Undrafted Miami Dolphins linebacker Neville Hewitt had a career game on Sunday. Considering he hasn’t played that much his rookie season, any game could be considered a breakout game. But today, Hewitt played like a starter.
Hewitt got his chance to get on the active roster when Jelani Jenkins got hurt and he has made the most of his opportunity. Today he registered four tackles and two assists but it was how well he tackled. Hewitt made plays. Plays that mattered. One play was behind the line of scrimmage, another was a perfectly played pursuit angle across the line that stopped a would be first down.
Most impressive about Hewitt was his handling of Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. When on Gronkowski, Gronk caught nothing. That’s something that almost no linebacker has been able to do all season. Hewitt was everywhere on Sunday and he was making plays.
The Dolphins have had a problem with tackling all season and Hewitt was showing off text book tackles throughout the game and put himself in position to help make plays. The Dolphins have problems at linebacker but today, Hewitt gave fans and the staff a little bit of hope that maybe they found someone who could develop into a full time player.