Whitticker Is New Guard

As predicted by DolphinDigest.com, the new addition on the offensive line is former Green Bay Packers starter Will Whitticker. After being drafted in the seventh round by Green Bay last year, Whitticker started 14 games as a rookie. But he was waived this year in part because he didn't fit the mold (smaller, quicker) of offensive lineman the new Packers coaching staff wanted.

It also didn't help that Whitticker sustained a hamstring injury in training camp.

One thing about Whitticker, he certainly is big, at 6-5, 330 pounds.

He also has a history with Coach Nick Saban, who recruited him to Michigan State. Saban, however, left for LSU before Whitticker played his first game with the Spartans.

Whitticker took the place of Bennie Anderson, who, as expected, was placed on injured reserve one day after having surgery to repair a torn triceps tendon.

Whitticker was among the offensive linemen who had workouts with the Dolphins in the last couple of weeks.

"It's great to be back," Whitticker said. "I've been sitting around the last couple of weeks. I had a couple of workouts. I came here, and I also went to New York (Jets). Not being picked up, it was hard, especially after playing last year. I have veteran experience, and I'm not high on the salary cap. But it wasn't for me at the time. They were looking for a center. It's unfortunate that Bennie had to go down, but they called me."

Whitticker will become the main backup at guard as long as Joe Berger continues to nurse his mid-foot sprain.

In case you're wondering what would happen should center Rex Hadnot get hurt, Whitticker would move in at right guard and new starter Kendyl Jacox would slide inside at center.

"I'm just happy to be back," Whitticker said Wednesday. "After having to go through the injury and being out all of training camp, it was hard. It's the first day I've hit since August 4. I do feel healthy."

Saban, for his part, said the goal now was to try to get Whitticker ready to contribute as quickly as possible.

"We'll do as much as we can to get him ready as quickly as we can," Saban said. "You guys like those hypothetical questions and if I had a crystal ball I would have signed a guy who could have got ready quickest -- just looked in there and said sign this guy. You do the best you can with every guy and try to get him ready. Hopefully we will get him ready.

"He has some experience. Hopefully he will be able to pick up on it quickly. He was in camp this year, so that is probably helpful to his conditioning and his readiness as well."


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