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Players

Phillip Merling
DE #93
Height:
6-5
Weight:
315
College:
Clemson
Experience:
4

Transactions:

  • Originally selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Resigned with the Miami Dolphins on April 11, 2012.
  • Signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent on May 23, 2012.
  • Signed a Reserves/Futures contract with the Washington Redskins on January 8, 2013.  

Transactions:

  • Originally selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Resigned with the Miami Dolphins on April 11, 2012.
  • Signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent on May 23, 2012.
  • Signed a Reserves/Futures contract with the Washington Redskins on January 8, 2013.  

PRO:

  • Has appeared in 50 career games, making five starts.
  • Has amassed 72 career tackles (52 solo), 3.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries.  

2012 (Packers):

  • Played in three games.
  • Recorded two tackles (one solo).

2011 (Dolphins):

  • Played in 10 games with one start.
  • Recoded four tackles (three solo).

2010 (Dolphins):

  • Played in five games.
  • Recorded three tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed.

2009 (Dolphins):

  • Played in all 16 regular season games with one start.
  • Recorded career highs of 33 tackles (24 solo) and 2.5 sacks.
  • Recorded three passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
  • Notched a season-high five tackles and a sack against the Atlanta Falcons.  

2008 (Dolphins):

  • Played in 15 games with one start.
  • Recorded 20 tackles (six solo), one sack, one interception, and one touchdown.
  • Made his first NFL start at Arizona (9/14).
  • Became the first Dolphins rookie since 1996 to have an interception return for a touchdown.
  • Played in his first career postseason game against Baltimore. 

COLLEGE

  • Played collegiately at Clemson.
  • Saw action in 38 games with 26 starts.
  • Earned All-ACC First-Team honors in 2007 as a senior.
  • Finished with 146 tackles (99 solo), 12 sacks minus 80 yards, 31 stops for loss and 45 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and seven pass deflections
  • Became the first Tiger defensive lineman since 1983 to earn ACC Player of the Week honors three times in the same season
  • Earned second-team Freshman All-America and was the recipient of Clemson’s 12th Man Award for the defense honors in 2005.

PERSONAL

  • Full name is Phillip Blaine Merling.
  • Attended Cordova High School in Memphis, Tenn., as a senior.
  • Attended the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament.
  • Played in the Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star game, earning first-team All-State and All-Region accolades.
  • Began his prep career playing football for three seasons at Calhoun County High School in Saint Matthews, S.C.
  • Was a Sociology major.
  • Born on April 19, 1985.
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 53 70 52 18 3.5 0 8 1 1 25 -- 25
2013 WAS 3 2 1 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 GB 3 2 1 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 MIA 10 4 3 1 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2010 MIA 5 3 3 0 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2009 MIA 16 33 24 9 2.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2008 MIA 16 26 20 6 1 0 2 1 1 25 25 25

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