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Broncos in the NFL: Late signee Daryn Colledge helps Dolphins

Arizona Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge (71) during the first half of a NFL football game against Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge (71) during the first half of a NFL football game against Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) AP

Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.

Daryn Colledge was unsure in April if he was even going to have a job in the NFL this year. He has played in every game during his eight-year NFL career with the Packers and Cardinals. But the offensive lineman was released after last season in a cost-cutting move by the Cardinals.

“I’m proud of the things I’ve done,” Colledge told me in April. “The thing I’m most proud of is continuing to be there for my team and not miss games, being there for my teammates. It was the same philosophy I had here — I wanted to be a guy who played every game because I want my teammates and coaches to be able to rely on me. I’ve kept that alive in the NFL. That’s why if somebody hasn’t gotten me through (training) camp, I’ll probably retire, because I don’t want to be a guy who goes out there, signs in week two, gets hit and gets injured and takes the whole year off. I don’t want to be one of those dudes who goes in there and steals from anybody. I’m excited to go out there and keep competing. I think I’ve got the ability to keep competing at a high level.”

Looks like he was right.

The Miami Dolphins signed Colledge in July, inserted him into their first-team line at left guard and likely will count on him this year.

The Dolphins allowed 58 sacks last season and lost Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey for at least the first month of the regular season to a hip injury.

Colledge is part of their plan to address both issues. He played for Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in Green Bay.

“He's a very bright guy, smart and I think he's picked up the system well,” Philbin told ESPN.com. “But it's taken a little while. I don't think it's all the way there yet, but I'm hoping there is more development coming in the next couple of weeks.”

Colledge plays alongside Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert.

“The good thing about me and Branden is we've both got a lot of experience. So we know what each other wants to see out there,” Colledge told ESPN.com. “It's just a matter of us knowing exactly what we want on each play. Once we have that down, we can kind of start taking the communication stuff out of it and a lot of it becomes nonverbal, which helps out me and him. We're getting to that point.”

Colledge said in April that he was moving his family to Boise full time.

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