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QB Chad Henne Takes On Leadership Role

After throwing 33 interceptions in 29 games over the past two seasons, Chad Henne has done little to prove that he’s capable enough to be the starting quarterback of the Dolphins. Drafting too low in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft to add one of the top quarterbacks, the Dolphins passed on Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, who was selected by the New England Patriots in round three.

Once the lockout ends, the Dolphins are expected to add a veteran to compete with Henne for the starting job.

Henne’s leadership in running in the player-run workouts has impressed head coach Tony Sparano from afar, Andrew Carter of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

“Chad has taken the reigns here and it’s been really good,” Sparano said. “I think (it will) probably be really good for his teammates to see him in that kind of environment doing that. (Henne’s leadership is) something that I see. I’ve seen it in the office. I’ve seen it on the practice field.

“But when it’s him by himself in that situation, that’s been good for him.”

Henne turns 26 next month, and has completed 61.1% of his 953 pass attempts for 6,246 yards with 29 touchdowns and aforementioned 33 interceptions, resulting in a passer rating of 75.3. The 57th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Michigan is scheduled to earn $555,000 in the final year of his contract.


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