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Miami Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga reaches target weight

Rey Maualuga can’t say if he’ll play in Miami’s opener. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

DAVIE — When Rey Maualuga joined the Miami Dolphins, he indicated he needed to lose more than 10 pounds.

“I think I’m there,” Maualuga said of hitting his target weight on Monday. “Obviously it’s not that hard to shed weight in this humidity. We Samoans, tend to be be big-boned. It’s coming.”

Maualuga did not play in Miami’s preseason finale at Minnesota, in order to focus on conditioning. He feels ready to play in Sunday’s season-opener against Tampa Bay.

“I feel good,” Maualuga said. “I feel great. Keep doing what I need to do in order to get on that field. Obviously I can’t control what coaches say. Or how much he puts me out there. But I’m just going to keep preparing as if I am going to play. But at the end of the day it’s coaches’ decision whether I suit up or not.”

Maualuga said he did more in practice in Monday than he did in any day since his arrival.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said he envisions ramping up Maualuga’s snaps as the season progresses.

On Monday, when asked if the plan is to start Maualuga, Gase …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post