I like that our two highest paid athletes, Tyreek Hill and Xavien Howard, have embraced the leadership roles the team expects from them. The nucleus of this team is young and the arrow is up, and having outspoken leadership keeps the team focused on the field. Their hunger is infectious.
Daniel Oyefusi (Miami Herald) wrote:
“I feel like it starts with me. I feel like I have to set the tone for the guys,” Howard said Wednesday. “The guys are getting better — I feel like everybody is getting better each week. I feel like we just have to keep striving. I have to take that leadership role in the cornerback room and set the tone.” How does Howard set the tone? “Make plays,” he said. “Make plays, that’s what I do. So setting the tone by making plays out there.”
“His energy, you can’t explain it,” said Tino Ellis, a third-year corner. “He’s just a great guy all-around. A great leader, hard worker. He really doesn’t say too much but we all feel his energy when he’s in the room and when he says something. And definitely when he makes a play, he’s bringing up the energy.”
Almost every practice, Keion Crossen finds himself watching Howard from the sideline “like a hawk.” He’ll study the way he lines up, the way he moves and attacks a play, trying to take notes to improve his game. And when Howard returns to the sideline, he’s quick to discuss the nuances of a play, asking a teammate what he saw on the sideline. If the roles are reversed, Crossen said, Howard is gracious enough to go through the details of a play for one of the team’s young corners.
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