Size matters for Turner, Dolphins

By Adam Sweeney  |   Monday, May 11, 2009  |  Comments( 3 )

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The Miami Dolphins' Patrick Turner isn't going to confuse anyone for Randy Moss, but at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he can make things a lot easier for veteran quarterback Chad Pennington. No matter how high Ted Ginn Jr. can leap, he can't match the value of a tall receiver on third-down and red-zone situations.

Turner has impressed folks in Miami with his soft hands since the team made him a third-round pick in April's NFL draft. The ex-USC Trojan is not a burner (that's Ginn's job), but if he properly uses his size to box out the secondary and works on efficiently running routes, he could find himself getting plenty of time on the field in pressure spots.

Football is a simple game. Move the chains, dominate time of possession, limit turnovers and take advantage of red-zone opportunities. Do that and you usually win the games. Turner can help the Dolphins out in every one of those areas.

When you think of what Turner can do, try to imagine the pieces around him. If Ginn, Davone Bess or Greg Camarillo line up opposite him with Ronnie Brown in the backfield and Anthony Fasano at tight end, the defense has a lot of weapons to key on. That takes pressure off Turner, who thrived against single coverage at USC. Matched up versus a corner on an island, Pennington only needs to throw the ball up and let the taller Turner go get it. It's as simple as that.

The Dolphins aren't expecting the world from Turner; rather, they just want him to play within the system. With soft hands and size, Turner can do just that. That's why he's got a great chance to succeed in Miami.
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About Adam Sweeney

Adam Sweeney spent 4 years as an opinions and arts & entertainment columnist with the Lone Star Lutheran, also working with Sports Illustrated.com. Along with his work on Realfootball 365 he currently is a contributor for Film School Rejects, SLAM Online, Talkhoops.net, and C-Heads Magazine.
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