With the start of training camp, we break down every position, with its strengths and weaknesses, as well as which players figure to be on the 53-man roster. What follows is a look at the linebacker position.

The offensive and defensive lines usually got mentioned first when observers analyzed the biggest question marks on the Dolphins as they headed into training camp.

But the feeling here is that it's the linebacker spot that is the biggest cause for concern.

In the middle, Zach Thomas is a given. He will sacrifice his body like he always does and rack up tackles game after game. But he has been nicked up from time to time the last couple of years, and that has to be a concern for the Dolphins.

At outside linebacker, the Dolphins think 2001 third-round pick Morlon Greenwood can take a big leap after he started most of his rookie season. While Greenwood has the athletic ability and he did have his moments last year, assuming he'll develop into a star in 2002 is a much bigger projection than in the case of Chris Chambers, another second-year player.

On the other side, the Dolphins feel very comfortable with veteran Derrick Rodgers. He has won the team's leadership award each of the last two seasons, and he plays as hard as anybody on the team.

But on the downside, Rodgers hasn't delivered many big plays in recent years.

The real concern at this position, however, concerns the depth.

The Dolphins entered training camp with Scott Galyon, Twan Russell and Tommy Hendricks as the top backups, and it's fair to say that all three of them are still in the NFL at this point because of their special teams prowess.

All three of them have played on defense at times for the Dolphins, and the productivity at linebacker has dropped off when there have been injuries.

Many observers were clamoring for the Dolphins to pick up another linebacker during the offseason, but they concentrated their efforts elsewhere.

While you can't argue with the additions of guys like Ricky Williams and Rob Burnett and Leon Searcy, the Dolphins indeed should have added some depth at linebacker.

It's one of those positions where there isn't any competition for the starting jobs, and perhaps there should be.

The Dolphins also have a couple of young linebackers on the roster, but they are all long shots to make the team. The one guy to keep an eye on would be rookie free agent Justin Seaverns, who has impressed the Dolphins with his intensity.

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