Branden Albert “fully, fully confident” he’ll be same player after ACL tear

AP

Left tackle Branden Albert avoided a stay on the physically unable to perform list at the start of Dolphins camp, which is a good development for the team’s offensive line since Albert tore his ACL last season and spent the offseason unsure about when he’d be able to resume football activities.

Albert said he also felt unsure about whether he’d be able to play football again immediately after the injury and remains unwilling to guarantee that he’ll be on the field for the first week of the regular season, but there is one thing he’s sure about as he makes his way toward the 2015 season.

“I’m fully, fully confident I’ll be the player I was,” Albert said, via the Miami Herald.

Albert said he’ll be concentrating on rebuilding strength in his leg in the early part of camp as he progresses from taking part in walkthroughs to full participation in the team’s practices. Assuming that progression happens in time for Week One, Ryan Tannehill should be able to breathe a bit easier with Albert protecting his blind side.

9 responses to “Branden Albert “fully, fully confident” he’ll be same player after ACL tear

  1. I hope he’s back to the player he used to be!!! We need Tannehill upright if we even have a shot at winning since Philbin won’t pull the trigger to get Mathis here!!!

  2. Evan Mathis is fool’s gold for the 2015 Dolphins. At best, his addition gets Miami into the playoffs and possibly a 1st Rd victory. Miami isn’t ready to contend for a championship though. The cost (likely 10M for a two year contract) wreaks havoc on the 2016 cap. Miami is already slightly over the cap for 2016, even with the current 9M carryover from 2015. They’ll need to cut or restructure contracts just to sign their rookie class, OV & Lamar Miller? So if you truly think Mathis is a necessary signing, go ahead and find the extra 10M of cap space that you’re prepared to eliminate from the 2016 roster.

  3. Mathis will be a necessary pick up when the mighty O line starts to crumble like it does every year. Even if not for anything else to back up. It is a big chunk to swallow but I’m pretty sure will have to be done, & some of those big contracts need to be restructured any way!!!

  4. Like Suh, pro bowl players make everyone around them better. The line was pretty good prior to him going down, and that was with D Thomas. College, and Satelle.

  5. He practiced with the starters and I heard Parker was on the sidelines working out w/o a boot.

  6. Fox is doing well at Left Tackle. I wouldn’t want to depend on him the entire season. But he should be fine for the first 3 or 4 games, and by then Albert should be ready. I don’t see them signing Mathis. I think they’re confident they have pretty good talent at guard. If pretty good is not good enough, then it will be pretty bad.

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