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Dolphins seventh-round pick Jason Sanders spoke to the South Florida media during the rookie minicamp. Here were some of his comments that stood out, along with some perspective:
“It’s an open competition, I believe. It all comes down to who comes out there and makes their kicks, who kicks farthest, and at the end of the day, who’s the most accurate.”
— Sanders will be competing with rookie free agent Greg Joseph for the chance to replace offseason departure Cody Parkey as the Dolphins placekicker, but he’s not assuming anything because the team spent a draft pick on him.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster of what the Miami Dolphins think of me. With that, I feel like I bring a lot of confidence into coming here.”
— Sanders was one of only two kickers selected in the 2018 NFL draft, the other being Minnesota Vikings fifth-round pick Daniel Carlson from Auburn. While it won’t guarantee him anything in the NFL, it’s nonetheless a source of pride for Sanders.
“I feel like I have one of the strongest legs coming out of the draft.”
— Sanders’ leg strength was particularly evident when it comes to kickoffs, as only 22 of his 132 kickoffs (16.7 percent) didn’t result in touchbacks over the past two seasons.
“I think a couple months ago I think I was pretty shocked of how everything fell in together. To see where I am now, I think it’s pretty crazy to think about.”
— Sanders didn’t even think about playing football, let alone reaching the NFL, as he started high school in Orange, California. That all changed after one of the football coaches suggested he give the sport a shot and try to follow his older brother as the team’s placekicker. It obviously turned out to be a good suggestion.