaux. Both have been rotating in with the starters.

Asked if he has received more first team snaps in recent days, Phillips said: “Yeah. We're still doing the same thing we've been doing.”

Asked if he believes he still can win the starting job, Phillips said: “That was never a question in my mind. So yeah....I felt like this was my best preseason, training camp, everything. I've been sticking to the grind.”

So where has he improved?

“I'm just playing harder, honestly,” he said. “Everything is coming together.”

Phillips said losing 19 pounds, from 347 earlier this offseason to 328 now, has helped.

“I feel good, that's all that matters,” he said. “This offseason I came in heavy at 347. Training camp out here you're going to lose weight. It wasn't hard [to lose weight]. I knew it was going to come off. My joints are a little bit better. Moving around well. Can play longer faster.”

Defensive end Williams Hayes said since Phillips was moved to the second team, “it made him compete a little harder and he had to earn spot back. And that's what this league is about. Everyday, you have to prove yourself. Since then, he's been a total different football player. Working a lot harder.”

• Linebacker Neville Hewitt (shoulder), Thomas Duarte (concussion) and running back Sinorise Perry (knee) were sidelined Tuesday.

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