As the Miami Dolphins get set to embark on the 2020 football season, one of their newest acquisitions is excited about where the team is headed.
Linebacker Kyle Van Noy was signed by Miami in free agency. Agreeing to a four-year $51 million contract with Miami, he looks to be a key veteran on the defense. Reuniting with head coach Brian Flores, the familiarity between the two could pay off.
He joins a linebacker unit that also includes the likes of Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker. With the overhaul that teams like the Patriots have undergone this offseason, the Miami Dolphins are in a position to succeed.
With a good mix of veteran and younger talent at the linebacker position, this has the potential to be a very strong unit.
In speaking with the media on Monday, Van Noy indicated that he was excited and ready to go.
KVN: 'we're hungry. we want to get better during this training camp, this grind period. you get to see what this team is all about. this is the time to lay the foundation–with this young group of guys, it's fun. rejuvenated. LETS GO"
— josh houtz (@houtz) August 17, 2020
Van Noy brings consistency to Miami Dolphins
The linebacker is not going to put up Pro Bowl-type of numbers this season, that is not his game. He is a fundamentally sound player. He can fill the gaps, and make solid tackles. A smart player who always knows where the ball is, he should be able to provide a spark.
One of the things that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Flores did in New England was have their linebackers play aggressively. I would expect that style of play from Van Noy. He is the type of player that can disrupt a play as it develops out of the backfield. He may not always get the sack, but he will be able to get in the offense’s head a bit.
It will be interesting to see how Van Noy makes his mark in his first season with Miami. The reconnection with Flores could prove fruitful for both parties.