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Mike Pouncey expects big growth in his second year

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Mike Pouncey has kicked fast food.

The Dolphins center is entering his second NFL season without any help from Big Macs, Chalupas or anything else readily available around almost every corner of the country. Pouncey told Izzy Gould of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he’s hired a chef to help him maintain better nutrition. That’s just one of the reasons why Pouncey expects to take a step up the ladder in effectiveness this season.

“A big one. They say your second year is supposed to be your best year. I’m hoping for big things,” Pouncey said. “I’m coming out as hard as I can. I want to take on more of a leadership role this year.”

As Gould points out, Pouncey made the calls for the Dolphins line last season which makes you wonder what kind of leadership role he plans to take this year. Pouncey said that the lack of a full offseason last year made it hard to learn everything about the offense, something he said won’t be the case this season.

Pouncey is one of many 2011 rookies who has talked about the differences between this offseason and the one ruined by last year’s lockout. As training camp and the preseason get underway, it will be interesting to see if the extra work translates in bigger than expected gains from the 2011 rookie class.

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9 Responses to “Mike Pouncey expects big growth in his second year”
  1. elleclouds says: Jun 17, 2012 12:17 PM

    Great to hear. Go Gators and Dolphins!

  2. dangmalzone says: Jun 17, 2012 12:20 PM

    You wouldn’t know it by listening to the national media, but Mike is already better than his severely overrated twin. The perks of being a Steeler?

  3. laxcoach37 says: Jun 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    @dangmalzone I agree 100%! Mike Pouncey is much better than Maurkice and overlooked because of the national media bandwagon criticism of the Dolphins. He was not only a solid Center and one of the better ones in the entire NFL, but that is not even his natural position. He was a Guard! 3 1st Rounders on the Fins OLine now should really help a mediocre team greatly improve. Who knows we might even be able to let our TE’s become weapons and not have to stay in to Block all the time!!!

  4. nickster31 says: Jun 17, 2012 1:05 PM

    dangmalzone says: Jun 17, 2012 12:20 PM

    You wouldn’t know it by listening to the national media, but Mike is already better than his severely overrated twin. The perks of being a Steeler?

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    Seriously, take your Dolphin Homer glasses off. Mike is inferior to his brother, hence the 2 X Pro Bowl selections. The Steelers line has SUCKED for the last few years, and Maurkice started the building process that is going to give the Steelers one of the best young lines in the NFL. Mike is average at best, and SHOULD have been moved to Guard, which is what the Steelers were going to do if they drafted him. Glad they didn’t because now with DeCastro, the Steelers interior is going to be one of the best in the NFL.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Jun 17, 2012 1:16 PM

    Don’t worry, Mike, I’ll eat enough for both of us.

  6. 305phinphan says: Jun 17, 2012 2:01 PM

    nickster31 says: Jun 17, 2012 1:05 PM

    Seriously, take your Dolphin Homer glasses off. Mike is inferior to his brother, hence the 2 X Pro Bowl selections. The Steelers line has SUCKED for the last few years, and Maurkice started the building process that is going to give the Steelers one of the best young lines in the NFL. Mike is average at best, and SHOULD have been moved to Guard, which is what the Steelers were going to do if they drafted him. Glad they didn’t because now with DeCastro, the Steelers interior is going to be one of the best in the NFL.

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    So since the Steelers drafted DeCastro the Steelers interior line is going to be one of the best in the NFL? You know this how when the kid has never taken a snap in the NFL? It sounds like to me the YOU SIR are the one who needs to take the homer glasses off!

  7. realtimeeyes says: Jun 17, 2012 5:08 PM

    @dangmalzone

    If Mike is better, then why was his brother drafted a year earlier?

  8. laxcoach37 says: Jun 17, 2012 7:57 PM

    @realtimeeyes

    If you are being serious, you should look up their story. The brothers were both standouts in Lakeland, FL and U of F. They had a tremendous role model in a Stepfather who took on the responsibility of 2 young boys in a time when some biological Fathers ignore doing so. Anyway, the Stepdad( although neither refer to him that way) got injured in a freak and serious Train/Railcar accident and lost his leg. Maurkice decided to leave the Gators early in his Jr. year for the draft to assist with the financial medical burden on his family. The success of both players is truly a FATHER’S DAY Story, even if we can’t all agree which guy is better.

  9. souldogdave says: Jun 18, 2012 6:41 AM

    If you’re in the NFL, surely you can do better than gross fast food.Yuck.

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