Friday, July 11, 2014

Misi looks forward to watching Delmas 'lay the hats'


After posting numbers comparable to his impressive rookie season, 27-year-old safety Louis Delmas joined a Miami secondary in need of a bit of a boost.

According to linebacker and teammate Koa Misi, his contribution has already been quite apparent.

"Lewis, Lewis, he's a high energy guy," Misi told The Finsiders recently. "I think that'll definitely bring something to our team this year. I told him to just be who he is and he'll help us just in that way.

"Just the energy that he brings to the team and to the field, that guy can definitely lay the hats. I'll be excited to watch that this year."

The six-year pro allowed just 43.7 percent of passes in his coverage to be completed last season, according to ProFootballFocus, on top of snagging three interceptions. His addition, along with former Pro Bowl cornerback Cortland Finnegan, adds a punch to a unit that finished as a middle-of-the-road coverage squad despite snagging nearly 20 total interceptions and allowing the third fewest receiving touchdowns.

The pair's leadership skills look like they'll come in handy, as well.

"One of the first days we were in here, [Cortland Finnegan] was in the defensive meeting room, him and Lewis Delmas, were going over the defense with one of the rookies," Misi said. "I thought that was cool. They just came to the team and they're already all working together, just those three in the room, drawing up plays and coverages."

If the two can stay healthy this season, their contributions, along with the stellar play of Brent Grimes, could yield an impressive backfield that mirrors an already potent front seven.

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