The Miami Dolphins have been incredibly busy this offseason, and one of their additions is defensive back DeShon Elliot.
The young defender recently spoke with members of the press and discussed how excited he is to go against his new teammates in practice.
"Practice is going to be fun," new Dolphins safety DeShon Elliott said of facing the Miami offense, which he got a glimpse of prep for last year in Detroit, although he was out for that game.
Elliott said he knows he's going to have to compete for starts, playing time.
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Elliott, who turns 26 in April, appeared in 14 games with 13 starts for the Detroit Lions last season. He recorded 96 combined tackles with five tackles for loss, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
He wasn’t able to suit up for a game between his former team and current squad last season. Still, it has to be an exciting — yet intimidating — challenge to try to prepare for the Dolphins offense.
Opposing defenders mostly have to worry about the team’s passing game. The three-headed monster of Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Tua Tagovailoa was in full effect when all three players took the field together last season, and each player put up career numbers in some key statistics.
With one full season together under their belt, there’s surely an expectation that all three offensive stars will be able to take their games to new heights in the upcoming campaign.
The offense showed an ability to be elite week in and week out last season, but the defense struggled. After being a strength for the team during the Brian Flores era, the unit took a step back in head coach Mike McDaniel’s first year.
The hope is that things will improve on that side of the ball with the additions of many defensive free agents and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
That is one of the reasons why the Dolphins are seen as a team that is very much on the rise.
The Dolphins have been incredibly active in free agency this offseason, but it seems likely that they are now starting to wind down. The simple reason for that is that there just aren’t that many impactful players left on the market. Now, Miami is likely turning most of its focus over to the 2023 NFL Draft.
Though the Dolphins don’t have many picks in this year’s affair, fans can rest assured that no less work will go into preparing for the draft. It’s certainly possible that Miami uses a portion of its picks to further bolster the defensive unit.