Miami Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Jason Trusnik

Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Trusnik (93) before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

 

There is not much to say about Jason Trusnik. After a couple of seasons with both the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins signed Trusnik in 2011 as a linebacker and special teams player. After a quiet 2011 season, Trusnik only slightly improved this year. He started in two games as a strong side linebacker, but played in all sixteen games. He finished the season with 35 total tackles (19 total, 16 assisted), and his best game came in week 14 at San Francisco (3 solo, 2 assisted). In my opinion, Trusnik will never be more than a backup linebacker (atleast in Miami), and does not have the speed or strength to be a great NFL linebacker.

However, Trusnik has proven himself as a viable special teams player for Miami, especially on kickoffs. I have seen Trusnik fly in to take down opposing kick and punt returners, and his consistency as a special teams warrior earned him the award of being one of the special teams’ captains this year for the Phins.

Trusnik balances out his less than stellar linebacker play with his above average awareness on special teams. However, many times this year the Dolphins linebacker core looked old and weary, and with veteran Karlos Dansby on his way out, Trusnik had the opportunity to step up and make a name for himself as an NFL linebacker. In November, the Dolphins signed Trusnik to an extension worth over 2 million dollars, no doubt for his special teams ability.

My 2012 grade for Jason Trusnik: B-

Topics: Jason Trusnik, Miami Dolphins

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  • baud

    I don’t know what you were watching but Trusnik is my favorite Dolphin defensive player. He is alert to the ball and always in the mix. A must keep for the Fins.