Talent has never been a question with Louis Delmas. Playmaking ability has never been a question with Louis Delmas. Durability?
That's been a question for the Dolphins new starting safety.
Delmas played 16 games only once in his five-year career with Detroit. And even after that 2013 season, the Lions decided to cut Delmas.
So how's Delmas's health now.
"I’m great. I’m great," he said recently after a Dolphins OTA practice. "I haven’t missed a day of training, haven’t missed a day of practice. I’m feeling good right now, the best I’ve felt my last four years of football. So I’m very excited about this year."
Re-read that please. Delmas, ready to start his sixth NFL season, is feeling the best he's felt since his rookie year in the NFL.
That's good news for he Dolphins because they desperately would like Delmas to stay healthy in the coming season because healthy mean available and when Delmas is available, he generally makes plays.
Last year Delmas had three interceptions. Plays.
He had two sacks. Plays.
He's averaged nearly one fumble recovery per season. Plays.
He returned one of those fumbles and an interception for a touchdown as a rookie. Plays.
The Dolphins defense wants more playmakers and Delmas offers that possibility.
But he cannot do any of that if the durability issues haunts. Delmas is doing what he can to make sure it does not.
“Rest," Delmas said. "That’s something my first couple of years I didn’t take pride in is resting. After the season, I always started immediately with workouts. I think, as the years started going on, I started earning more miles on these legs, I needed to rest a little more. The coaching staff and the trainers are doing a great job of managing me. I’m comfortable right now."
It must be said one of the flaws Delmas has is also one of his strengths.
The man plays at ludicrous speed (Spaceballs reference) all the time. That's great for a Miami defense that is looking to attack more and set the tempo on the field.
But that approach has sometimes in the past led Delmas to give up big plays in the back end when he over-reacts.
Delmas gained a reputation in Detroit as a vicious hitter who gave no quarter. When he hits, he delivers the blow with everything he's got. But his full speed approach sometimes got him hurt. And his full speed approach at times got teammates hurt as well in situation where an offensive player duck beneath his hit and Delmas ends up hitting one of his own.
Perhaps Delmas can tame that aspect of his game some. Being home in South Florida might help in that regard. Enjoying his environment perhaps can be the settling influence Delmas might need.
"It’s a fun environment," Delmas said. "I plan on taking advantage of every opportunity that I step foot on the field."