Bushrod Likes Gase's Vision For Dolphins
There's a little bit of the unknown for Jermon Bushrod as he embarks on a new career with the Miami Dolphins,Kelvin Benjamin Jersey but the veteran offensive lineman has no doubt this represented the best situation for him in free agency.
Bushrod has been a starting left tackle in the NFL for most of his nine seasons in the league, but with former Pro Bowl selection Branden Albert at that position on the Dolphins roster, Bushrod says he's willing to learn a new position.
"It's kind of like whatever needs to be done," Bushrod said in a conference call Friday afternoon. "I understand what they're bringing me in there for. I'm going to compete.Dick Butkus Jersey The good thing is I have an offseason to compete. I have an offseason to get used to different things, different positions, if need be. For the last nine years, I've been strictly a left tackle. I'm going to be out of my comfort zone trying to learn right and do this and do that. At the end of the day,Matthew Stafford Jersey I'll be learning, I'll be getting better and I'll find a way to contribute to this team."
Bushrod spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints after being a sixth-round pick in the 2007 draft. He became a full-time starter in 2009, a season that ended with the Saints winning the Super Bowl in the stadium Bushrod now will be calling home.
Published reports have indicated the Dolphins might see if Bushrod can handle playing guard, a position he has never played but says he played in practiced on occasion.
"You've just got to get your timing down and things like that,Peyton Manning Jersey" Bushrod said. "The fight happens a little sooner at guard, so I don't really see it being too tough of an obstacle. It's going to be hard, but playing in the NFL is hard. It's not an easy task, but I'm up for it."
The first order of business for Bushrod is getting back to full health after undergoing shoulder surgery in February.Marcus Mariota Jersey
After he started four games in 2015, the Chicago Bears released Bushrod with a failed physical designation.
Bushrod said he drew interest from other teams after being released by the Bears, but the Dolphins stood out for several reasons.
"They reached out, asking about the situation, asking about me," Bushrod said.DeForest Buckner Jersey "They thought it would benefit me to come down there and take a visit. Once I got down there, I like where they're going, I like what (Adam) Gase's vision is. I had a few teams interested, but this is a team they stepped up right here, right now. They wanted to work with me from the jump throughout the whole offseason instead of waiting for me to get healthy.Luke Kuechly Jersey I'm going to get healthy. They came out and they made their move now. I'm appreciative of that and I'm ready to get back."
Bushrod, who says he will be ready for training camp, has a history with new Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who was his offensive coordinator last season in Chicago.
Having seen Gase's work first-hand,Jay Cutler Jersey Bushrod has high hopes for what the Dolphins offense could accomplish in 2016 and beyond.
"I like the fact that Gase is there," Bushrod said. "Last year he was able to do a lot of good things with our offense. We were able to have some success. He's going to bring that fire, he's going to bring that energy. This is what this team needs and I think Gase is going to be a great leader.Taylor Decker Jersey And he's going to get guys in the right position. That's one thing that I liked when I saw last year. He put guys in the right position to make plays. I have to be excited about that because I was one in the system for one year. Hopefully we can grow and we can continue to get better here in Miami and get this thing rolling.
"This is a whole new situation for me. Last year was a whole new situation for me. I grew up a lot last year because when you're used to certain things and used to certain ways and you know your work ethic and you know how hard you get after it,T.Y. Hilton Jersey it's tough. But I'm going here to a new situation and I'm going to be open and I'm going to be ready for whatever. It's a good situation. It's Miami. I'm moving to better weather, the wife is happy. Everybody is good."