Verner was raised in this diverse, multicultural city featuring a college campus as well as a mix of industry and residential. Carson borders Compton and Long Beach, and the Dolphins will play the Chargers at the StubHub Center, a soccer stadium that holds 27,000 fans.
“When I was growing up and they first built the stadium, our high school football championships were there,” Verner said. “I never made it to the championship but I’ve been to the games and it was a good experience. But that was high school at the time. So it’s going to be interesting to see how they do it for the pro team.”
The Dolphins haven’t played a regular-season game in 258 days and with Hurricane Irma postponing the opener and so many off-field storylines — injuries to Ryan Tannehill and Raekwon McMillan as well as an unresolved contract situation with Jarvis Landry — the Dolphins have seemed bottled up all week.
“You see all the other people playing and you want to go,” Verner said. “You’ve been putting in all the work since training camp and you know this team had a playoff loss, has a lot of things probably on their mind. So you want to get ready to thump somebody.”
Verner wasn’t a part of Miami’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh last season. But…
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