Anderson Arrives Ready to Work

New Dolphins guard Bennie Anderson reported to camp Monday night after missing the start of training camp to be with his ailing mother. Anderson now is eager to show the Dolphins made the right move when they signed him in the offseason after he had been released by the Buffalo Bills.

Anderson indicated Tuesday that his mother had surgery in the morning, but that she was feeling better when the two talked the previous night.

Needless to say, this hasn't been an easy way for training camp to start for Anderson.

"It's difficult," Anderson said, "but similar things have happened to other players' careers, so you just have to move on."

At camp, Anderson's focus will be on learning the offense and trying to win the starting right guard job.

Anderson played for new offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey in Buffalo last season, but he was released in the offseason after a new coaching staff took over.

The move was somewhat surprising, considering Anderson started last season for the Bills after starting four years in Baltimore.

"Just wasn't good enough to play on their team, I guess," Anderson said when asked what happened in Buffalo. "Each coach likes different styles of play and my style of play didn't necessarily fit what they wanted."

The logical question, of course, is, just what kind of player is Anderson?

"I'm a physical player," he answered. "I'm not into position blocking or looking pretty. I'm more of a physical, in-your-face, from-snap-to-whistle type player."

Anderson said a couple of other teams were interested in his services after his release, but his sights were set on the Dolphins pretty much immediately.

His playing weight is listed at 6-5, 345, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he weighed a lot more than that right now.

Not that you'll get an answer from Anderson, though.

When asked about his weight, he replied, "No comment."

But Anderson is confident learning the offense won't be an issue.

"Offense is offense," he said. "It's just different calls -- not necessarily blocking schemes, but what you may call a certain block, that's the biggest thing. I think I'm really grasping onto the concept of the offense."


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