Miami Dolphins Suh Backup Kicker?

Miami Dolphins Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach Darren Rizzi has named a backup kicker for the team and quite shockingly, it’s not punter Matt Darr.

The kicker who will be replacing Andrew Franks should he befall injury in 2017 is 6’4, 305-pound defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Before the Dolphins Final Minicamp practice on Thursday which started at 10:25 a.m., Suh had a television interview on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football where he divulged this very interesting detail.

“It’s funny. Coach Rizz has named me the second kicker in command in case something happens to Franks,” said Suh. “So every now and then, I’ll kick here in OTA’s or regular camp, and get us out of the meetings or something of that nature. So we definitely have fun with it here in Miami.”

This is no new task for the 4-time First-Team All-Pro/5-time Pro Bowler. Back in 2010 when he was with the Detroit Lions, Suh was named backup field-goal kicker and won a friendly Training Camp kicking competition. He booted a 30-yarder that allowed the defense an early exit from practice and forced the offense to run sprints. More famously or infamously (depending on how you look at it), in Week 9 of that season, Suh was placed in an emergency situation when Lions kicker Jason Hanson got injured, and  missed an extra point in the 3rd quarter of a close game against the Jets. This kick would’ve put the Lions up 14-10. The Lions went on to lose against the Jets in overtime 23-20, and Suh is still bitter about it to this day.

“I want to revenge that kick against the Jets back in the day,” he said jokingly. “But I want a real opportunity sometime soon.”

The Dolphins play the Jets twice every season, so he’ll get his chances this year and the remaining years left on his contract. It may not be as a kicker, but I’m sure Ndamukong Suh will find other ways to get revenge on the Jets. *cough cough* Brice Petty Sandwich.


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