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Scout's Notebook: Miami OLG Richie Incognito

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By Nolan Nawrocki

Dolphins OLG Richie Incognito
Height: 6-3 1/4 Weight: 324 Speed: 4.98

Notes: Started readily as a redshirt freshman in 2002 at Nebraska at left tackle moving to center before a number of off-field incidents led to a suspensin in training camp in 2004. Transferred to Oregon but was ineligible to play and entered the draft early. Lit up the NFL Scouting Combine in '05, recording a 4.84 40-yard dash at 305 pounds and bench-pressing 225 29 times. Had to leave drills with a right knee injury. Despite possessing first-round talent, fell to the third round, where the Rams selected him 81st overall. Was placed on the non-football injury list as a rookie, but started all 16 games at three different positions in '06. Started four games in '07 before joining the injured reserve. Started 15 games in '08 at right guard, also seeing time at center. Was fined $35,000 for three separate incidents — a personal foul for repeatedly verbally abusing a game official, a facemask penalty and an illegal chop block — against the Redskins on Oct. 12, 2008. Started all nine games in which he played in '09 before being benched and cut on December 15, days after committing two personal foul penalties and engaging in a verbal confrontation with Steve Spagnuolo during a 47-7 loss to Tennessee. After being released, was fined $50,000 by the league for headbutting two Titans players. Miami and Buffalo submitted claims but was awarded to the Bills, where he started the final three games. The Dolphins signed him to a one-year contract on March 17, 2010. Started all 16 games for the Dolphins in '10 and signed a three-year contract following the season. Started the first four games at left guard in '11.

Positives: Looks the part with a solid, muscular build and carries his weight well. Outstanding base strength — can stop a blitzer in his tracks and is very seldom pushed backwards. Creates good extension, understands hand use and leverage and easily controls defenders in pass protection. Is athletic enough to recover when he gets out of position. Has strong hands and shock in his punch. Has a nasty streak and seeks to drive defenders into the dirt in the run game. Versatile and can play anywhere on the line.

Negatives: Is overaggressive — has a tendency to lunge, overextend and leave his feet ­and, in turn, spends more time on the ground than he should. Shows too many mental lapses letting defenders run free and can do a better job of recognizing and adjusting to the blitz. Does not consistently roll his hips and finish like he is capable of on the second level and too often gets caught in traffic pulling. Has not been able to control his temper in the past, draws flagrant foul penalties and requires a patient positional coach to keep him in line.

Summary
: A physically tough, intimidating run blocker capable of moving defenders off the line of scrimmage, Incognito has benefited from the steady presence of Tony Sparano in Miami, better channeling his aggression. Has earned a reputation as one of the NFL's nastiest loose cannons and will not back down from a challenge, but his history of transgressions, on and off the field, will always be cause for concern, and durability issues have been nagging. Has been a tempo-setting, aggressive blocker for one of the NFL's heaviest, mashing offensive lines, but still needs to cut down on his mental mistakes.

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