Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dan Campbell confident in Shelby's fill-in abilities

Losing a dynamic pass rusher like Cameron Wake is a devastating blow for any defense, especially one that's struggling to tally sacks.

But with every injury comes an opportunity for a backup to show off his abilities -- the case this week for fourth-year defensive lineman Derrick Shelby. 

Shelby has actually seen more time on the field this year for the Miami Dolphins than Wake, but he'll now be tasked with producing on passing downs and, perhaps most importantly, on third down.

Miami interim coach Dan Campbell spoke highly of the 26-year-old Wednesday, instilling confidence in the former Utah star.

"Shelby is one of those guys who, he is fundamentally sound and he’s an explosive athlete," Campbell said. "He’s not the speed rusher that Cam (Cameron Wake) is, but he’s going to go in there and do a nice job for us."


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