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16 People You Forgot Played for the Miami Dolphins

Jason Hrina



Aqib Talib will likely never put on a Miami Dolphins uniform, but don’t let that prevent you from purchasing one yourself.

In what will eventually be remembered as one of the most-interesting deadline deals in recent history, the Dolphins drew inspiration from the Cleveland Browns and decided to buy a draft pick from the Los Angeles Rams.

Cleveland famously acquired Brock Osweiler (and his erroneous contract) from the Houston Texans for a 2nd-round draft pick. Knowing their season was lost from the beginning, the Browns used their excess cap space to park Osweiler’s cap hit on their payroll and obtained a coveted draft pick in return. The Texan’s mistake benefited the Browns’ rebuilding process, and Miami is hoping the Rams’ error does the same for them.

From a football standpoint, it’s a wise move. Acquiring assets for cash is typically the best move you can make – you don’t have to give up anything in return.

And just as legendary as Osweiler is to the Browns, Talib will be the same for Miami. Which got us thinking about all the other Miami Dolphins players that we forgot once suited up for this team.

Whether it’s a Hall of Famer making a pit-stop in sunny Florida, or it was an interesting character shockingly brought in by leadership, these players are all recognizable for what they’ve accomplished outside the Dolphins’ organization.

In fact, you probably forget they were once here entirely. Check out which players previously dabbled in the Miami heat down below:

Joey Porter

Joey Porter‘s 2008 season was exceptional. In fact, you could argue it’s the best statistical season any linebacker has had for the Miami Dolphins – and the Dolphins have had some stellar, Hall of Fame linebackers throughout their history.

4 forced fumbles, 17.5 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss, and 25 quarterback hits are just the highlights of his nearly-perfect season. If it wasn’t for Chad Pennington‘s miraculous turnaround (coming off of an injury the year before), Porter would easily be the team’s MVP.

Gaining a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, Porter was not only a productive player, but a popular personality as well. His candor may have irked a few coaching staffs, but players enjoyed playing beside him, and his least productive season with Miami (2007) is still better than most pass rushers the Dolphins have had since Porter was released in 2010.

Cortland Finnegan

A player shorter than I was notorious for starting fights with the receivers he was asked to cover, and I kind of dig it. In 2010 alone, Finnegan was fined for incidents involving Steve Smith (New York Giants), Chris Kuper and infamously Andre Johnson.

Finnegan made the Pro Bowl in 2009 as a member of the Tennessee Titans, but by the time he arrived in Miami he was best utilized for his veteran presence more than his playing ability.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Dolphins fans, Finnegan never tumbled with an opposing receiver while with the team, forcing us all to reminisce about the time he pissed off Andre Johnson.

Mario Williams

Miami got so tired of watching Mario Williams ruin their playoff chances that Mike Tannenbaum decided to overpay a player that was clearly content milking the rest of his career.

Williams signed a 2-year, $17m contract with Miami, but was active for just 13 games that season. A healthy scratch for the other 3 games, Williams’ lofty salary cap hit gave the Dolphins 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in return.

It was pretty evident Williams career was done when the Buffalo Bills released him, and honestly, Miami deserved the nonexistent production they received from a one-time great pass rusher.

Will Allen

Will Allen played with the Dolphins longer than anyone else on this list (5 seasons to be exact), so it’s not like he’s the most unforgettable player, but how many of you were reminded of his tenure when he was arrested back in 2015 for running a Ponzi scheme?

Allen started 59 games with Miami and was simply adequate throughout his tenure; though I think it’s fair to say that we would all take Will Allen over Eric Rowe if we had the chance.

Sometimes you just have to be thankful for those “basic” players that allow you to turn your rebuilding efforts elsewhere.

Evan Mathis

As we sit here and complain about this team’s putrid offensive line, just remember that we’ve been botching offensive line prospects for over a decade (see Joe Berger).

Evan Mathis was active for 7 games with the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and then released the following year. Over the next 7 years, Mathis started 75 games and was active for 97 of them – predominantly playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He earned first-team All Pro in 2013 and was a two-time Pro Bowler (2013-2014). Safe to say, Miami messed this one up.

Lousaka Polite & Jorvorskie Lane

I don’t think there’s a single Dolphins fan that dislikes either of these players. If anything, Chandler Cox is evidence that this fanbase loves themselves some hard-hitting fullbacks.

These were two of the quietest players this team has ever had, and yet, we all still view these two as the legendary fullbacks they are. It’s almost as if their disappearance justifies Miami’s mediocrity all these years.

There was a time where Lousaka Polite converted EVERY SINGLE 3rd or 4th-and-1 carry. I believe the statistic was up to 25-straight conversions (before he was finally stuffed). It was astonishing to watch these two groove lanes, and it’s tragic that their position started to become extinct.

If you have any doubts that the fullback position will return, just take a look at how Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap running a QB sneak. Think teams are going to take notice and continue to risk their most prized possessions? Give it to the bulldogs lining up with their hand in the ground….they’ll convert it for you every time.

Rob Ninkovich

You all remember that legendary New England Patriots player that used to be a Miami Dolphin, right? No, not Wes Welker, but the defender that was active for 5 games with the Dolphins between 2007-2008, and subsequently started 101 games for the Patriots between 2009-2016? Yeah, that guy that got away.

Nickovich never made a Pro Bowl in his career, but that won’t stop him from being enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame.

He’s not on this list for anything he did as a person or player; he’s here to remind us just how poorly the Dolphins have identified (or evolved) talent since Don Shula left.

Matt Bryant

Recently released by the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Bryant spent almost 11 seasons with the club. His 1,163 total points easily surpasses their last infamous “oldtimer”, Morten Anderson, who accumulated 806 points with the Falcons.

Bryant was active for 3 games with the Dolphins back in 2004 when Olindo Mare went down with an injury. Hard to say the Dolphins lost out on this one, as the team has had a successful run identifying Special Teams standouts; with Andrew Franks and Matt Haack being the only “misses” since 2000.

Marc Colombo

This turnstile was greased up more than Bryant McKinney, Tyson Clabo or Jonathan Martin ever were for the Dolphins. Colombo’s last season in the NFL was the polar opposite of his time with the Dallas Cowboys, where Colombo was a solid right tackle for the club and his offensive line coach, Tony Sparano.

For as much grief as we can give him for his lack of success with the Dolphins, I think it’s best we keep that to ourselves. Colombo is currently the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for his heavy metal band, Free Reign. Let me know how voicing your opinion works out for you.

Arian Foster & Larry Johnson

Although Larry Johnson has voiced some interesting opinions on social media recently, he was once a coveted running back in the league. Arian Foster can also be heard voicing his opinion on everything from legalizing marijuana to social justice on his podcast, Now What (with Arian Foster).

Both running backs were perennial pro bowlers that were once some of the top running backs in the league. Fast-forward to the end of their careers, and they went out like a retired couple moving down to Florida.

Johnson was active for 1 game and has 1 rushing attempt for 2 yards.

Arian Foster was active for 4 games and recorded 55 rushing yards on 22 attempts (2.5 yards-per-carry). He retired in the middle of the season using health and family as a reason for leaving the game, but it was evident that Foster wasn’t fully recovered from rupturing his achilles tendon in 2015.

Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, football players don’t go into the Hall of Fame with all of their teams listed on their plaque. Thus, their Dolphins careers will likely be overlooked. Pity.

Knowshown Moreno

This guy still mystifies me. Knowshown Moreno is the football version of method acting (where the actor/actress gets so into character that they forget who they really are and begin living their life as if they’re the character they’re portraying).

The infamous scene of him crying a waterfall of tears is the meme of his career, but Moreno came to the Dolphins with a legitimate chance to be the #1 running back. And my lord did he nearly take advantage of that opportunity. In the 3 games he was active for, Moreno rushed for 148 yards on 31 carries (a 4.8 YPC average). If it wasn’t for tearing his ACL, Moreno may have been able to extend his Dolphins career. Instead, all we have are those 3 promising games to live off of.

Michael Egnew

I know Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas and the rest of Miami’s piss-poor tight ends over the past decade have helped you forget about Michael Egnew….but I don’t think we can ever forget this failed experiment.

He was Mike Gesicki before Mike Gesicki was a thing. Poor Mike Gesicki.

Quinton Coples

The former New York Jets 1st-round pick (16th-overall) was nonexistent for the Dolphins. After being released by the Jets, Quinton Coples signed with Miami and was active for 6 games. He didn’t record a single statistic while with the team, even though he participated in 100 total snaps (defense: 77 snaps; special teams: 23 snaps).

Similar to former 1st-round picks that are currently on the roster (Robert Nkemdiche, Taco Charlton, and *dare I say* Josh Rosen), he sucked.

Greg Jennings

This one is actually pretty funny.

During Free Agency, the Minnesota Vikings really wanted Mike Wallace and offered him more money than Miami did. Not wanting to play up in Minnesota, Wallace decided to sign with the Dolphins. After missing out on Wallace, plan B for Minnesota was to sign Greg Jennings.

For two seasons, Jennings played in Minnesota and Wallace played in Miami. After the 2014 season, Miami traded the disgruntled Wallace to Minnesota and the Vikings released Jennings.

To replace the recently-traded Wallace, Miami signs free agent Greg Jennings.

Neither player worked out for either team, but it’s ironic to watch them both fail twice with the same two players.


Let me know who else we may have missed. Though honestly, can you really blame us?

Growing up a passionate Dolphins fan in Jets territory, Jason learned from an early age that life as a Dolphins fan wasn’t going to be easy. Previously the Sports Editor for his university newspaper, Jason has experience writing columns, creating game recaps and conducting interviews with Hall of Fame athletes (Harry Carson and Yogi Berra are two of his proudest interviews). When he’s not dissecting the latest sports news, you can find him perplexed over the Dolphins offensive line woes or involuntarily introducing music to his neighbors.

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    April 25, 2020 at 11:52 am

    You forgot to include Thurman Thomas, who’s in the Hall of Fame!

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The Miami Dolphins – A Tale of Two Franchises

Jason Hrina



Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Football is a team sport.

Wins don’t individually define a quarterback’s success.

Yet everyone agrees that the only way to win in the NFL is to have a quarterback that is better than (just about) every other franchise in the sport.

Once you have an upper-echelon quarterback, then you can talk about the nuances of creating a team. Whether it’s surrounding that quarterback with the proper talent, ensuring you’ve built the right scheme around them, or complimenting them with a staunch defense to complete a championship run, developing an entire roster means nothing if you don’t have a quarterback that can lead you to the playoffs.

38 years ago, the Miami Dolphins selected a quarterback that would revolutionize the NFL.

A man decades before his time, the immediate success Dan Marino brought us – after 13 championship-caliber years with Bob Griese – shielded us from the horrors of football purgatory. Maybe it’s this curse of #13 that has us clamoring for football relevance after almost 50 years without a Super Bowl Championship.

We watched our franchise devolve from the model of perfection to a team without an identity; floundering desperately to find a viable quarterback for two decades.

And with one swift decision, the Dolphins simultaneously expunged their football idiocy of years past and exhibited the type of football prowess that should lead them to salvation.

Image Credit: South Florida Sun Sentinel

As we’re destroying the team for wasting 2nd & 5th-round picks on Josh Rosen, we’re praising them for building the foundation for future success. Gone are these false prophets of yesteryear, as the real prodigy we’ve all been yearning for is one step closer to leading the helm.

Once Tua Tagovailoa was selected 5th-overall in the 2020 NFL draft, Rosen’s exile was cemented. He was never going to have an opportunity to make it here, it was always going to be Tua Tagovailoa backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick. The grizzly, 13-year veteran handles the nuances of a young football team while the young, energetic and extremely talented rookie spends valuable time learning and developing.

That move…that single transaction…will forever symbolize the moment the Miami Dolphins transitioned from football purgatory to football relevance.

The Purgatory We Built

No one remembers the cost of a successful trade.

Off the top of your head, what did the New York Giants trade to swap Philip Rivers for Eli Manning? How much did Carson Wentz cost the Philadelphia Eagles when they traded up for him? I bet you all remember the litany of picks the Washington Football Team paid for Robert Griffin III, or how badly the Chicago Bears missed on Mitch Trubisky when they gave up a bunch of picks to move up from #3 to #2.

It’s because mistakes are always magnified for franchises that fail. As a fan base, we’ve been groomed to remember all the negative aspects of our favorite football team, because that’s all we’ve known for the better half of our adult lives.

After trudging through this wasteland for so long, we are finally ready to move past all of the detrimental mistakes that have cost us 20+ years of our lives – including the Josh Rosen trade.

Sure, you have your classics like failing to draft (and then sign) Drew Brees, drafting Ronnie Brown over Aaron Rodgers with the 2nd-overall pick, drafting Jake Long over Matt Ryan with the 1st-overall pick, and trading a 2nd-round pick for A.J. Feeley.

It’s not that the Dolphins haven’t tried, it’s just that they have failed almost mightily when doing so.

I respect that Miami was aggressive in their pursuit of Josh Rosen – or for any of the other quarterbacks they’ve attempted to put under center – but their aggression was either misguided, ill-informed, or even desperate at best.

A year prior to Rosen’s draft-day trade, another draft-day trade was occurring – one that would transcend the Baltimore Ravens organization for the prolonged future. With the 32nd pick in the draft, the Ravens selected Lamar Jackson – a quarterback some Dolphins fans wanted with the team’s 11th-overall pick.

To move back into the first round and secure a quarterback with the 5th-year option, all Baltimore had to give up was an additional 2nd-round pick (see the full trade at the end of the article).

With their draft-day trade, the Baltimore Ravens landed an MVP.
With their draft-day trade, the Miami Dolphins landed a quarterback that was released for nothing.

Again, I don’t fault the Dolphins for being aggressive, but their pursuit was often awry.

The frustrating part of all of this may be that this team actually “spent” both in assets and money, they just didn’t seem to take that extra step at the right time.

Spending 2nd-round picks was fine 3 years in a row (with Chad Henne, John Beck and Pat White), but spending 2nd-round picks then became “too much” when they could have moved up in the 2017 draft to select Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson – instead, they stayed put at #22 and drafted Charles Harris.

Think about it, Miami’s best quarterbacks since Dan Marino were:

  • Castaway by the New York Jets (and subsequently got his shoulder destroyed like everyone predicted)
  • (Allegedly) Forced upon us by Stephen Ross because he knew what a new quarterback would inject into a flat-lining brand (ie: making $$)

Between Chad Pennington and Ryan Tannehill there is 1 playoff appearance and 0 playoff wins.

There are definitive reasons why the Dolphins are executing a rebuild in 2019-2020 – after attempting to rebuild numerous times already this century – and you can say that lots of it has to do with the Head Coaches that have been in place.

Watching Ryan Tannehill lead the Tennessee Titans to the AFC Championship came was the most-conflicted I’ve felt in a long time as a Dolphins fan. I was thrilled he was able to prove himself, but frustrated that my team was once again watching from the couch.

Heck, for all the praise we give Brian Flores, he couldn’t get Minkah Fitzpatrick to buy into his system – ultimately losing a near-Defensive MVP player to an organization that has been breathing success since the Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season.

Miami hasn’t lacked talent – it’s why they’re constantly hovering around 8-8. The problem is, they lack the most important piece on the football field combined with the right leader to mold them. Which explains why they constantly sit around 8-8.

The Future We Created

But thoughts of perpetual 8-8 seasons are a thing of the past. The Dolphins may have drafted their future franchise quarterback back in April, but they officially rolled out their #1 prize just a few days ago. Coincidentally, just 3 days after Rosen was released.

The timing is likely coincidental, but who says omens have to be a bad thing?

This Dolphins team is young (thanks to Chris Grier), determined (courtesy of Brian Flores’ mindset), talented (after accumulating so many draft picks) and they’re wise beyond their years.

With a bounty of draft picks at their disposal once again in 2021, and with a franchise quarterback seemingly set to take over by season’s end, the future for the Miami Dolphins looks EXTREMELY bright.

After most “experts” predicted the Dolphins would go nearly winless – some even calling for criminal investigations to be conducted – Flores showed off his leadership and led Miami to a 5-11 record.

If the worst roster in the NFL can win 5 games, what can an improved roster accomplish?

Last year, there were too many holes on the roster to count. Now, you’re desperate to find a missing piece. In 12 months, we’ve gone from cringe-worthy to dynasty-bound in some expert’s eyes.

So have the Dolphins finally returned to football relevance?

If this team really identified the right Head Coach, and if Tua’s hip can stay healthy, then there’s no reason why the Miami Dolphins aren’t about to embark on a successful crusade that takes the rest of the NFL by storm.

Earlier this year, we lost one of the greatest leaders to ever bless our organization. In honor of the all-time wins leader, the Miami Dolphins will wear a patch signifying Don Shula’s record-setting 347 career wins.

And who knows, maybe this renaissance is Shula’s last gift to an organization – and a community – that he spent his life already giving so much to. The symbolism would be all-too coincidental otherwise.

The Baltimore Ravens/Lamar Jackson Trade:

Yes, I understand every other team passed on Jackson. I also understand the Ravens passed on him once when they selected Hayden Hurst with the 25th-overall pick that year, but Baltimore has built a championship-caliber organization over the past two decades, while the Dolphins have accomplished one playoff win – I think they’ve earned the benefit of the doubt here.

The Lamar Jackson trade can be broken down like this:

  • Baltimore traded pick 52 (2nd-round) to move up to 32nd-overall (1st)
  • Baltimore also sent Philadelphia pick 125 in the deal, but they received pick 132 in return – a downgrade of 7 spots in the 4th-round.
  • Otherwise, all Baltimore spent was a 2nd-round pick in 2019 (which ended up being pick #53).

Full trade:

Eagles Receive Picks: 52 (2nd), 125 (4th) and pick 53 (2nd) in the 2019 draft
Ravens Receive Picks: 32 (1st) and 132 (4th)

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There’s A Fine Line Between Being A Genius & Being Dumb in the NFL

Jason Hrina



Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Think Brian Flores & Chris Grier aren’t smart?

After successfully navigating through all of the pre-draft smokescreens better than teenagers can survive the high school rumor mill, the Miami Dolphins are in a position to flourish for the next decade.

Yes, it’s something we’ve said before almost annually, but this time, there’s a clear foundation that will allow the roots of this franchise to prosper.

We’ve Heard This Before

Tony Sparano blossomed under the Bill Parcells‘ coaching tree in Dallas, bringing with him an aura of prominence and a pedigree for smash mouth football.

After a miraculous 10-game turnaround that took Miami from #1 overall in the draft to division winners, fans felt they had the proper leadership in place.

That was soon debunked when the Dolphins followed an 11-5 (2008) season with 7-9 (2009), 7-9 (2010) and 6-10 (2011). It’s not that any of us feel that Sparano was a bad coach, but it was more-than-evident that he was handicapped at the quarterback position.

The Dolphins go 11-5 in 2008 because their quarterback was the runner-up in the MVP race, and they falter to 7-9 after that because they decided to build around Chad Henne.

Good coach, but poor coaching decisions.

From there, the Dolphins hired one of the best human beings on the planet – Joe Philbin. The notorious problem with Philbin was: he couldn’t lead a football team.

Failing to rein in Vontae Davis‘ hangovers, everything regarding Richie Incognito, the Chad Ochocinco saga (check out this damning ESPN article from 2012, which gives you a glimpse into how the player’s felt about Philbin early on), and all of the Mike Wallace drama. Those football teams had some decent talent, yet were never better than a mediocre 8-8 in Philbin’s 4 years.

Great person, but terrible with people.

Adam Gase then took a 1-4 season and made the playoffs at 10-6. All the optimism surrounding Ryan Tannehill seemed justified, and we were ecstatic for the future. But we came to learn that Gase’s coaching talents resembled more of a glorified offensive coordinator, which left players feelings ostracized and without a sense of direction – especially those on defense.

Like Philbin, Gase wanted a group of players that followed him, rather than developing a strategy that tailored to his players’ strengths. He traded away (or failed to re-sign) productive players drafted by Grier in years past, just because he couldn’t handle them.

After a 10-6 start to his coaching career (2016), we watched our hopes dwindle to 6-10 (2017) – accompanied with $10m worth of embarrassing Jay Cutler highlights – and then 7-9 (2018) after the “quarterback guru” couldn’t get any production out of a 2019 Pro Bowl & AFC Championship quarterback in Ryan Tannehill.

Offensive visionary, but he couldn’t see past his own shortcomings.

So Why is This Different?

This would be the definition of insanity….if it meant that we were following the same trend.

Yes, we understand the eternal caveat that we won’t know for sure until we see the results, but after a successful 2019 – and a stellar 2020 draft that features plenty of starting potential – we’re not going too far out on a limb to say that they have our trust.

Going into a vital 2020 NFL draft where the team held 3 first-round picks, the Miami Dolphins’ future rested solely on the leis of Tua Tagovailoa. For months we were on edge, because, as Dolphins fans, we just figured they would screw it up. But once they secured their quarterback of the future, the plan was simple: protect him.

Not only was the plan to build a wall in front of him, but Grier and Flores identified that some of these positions take more time to develop than others. Rarely do offensive and defensive linemen jump right in and become dominant players. The difference between pancaking teenagers in college to moving a mountain-of-a-man in the NFL is colossal.

Rookies go through such a strenuous process to improve their draft stock – immediately after completing a full college season – that they are burned out by the time their rookie year is over. That’s exactly what happened to Michael Deiter towards the end of last season; it’s no surprise we see their performance start to slide after putting in so much work throughout the year.

Drafting Austin Jackson (18th-overall pick), Robert Hunt (39th), and Solomon Kindley (111th) means Miami is giving their rookies time to grow before being asked to protect their most-important asset since Dan Marino.

Instead of a trying to learn the nuances of the NFL with a rookie quarterback, they can learn how an offensive play is properly setup, executed and audibled under a veteran, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

When it comes time to protect Tua Tagovailoa in 2021, they won’t have to worry if they understood the protection, if they’ll make a rookie mistake, or if they’ll naively and unintentionally do something embarrassing or costly. They’ll be able to focus on executing the play properly, giving Tua an ample amount of time to handle his own “rookie” adjustments.

With Raekwon Davis, the Dolphins acquire another player at a position that tends to need some time to grow. This move makes me wonder what the future holds for Davon Godchaux, who is expected to receive a very nice payday in free agency after this season, but for now, Miami can rely heavily on Godchaux and their 2019 1st-round pick, Christian Wilkins. Davis has the opportunity to learn under these two as he prepares to take on a much bigger role in 2021.

With their final 1st-round pick, Miami selected another young player at a cornerstone position. The adjustments rookie cornerbacks need to make when guarding an NFL receiver are somewhat substantial, and Noah Igbinoghene will be able to learn and make these adjustments while covering the opponent’s third or forth receiver – with the added security that he has an array of established and Pro Bowl veterans behind him.

This might hint at an ugly and somewhat inconsistent 2020 season, as roughly half of this roster is new to the team, but all of these young players will start to excel as Tua begins to transition into our full-time starting quarterback.

Which means the Miami Dolphins are ready to make a legitimate playoff run in 2021.

Is it possible all of these risks falter? Of course! Austin Jackson just turned 21 years old, and he wasn’t viewed as the best left tackle in college last season – he is a projection. Noah Igbinoghene wasn’t viewed as a 1st-round caliber cornerback, as most “experts” think he’s restricted to covering the slot rather than becoming a boundary corner. And then you have the general, inevitable fact that some of these picks just won’t pan out.

But we watched players like Mike Gesicki, DeVante Parker, Raekwon McMillan, Vince Biegel and Nik Needham take the “next step” under Brian Flores stewardship. It only makes us wonder who he’ll coach up next.

Now that Flores is more-comfortable as a sophomore coach, and the team understands his “win no matter what” philosophy, Miami should naturally thrive in year two….right?

Like all of these other coaches before him, Flores is an absolute genius after year one. And like all those coaches before him, he’s one season away from looking like a dunce.

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Dolphins Waive TE Michael Roberts

Chris Kowalewski



As the doors of the Dolphins’ training facility open to the newly signed rookie class, they close for another former Miami-hopeful after an active weekend of roster moves.

The Miami Dolphins have today waived TE Michael Roberts.

Roberts began his NFL career in 2017 out of Toledo as a 4th round pick of the Detroit Lions, possessing ideal measurements (6’5”, 265lb) for a playmaking TE.

A shoulder injury in December 2018 cut short Roberts’ time in Detroit and he was waived by the Lions following a failed physical as part of an attempted trade with the New England Patriots and subsequently waived quickly again after being picked up by the Green Bay Packers.

Roberts underwent reconstruction of the injured left shoulder in August 2019, having struggled both physically and mentally as his career path veered away from his dreams. Signed by the Dolphins in February 2020, it was hoped that Roberts could revive his NFL career in Miami’s TE room, competing with Durham Smythe for the TE2 spot behind Mike Gesicki.

At only 26 years old, it remains to be seen whether the young TE will be able to regain full health and return to the game, but the craziness of 2020 only puts further hurdles in his path as training camp rosters are reduced across the league to 80 players in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t expect Brian Flores and his staff to sit on their hands when it comes to competition – 2019 highlighted on a regularly churning roster of names being given a chance to succeed – and this approach is expected to continue at certain positions. As such, Saturday’s news that former Chicago Bears’ TE Adam Shaheen had been acquired by the Dolphins ensures that healthy competition can continue to spread through the roster, and proves the willingness of the front office to give chances to promising players who may not have achieved during their first NFL stop.

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