Dolphins fifth-round pick Davon Godcuaux is steadily climbing the depth chart at defensive tackle, as he has consistently received first-team reps during camp. He also got the start in the Dolphins’ first preseason action against the Atlanta Falcons and he did not disappoint.
While Godchaux managed to make just two tackles on the night, he was very disruptive and did exactly what Dolphins defensive line coach Terrell Williams asks of his defensive tackles.
“Honestly, in my mind, a defensive tackle on first and second down, your No. 1 job is to be physical with those guards and knock them back,” Williams said. “We give them one responsibility – knock the guards back, whether it’s run or pass. If you’re thinking pass rush as a defensive tackle (on) first and second down, then it’s a problem. He kind of gets it. He comes from a good system at LSU, so we’re excited to have him.”
Following the game, Godchaux expressed his desire to continue being consistent and a player the team can count on, but overall – he was pleased with his performance.
“Yeah. Like I said came out and was a little rusty, getting my feet wet in the NFL. But so far attacking the ball I had a couple dominant plays. I know one play I ran over the guard just getting after it. I’ve been playing football my whole life, just try not to think so much and just get off the ball and go.”
Not only did Godchaux play well, his fellow rookie defensive tackle Vincent Taylor demonstrated many of the same traits required to be a contributor in the Dolphins defense.
Taylor finished his first preseason game with three solo tackles. His output in Thursday’s game was certainly commensurate with what he’s shown throughout camp and it is clear that the coaching staff likes what they’ve seen from their young defensive tackles so far.
Coach Adam Gase, defensive coordinator Matt Burke and Williams have downplayed third-year player Jordan Phillips’ limited first-team reps, but Godchaux’s rapid ascension is palpable. Godchaux could very well be the opening-day starter at defensive tackle next to Ndamukong Suh.