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Miami Dolphins LB Mike Hull fighting to keep hold on starting spot

Miami Dolphins linebacker Mike Hull at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Rey Maulauga was sitting a few lockers away from Mike Hull this week, explaining, as any veteran would, how he wants to be the Miami Dolphins’ starting linebacker.

At another moment, the rookie who was supposed to start at middle linebacker, Raekwon McMillan, was crossing in front of Hull as he tried to retrieve some things from his locker. McMillan will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

It seems as tough and scrappy and hard-nosed as Hull is, as relentless as he is on special teams, there is skepticism about if Hull, 6-feet, 232 pounds, can be an effective starting linebacker in the NFL.

When you’re undrafted, that’s where the skepticism can start.

When you’re undersized, that’s where the skepticism can compound.

Hull has heard it all. He’s also thought a lot about opportunity. About how an injury can happy at any time. About how an opportunity to start can disappear at any time.

And so if Hull starts in the season opener against Tampa Bay, which certainly is possible, he plans to put every ounce of effort into not only his special teams reps, but …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post