DAVIE, Fla. - Mindful that playing for the Miami Dolphins has its ups and downs, center Samson Satele is back.
Satele was a rookie starter with the Dolphins in 2007 out of the University of Hawaii - Miami went 1-15 that year. He also started every game in 2008, when the Dolphins went 11-5 and won a division championship - their most recent winning season.
Satele was then traded away, and after three years with the Oakland Raiders and two with the Indianapolis Colts, he's now back with Miami, signing as a stopgap solution at the team's troubled center spot. He practiced for the first time Monday, with the starters.
Samson Satele, shown during Miami’s practice Monday, spent his first two NFL seasons with the Dolphins — a one-win campaign in 2007, followed by a division-championship performance.
"As I stepped on the field I was like, 'Wow, my rookie year seems like yesterday,' " said Satele, 29. "It's a full circle. It's good to be back."
The Dolphins signed Satele on Saturday after their first training camp scrimmage, an indication they're unhappy with the other candidates to fill in for injured Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey.
Shelley Smith, Sam Brenner and Nate Garner took turns with the first team last week. No one in that trio distinguished himself, and botched snaps were a recurring problem.
All times HST
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
New England at Washington, 1:30 p.m. (KFVE)
San Francisco at Baltimore, 1:30 p.m. (NFLN)
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 2 p.m.
Seattle at Denver, 3 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego, 4 p.m. (NFLN)
Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina, 1:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 1:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Chicago, 2 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 2 p.m. (KFVE)
New Orleans at St. Louis, 2 p.m. (NFLN)
Monday produced no fumbled snaps, and Satele said he can't remember the last time he had a bad one.
"Once it's your job, you've got to take care of it," he said. "It's just a habit now - get the ball to the quarterback."
While the Kailua High School graduate welcomed the chance to return to Miami - "No snow," he noted - Dolphins coach Joe Philbin made no promises about playing time.
"I told him he's competing for a job just like the other 14 offensive linemen," Philbin said.
Pouncey is expected to miss at least a couple of games while he recovers from hip surgery in June.
Satele said his head was spinning Sunday as he tried to learn the offense, but he predicted he'll be ready for Friday's exhibition opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
"It's not my first rodeo," Satele said.
Satele's old enough that he refers to the 26-year-old Tannehill as "Kid." The only players who were with the Dolphins during Satele's last go-round with Miami are Garner, defensive tackle Randy Starks, long snapper John Denney and punter Brandon Fields.
So what does Satele remember about his rookie season with the worst team in Dolphins history?
"It was all a blur," he said with a chuckle. "I don't want to remember that."