Jul 2, 2014

Bleacher Report Predicts Tyler Larsen Makes Dolphins 53 Man Roster

Predicting the Last 5 In, Last 5 out for Miami Dolphins' Final 53 Man Roster

Davonte Wallace and Tyler Larsen would have been flip-flopped on this list had Mike Pouncey not gotten hurt. 
With Pouncey's injury, Miami only has Sam Brenner and Nate Garner at center. None of them is exactly ideal, and while they can both play the position, they're better used as guards. 
Utah State product Tyler Larsen is a natural center and was likely a practice squad candidate prior to the Pouncey injury
Now, he'll have to be on the roster (barring a disaster of a training camp) in a position that became a very needy one for Miami overnight. 

May 22, 2014

Football Nation | Tyler Larsen: Making the Most of Opportunity With Dolphins

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Can Tyler Larsen follow suit? Jim Langer, Dwight Stephenson, and now Mike Pouncey. The Miami Dolphins have made it look easy finding centers who not only are solid players in the NFL, but All Pro players and Hall of Fame performers.
Tyler Larsen has his work cut out for him. While making the Miami Dolphins roster might be a bit easier, given consideration to the issues this team had last season with its starting five and depth, Larsen is still in a position of being on the outside looking in.
Larsen saw this happen with his brother, Cody, when he took the same approach in the same position – and is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
“I've always looked up to him my whole entire life,” said Tyler, who signed with the Dolphins last week as a rookie free agent. “Just seeing him achieve his main goal and actually making it to the NFL, I couldn't be more happy for him. It made it more realistic for me to actually chase my dream as well and try to make it to the NFL and everything like that. Seeing him do that really pushed me to even try even harder to actually get here.”
The Dolphins used the offseason to shore up on starters and depth through free agency and then the Draft last week. Larsen wasn't drafted in the seven round pool of players, allowing the Dolphins to invite him to minicamp. Now, as a rookie going through the general mechanics of the offseason process, it seems like he could still make an impact on the team and the roster.
Larsen was nothing short of dominant at Utah State, earning first-team all-conference honors the last three seasons — twice in the WAC and once in the Mountain West after the Aggies switched conferences.
He even earned second-team All-American honors from USA Today last year and was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given to the top center in college football. He then turned in an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, where he was one of the rare interior offensive linemen who wasn’t dominated in practice by defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the eventual 13th overall selection in the 2014 draft.
Hopefully he can be just as aggressive in practice, training camp and eventually, a regular season game.

The Palm Beach Post | Where Miami Dolphins rookies stand heading into minicamp

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"- C Tyler Larsen: Larsen, out of Utah State, was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center. There was speculation the Dolphins would select an offensive lineman late in the draft. Of the undrafted players, Larsen has the best shot to make the team. He can play center or guard." 
 - By Andrew Abramson


May 19, 2014

Baltimore Sun(Ravens Insider) | Cody Larsen Moved From Offensive to Defensive Line

"It didn't get a whole lot of attention during the rookie minicamp, but it at least bears mentioning that Cody Larsen, a defensive tackle on the Ravens’ practice squad last season, was working as an offensive guard. I don’t know when the last time Larsen played on the offensive line was, but Ravens coaches obviously think he’s capable of making the transition. Plus, it makes plenty of sense for Larsen to give it a try. It increases his versatility, and it was going to be nearly impossible for him to make the team on defense with the depth the Ravens have already acquired along the defensive line."
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

MiamiDolphins.com | Tyler Larsen Following In Brother’s Footprints

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Alain PoupartLead WriterDolphins.com

Dolphins rookie free agent’s credentials rivaled, if not surpassed, those of the 10 centers selected in this year’s draft.

Tyler Larsen didn't have to look very far for inspiration when it comes to his dream of playing in the NFL. 

His older brother Cody was in the exact same position Tyler currently finds himself in before eventually landing a spot with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

“I've always looked up to him my whole entire life,” said Tyler, who signed with the Dolphins last week as a rookie free agent. “Just seeing him achieve his main goal and actually making it to the NFL, I couldn't be more happy for him. It made it more realistic for me to actually chase my dream as well and try to make it to the NFL and everything like that. Seeing him do that really pushed me to even try even harder to actually get here.” 

Having gone through the draft process himself a year ago, Cody was able to help Tyler this year in terms of preparation and also as far as telling him what to expect. 

May 16, 2014

BaltimoreRavens.com | Cody Larsen Pictured in "Rookie Camp First Practice"

BaltimoreRavens.com just posted the first paractice with this year's rookies. Check out Cody sporting #69 to the right of Utah State's A.J. Pataiali'i. They are going to try moving Cody over to the O-line this year at guard. Man, that kid's arms are almost as big around as his head!

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Remington Award Finalist Tyler Larsen
Tyler Larsen is one our highest graded UFAs and had a remarkable career at Utah State. The 6’4″ 313 lb. Larsen started 52 consecutive games after a freshman year knee injury and was voted 1st Team All WAC three years in a row. He was also one of six Remington Finalist for Center of the Year honors for 2013. He graded out the highest on his team overall at 86% and had five games where he graded out at over 90% and he also made all of the blocking calls for the line. He really impressed scouts in The Senior Bowl with his performance against Aaron Donald who had embarrassed two other players.
Larsen is tall with excellent mobility and also has good quickness off the ball. He excels in creating running lanes and also has very good lateral movement in pass protection. He is faster than he appears and is able to block effectively downfield and displays a good change of direction. On short yardage situations he has excellent leg drive and he performed very well in both the shotgun and with the QB under center. He does have short arms and has average knee bend which can get him in trouble sometimes on a hard rush.
The bottom line is Larson has proven to be very durable and could also play the guard position if needed. Many experts feel that he has a reasonable chance to make the team and that is great news to know we may have a very experienced Center to back up Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey. Pouncey may face disciplinary action stemming from the Well’s Report bullying scandal before the season begins.
Larsen will join former Utah State player CB Will Davis on the roster who was taken as our 3rd round pick in 2013. 
Yours Truly, saysMikey.

May 15, 2014

MiamiDolphins.com | Tyler Larsen and Miami Dolphins Serve Thier Community

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Dolphins Rookies Team With Rebuilding Together For Home Improvement Project

by Tristin Jones

Being a member of the Miami Dolphins comes with many responsibilities and one of those is giving back to the South Florida community. Dolphins rookies are learning that very early on as they teamed up with Rebuilding Together for an important home improvement project. 

The rookies arrived at the home of military veteran Roger Carter ready to get their hands dirty painting, landscaping, and removing debris. Carter was in desperate need of home improvements after it became physically impossible for him to take care of the property himself. 

The players broke off into groups and started with various tasks and assignments. At the front of the house, rookies raked, planted flowers and mulched to beautify the exterior. Around the house, groups cleaned up various debris, including an old boat, and loaded it all into a large dumpster. 

As the day came to an end, the property was much cleaner and free from debris. The exterior was landscaped and looking beautiful with the addition of all the flowers. 

“It means a lot especially to (be able) to do this so early on,” said Dolphins first-round draft choice Ja’Waun James. “We’ve only been here a week and we are out here in the community reaching out, getting ourselves out here, and also helping people. It’s definitely cool and it’s great to have the Dolphins have us (rookies) give back so much so early.” 

The Rebuilding Together event not only served as great experience for the rookies to give back to the South Florida community, but also as a way for the guys to bond and learn how teamwork is also impactful off the field.