Beefy OL Fonoti draws praise from Saban

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  1. bluehaze

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    "He's a big'n," a smiling Saban said. "Wide-bodies, man, that's really what you're looking for to play inside [on the offensive line]. He's got pretty good feet, and he's a pretty strong guy."

    Listed at 350 pounds, it's believed the 6-foot-4 Fonoti is the heaviest player ever signed to the Dolphins' 53-man roster. Fonoti also ranks among the beefiest players in NFL history, reportedly weighing 404 pounds when traded from San Diego to Minnesota in 2005.


    Looks like we might have our own version of "The Fridge" :lol:

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/football/pro/dolphins/sfl-spdolnotes09nov09,0,4980078.story?track=rss
     
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    FinNasty "The Sticker Dunk"

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    What was his playing weight when he went to the Pro Bowl in SD?
     
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    I would be VERY surprised if he's still on the roster after the season.
     
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    FinNasty "The Sticker Dunk"

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    What up LT? Nice to see you around...

    Hey, do you know what his playing weight was when he went to the Pro Bowl with you guys?
     
  5. bluehaze

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    Pretty sure his playing weight was 350, they said he shed 35lbs of the 404 he gained before SD let him go so that would make him 369lbs right now.
     
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    all we can do is hope
     
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    L.T.21 FinHeaven VIP

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    Hey Nasty:

    Yeah--Ive been lurking but posted this the other day (big win vs. Bears)
    http://www.finheaven.com/boardvb2/showthread.php?t=168927

    Fonoti never made the Pro-Bowl while he was with us. Hopefully, he has matured and realized just how FORTUNATE he is to have another chance at a career.

    IF NOT - he won't survive with Saban / Hudson very long.
     
  8. Zeke0123

    Zeke0123 This is my worried look

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    Hey LT how was his "nastiness" factor when he was with you guys ??
     
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    I am not expecting anything from this once emerging star.
     
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    ItsOurTime32 Banned Hammered

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    well i think saban brought him in for injury purposes, the way our line is blocking now is just down right scary, first 4 games 21 sacks, last 5 games 5 or 6 sacks
    and there doin a dec job run blocking
     
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    Lets just hope this kid makes the most of what is likely his last shot at the NFL. If he does, he could be a monster for us.
     
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    cnc66 wiley veteran bad spelur

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    yep, I agree...sure would be nice for one of these guys to be a sleeper who ends up dominating :cooldude:
     
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    It'd be great if he turned out to be good but a Center is what this team really needs. Rex is a solid RG but it's true his run-blocking doesn't look good on TV anyways...
     
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    Jacox is an unimpressive out-of-shape fat guy, as well. I don't see Jacox making the team next year. Maybe Fonoti can take his place.

    I remember Bowen and Chester both being over 380 lbs in 2003.
     
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    I'm hoping for diamond in the rough out of this guy. We've already got the least sacked QB in the NFL right now, so he wouldn't have to do much
     
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    The only interesting part about Saban's press conference was when he pointed out that they've been short an offensive lineman for weeks now and so they went ahead and tried Toniu out and were "pleasantly surprised" by how much he weighed.

    He's about 350 pounds right now which is lower than what he played at in college, lower than what he played at in San Diego, and lower than where he was in Minnesota and Tampa.

    I think that's very promising. If he was willing to work hard enough to get his weight lower than it's been in a long long time then maybe he's willing to work hard enough to stay on the roster.
     
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    Pretty scary when you have to praise a player for NOT being FAT.
     
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    cnc66 wiley veteran bad spelur

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    ahhh, but Nick LOVES those wide bodied boys
     
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    Saban and the Hud like them beefy, so he may stick around. He will not be ready as a backup for 2 more weeks. Hopefully, he does not make it into a game this season.
     
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    Fonoti was a BEAST for us in preseason. I still can't figure out why he got cut. He showed up pretty heavy at about 380 but was down to 345 by TC. The guy was leveling people left and right when he was actually in the game.

    Then he got cut. :confused:


    I was hoping it was just a cap move and they were going to bring him back after week 2 but......
     
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    Thanks nawlins for the recent observation. Thats good to hear. MIght make it seem he isn't too far off, and it would be interesting to find out why he was cut.
     
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    :lol:

    It's good that Fonoti's at 350. A few more pounds lost can help but it's better than 400. Houck knows what this guy can do. Still, he couldn't protect Culpepper in Minnesota (then again, with the time Culpepper takes to throw a pass, who can?).
     
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    Probably because he pulled some kind of stupid move like didn't show up for meetings or went AWOL for a day or two or something like that.
     
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    Well, yeah there was that....:(
     
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    Did he really do that? LOL.
     
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    I'll tell you who is going to love this guy if he regains his football form - Ronnie Brown. Great low risk high reward pickup
     
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    LOL. Great find.

    The weight REALLY gives me hope though. A genuine 350 is not the same as the 400, 380, or even 370 that he was weighing elsewhere.

    But what can you do when a guy just doesn't show up to work every now and then? He just doesn't know what it takes to be a real pro.
     
  29. Zeke0123

    Zeke0123 This is my worried look

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    Either the light will come on or it wont....he will either realize "hey im going to be a 15.00 dollar an hour bouncer if I keep this up" or he will stop screwing up. I would guess if he doesnt make it with the fins he will pretty much be out of the NFL.
     
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    Fonoti's problem is his mental make-up.

    He's content at being mediocre.
     
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    Just what we need....another mental case....:eek:
     
  32. Rich

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    Shelton is listed at 6'6", 345 lbs. If Fonoti is 6'4, 350 lbs... then they are of a similar size.
     

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