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Buccaneers DT Ndamukong Suh teaches Dolphins' rookie guards tough lessons during joint practice

Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Football

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ndamukong Suh traditionally has a take-no-prisoners approach to practices and games, consistently showcasing the violent tendencies that have made him a five-time Pro Bowler, even when it's against his own teammates.

Just imagine what he does to people and players he doesn't care about.

That's why the Dolphins' joint practices this week, and Friday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should help speed up the development of Miami rookie guards Michael Deiter and Shaq Calhoun, who are holding onto the Dolphins' starting guard spots.

"The first snap I look up and Ndamukong Suh is standing there," Deiter said, shaking his head side to side. "That's Ndamukong Suh! Are we sure we're ready to do this?"

They weren't.

"It's good seeing Suh, good to see he's still doing Suh things," left tackle Laremy Tunsil said. "Everybody knows what Suh does."

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He wrecks practices and games, and that was evident very early Tuesday.

The Dolphins' start to the first day of joint practices was a rough for the first-team offensive line, which allowed three sacks and committed a false start in a span of four plays during the 11-on-11 portion of practice.

"I think that's something we need some improvement on," coach Brian Flores said when asked about the offensive line's struggles. "I thought that was evident. (Buccaneers defensive coordinator) Todd (Bowles) does a great job defensively. He's got a myriad of schemes. It's what we're going to have to deal with. I think we could have done a better job there."

Miami will get a another chance to make a better impression against Suh and the Buccaneers defense during Wednesday's joint practice, and Friday's game, which will be played at Raymond James Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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