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Miami Dolphins 2020 Roster Building Preview – Quarterback

Travis Wingfield



Looking back, looking ahead, and everywhere in between ahead of a critical Miami Dolphins offseason


This publication has always fancied itself as an unaffiliated extension of the Miami Dolphins operation. In an attempt to arm fans with the researched clues about the team might do — and commentary on what they should do — we like to follow the same timeline as the coaches and decision makers at the facility in Davie.

The time for reflection is now. The coaching staff will be reviewing the 2019 season with an eye on self-scouting, and evaluating the job of every member that donned the Dolphins logo this past fall. The college scouting staff is buried in draft prep, and the pro personnel side is under water searching for potential free agent targets.

Since Locked On Dolphins is the most comprehensive Miami Dolphins outlet in existence, we’ll tackle all three subjects.

1. Reviewing the incumbents
2. Identifying free agent targets
3. Stacking the draft board

And we’ll do it for every position. It’s 10 days of offseason preparation, here on Locked On Dolphins dot com, as well as the Locked On Dolphins Podcast.

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Offensive Line
Defensive Line


The most important position in all of sports was perhaps the most surprising for the Dolphins — and in the best way imaginable. Well, maybe not in the furthest reaches of our imagination.

Josh Rosen gave the Dolphins a definitive answer, it just wasn’t the preferable solution. The hope was that Rosen could rise the tide of the entire organization, and that never happened. At least the conclusion is absolute and Miami can identify the trade as a mistake, chocking it up as a sunken cost.

On the bright side, Miami knew they were getting an elite presence and character with the Ryan Fitzpatrick signing. That proved true, and now the Dolphins likely have their mentor to a rookie quarterback, and the right guy to man the cockpit until the keys go over to the youngster.

The Incumbents

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Stats: 62%, 235.3 YPG, 7.0 YPA, 20 TD (4.0%), 13 INT (2.6%), 85.5 rating, 64.7 QBR
PFF Grade: 76.6 (17 of 69)
Snaps: 882 (81.7% of the Dolphins offensive snaps)

Fitzpatrick moved a one-dimensional offense with regularity. Miami posted 37 and 27 points on the two top-10 defenses — and eventual division champs — in the month of December. He led Miami to a 5-4 finish despite a roster full of previously unknowns, and helped unlock the potential of several pass catchers, including 1,202-yard receiver Devante Parker.

Free rushers, dropped passes, unmitigated pressure in his face relentlessly, Fitzpatrick salvaged it all. His sharp skillset beating the defense pre-snap with his recognition of the coverage and where it might roll had the Dolphins offense moving the sticks with better regularity than league average. With astute anticipatory skills and unparalleled faith in his eyes and what he sees, Fitzpatrick carved up some quality NFL defenses.

The above play capped off what could’ve been a 14-point fourth quarter comeback, but Miami failed on the two-point try. From that moment forward, a lifeless Miami offense found its legs and made the rest of the season competitive — and it was all because of the 37-year-old quarterback who has put together back-to-back impressive seasons with the Bucs and Dolphins.

Fitzpatrick said in training camp that he feels his best ball is ahead of him, and that he’s never had more confidence in his abilities. That bravado was vindicated between the white lines on Sundays.

Josh Rosen
Stats: 53.2%, 94.5 YPG, 5.2 YPA, 1 TD (0.9%), 5 INT (4.6%), 52.0 rating, 19.4 QBR
PFF Grade: 46.0 (60 of 69)
Snaps: 197 (18.3% of the Dolphins offensive snaps)

It was over for Josh Rosen before it ever started. Fitzpatrick blew out the 2018 first-round pick in OTAs, and that progression continued into training camp. Struggling to hit stationary targets in warmups, and utter difficulty moving the ball an inch in team periods, Rosen’s strong preseason provided the first ray of hope, but that evaporated when he took the field in September.

Just as it’s easy to tell instantly when a player has “it,” the same is true with the converse. Granted, this offense is a complex scheme that requires the quarterback to know the defense’s step-by-step processes, and attack accordingly. Rosen was never able to compartmentalize the mental side of the game in his three starts, posting passer ratings of 61.9, 88.9, and 32.9 before his benching in the Washington game.

Go back to that week-six battle with Washington and watch the offense with Rosen, and then with Fitzpatrick. Just a fraction of tardiness is all it takes in this league to lose, and that’s been the book on Rosen since he entered the league.

Veteran Market

The Guy – Teddy Bridgewater

This is a toss-up between Bridgewater, who Miami courted last offseason, but ultimately refused to pay the backup like a bonafide starter, and Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton. Newton likely requires draft capital, and that’s if Carolina decides to move the most important player in that franchise’s history.

Bridgewater showed some value in his first preseason action, with the Jets, coming back from the horrific knee injury that kept him out of football for nearly two years. After a trade, Bridgewater spent another year on the Saints bench, before getting his shot in 2019. The Saints were 5-0 in games started by the backup, but I’m not much for using wins and losses to justify an individual’s performance.

Despite his winning ways, Bridgewater was merely a caretaker. The Saints relied on exceptional defense and special teams, as Bridgewater guided the Saints offense to a mere 21.8 PPG (the Saints averaged 30.3 PPG in 11 Brees starts).

Bridgewater is a Miami native, so the connection will be made, but he could still be the heir apparent to Brees in New Orleans. Leaving the Big Easy likely comes with a massive contract, and probably chocked full of guaranteed money.

The Dolphins would be foolish to pay that price. Free agency is not the solution to Miami’s quarterback conundrum.

The Reasonable Route – Sit out on QB Free Agency

The closing Bridgewater snippet leads to this result. You could pencil in Tom Brady, maybe Philip Rivers, but what more do those veterans give the Dolphins at this stage than Ryan Fitzpatrick? Fitzpatrick was the better player this season, and he’s far more likely to engage the young passer that Miami will certainly entrust as the future face of the franchise.

The Sleeper – Marcus Mariota

Again, none of these free agent options are enticing, but perhaps a backup quarterback that can enter the game and give the defense a new look is the preferable route. Mariota has the mobility that Flores and Chris Grier love, but his lacking leadership acumen and spotty accuracy will give the pair plenty of pause.

The Titans took the Dolphins former franchise quarterback and turned him into a star, so it’s only fitting that Miami pays it forward. Clever parallels aside, again, Miami likely sits out on free agency at quarterback.

The Draft

The Guy – Tua Tagovailoa

There simply aren’t enough superlatives to heave in the direction of the left-handed signal-caller. Tagovailoa was nearly perfect in college, and the only reason he’s in discussion for the Dolphins is the devastating hip injury that cut his brilliant ‘Bama career short.

Tagovailoa excels in the areas that made Fitzpatrick a success in 2019. He’s razor sharp between the ears. He understands the why behind the defense, the coverage, and the route concepts for what they’re designed to accomplish. He reads fronts, he takes what the defense gives him, and he throws perhaps the best deep ball since Russell Wilson at Wisconsin.

Tua has the lower-half mechanical perfection and quick-twitch movement to ensure consistent accuracy, but also the ability to erase free rushers. He can make plays with his legs on designed runs, and is more than capable going off-script.

Flores and Grier have been redundant on their preference for accurate, mobile, high-character guys that can galvanize a locker room. During the announcement of declaration, Nick Saban called Tagovailoa the most important player in the Crimson Tide program since the storied coach arrived.

He’s perfect. And he very well might be yours, Dolphins fans.

The Reasonable Route – Tua Tagovailoa, in lieu of Jordan Love

Jordan Love was in-line to take this position before Tagovailoa’s Monday declaration. Love is the prettiest ball of clay available in this year’s class with eye-popping traits. His arm is up there with Patrick Mahomes, not just for velocity purposes, but for sheer talent to throw from multiple arm-angles with unrivaled zip and/or touch.

The reasonable play, however, remains the Alabama product. Love might be considered a reach in the top five, though he’ll go much higher than the general public might think.

The Sleeper – Tyler Huntley

We’ll harp on mobility, accuracy and leadership while discussing this position up until camp in August. Huntley has two of the three. The Utah Ute racked up 15 touchdowns and over 1,100 yards on the ground during his three-years as the starter.

Huntley exudes leadership and competitive spirit for Kyle Whittingham and the vastly under-rated Utah program. “He’s as fierce of a competitor as I’ve ever been around,” the Head Coach said about his quarterback.

Huntley’s accuracy isn’t an inherent issue, and it can probably improve with more seasoning. Huntley completed 73.1% of his passes this year, and 67.2% for his Utah career, but numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

Struggles with the deep ball come more so from Huntley’s slow processor. He has a penchant for leading the defense to the play with his eyes, or bailing on a play before it can properly develop.

He’s the quintessential developmental project for this coaching staff.

Travis Wingfield 2020 Quarterback Draft Rankings:

(Rank) Player School
1. Tua Tagovailoa Alabama
2. Jordan Love Utah State
3. Joe Burrow LSU
4. Jake Fromm* Georgia
5. Justin Herbert Oregon

*Has not yet declared

Other Free Agent Quarterbacks of Note:

Player 2019 Team
Tom Brady Patriots
Philip Rivers Chargers
Drew Brees Saints
Jameis Winston Buccaneers
Ryan Tannehill Titans
Dak Prescott Cowboys


The announcement Monday that Tagovailoa is taking the next step to the professional ranks dramatically shifts the offseason for Miami. Perhaps Jordan Love would’ve been in the Dolphins crosshairs had Tua returned to Alabama. Maybe the team would’ve stood its ground and waited for the 2021 draft — maybe it still will.

Now, with Tua back in play, there is a clear path for a potentially franchise altering quarterback. This player was never going to survive the first pick of the draft without something unforeseen like a catastrophic injury. In the summer, I wrote that the Dolphins would have to choose between Brian Flores and Tagovailoa, because getting the first pick would mean that Flores had a discouraging rookie season.

As fate would have it, Flores was among the top 5-6 coaches in football this season, and Tagovailoa is very much in play for Miami — if not with the fifth selection, then certainly via a trade up the draft board.

It seems all too perfect now. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa together in the same room, every day, for the entire year. That’s a homerun quarterback room from an intelligence and character standpoint, and that stuff goes a long way.

Especially with Brian Flores, and the program he’s currently installing in South Florida.

2020 Quarterback Prediction:

StarterRyan Fitzpatrick
BackupTyler Huntley
PUP/IR Tua Tagovailoa


Tomorrow – Running Backs



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    Robert Cornell

    January 7, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Travis, thank you for the fresh takes on the Phins. Your takes are both informative and refreshing. Keep up the quality work! I mentioned to my wife that I really enjoy your podcast and that as knowledgeable as I think I am when it comes to football I consistently find myself learning more as I read the locked on articles and listen in to your podcast. I was born in Hialeah hospital In 1968 and have been a true fan for life. I’m 1000% on board with Flo and excited about the next couple of offseason opportunities. I hope we don’t waste resources. I’m confident the players will get developed but unsure of the rest? QB, draft choices, free agent signings??? I take some solace in my perception of “the collaboration “ that likely will take place. I think there’s a good group in place that will make diligent choices. I can only hope. If we hit on 55% in the draft and 75% in free agency and this coaching staff and overall leadership we will be off and running in year 1 of the rebuild. To state the obvious, the Phins haven’t been positioned for success like this since the early days of Marino. Looking forward to the next couple/three years to see what transpires. I look forward to your continued success and your quality content!

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    January 8, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Yet another sportswriter who needs to go to Tuscaloosa & ask Tua for his hand in marriage.

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Miami Dolphins

Turning the Machine in the Right Direction

Kevin Dern



Nearly a year ago, 11 months to be precise, I wrote this piece for Locked On Dolphins:  “Small, Important Steps in the Right Direction”.  It was me opining on what I felt like were a series of small steps Miami, specifically Chris Grier and the front office had taken in the right direction just after the Draft.  At the time, Miami had accumulated a Draft Pick haul of a: 1st rounder, two 2nd rounders, a 3rd, two 4ths, a 5th, two 6ths, and two 7ths.  We know war chest has expanded, and Miami’s sure to put that to effective use in just over a month at the 2020 NFL Draft.

So, where are Miami now?

Well, that’s an interesting question, but I’ll attempt to answer it.  With a haul of 11 free agents, counting TE Michael Roberts who was signed before the new League Year, Miami’s managed to fill some of the holes the exited 2019 with.  Perhaps most important, despite shelling out big money deals, all of them are structured in smart, team-friendly ways.  Kudos to Chris Grier and Brandon Shore for that.  It’ll pay dividends down the road.

With the Draft still a month away, at least as things stand with the COVID-19 outbreak right now, Miami’s needs have become clearer.  Quarterback was always and still is the top priority for the Draft.  Running Back is a need still, and there’s a plethora of top notch backs in this year’s class.  Offensive Line, obviously.  Miami can use help across the board there.  With the defensive free agent signings, I’m not sure edge defenders are a need anymore, but I think Miami will still bargain shop there.  Safety, specifically free safety, and a true nose tackle round out the needs list.  At lest in my mind.

With 14 picks, and Miami probably won’t use all of them to make actual picks – I think some get used in trade ups and some get pushed to 2021 – Miami will likely be able to fill that remaining chunk of needs, which is a great place to be in.  Perhaps Miami still shops around a bit in free agency, maybe for O-line depth or a cheap running back, but I think the focus now narrows to the Draft.  Since that’s next month, let’s review the free agent crop.

Free Agent Fits
Our pal Travis Wingfield has done plenty of in-depth reporting on all of Miami’s free agent signings, so I’m going to give you my broad stroke takes on what Miami’s added this past week.

Edge Setters
Miami added defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah to help set the edge against the run.  Kyle Van Noy is an outside linebacker with a sneaky amount of strength and ability to play with heavy hands and good leverage who can help set the edge too.  What this means for Miami’s defense is that we’ll likely see more 4-man defensive fronts.  Remember, when Brian Flores called the Patriots defense in 2018 his most used for formations were:

4-2-5 (307 snaps)

3-3-5 (226 snaps)*

3-2-6 (132 snaps)

4-3 (97 snaps)

* With the 3-3-5 package, there’s really two versions: The Bear front and the slide front.  The Bear front typically included bigger defensive lineman to cover the opponents G-C-G with Hightower and Trey Flowers or Kyle Van Noy on edges, with Van Noy or Elandon Roberts off-ball.  Think of the slide front as really a 4-2 front, but you have an OLB playing as a stand-up DE.

A potential hidden bonus here is that both Lawson and Ogbah have some experience playing in stand-up OLB/DE roles.  Shaq Lawson did it some at Clemson and Ogbah had some limited experience in doing so last year with the Chiefs.  I think Ogbah was used primarily as a rusher as I haven’t seen snaps of him dropping into coverage from that spot.  But he’s been aligned there.

With the additions of Lawson, Ogbah and Van Noy, Miami’s going to try and be able to find analogs similar to Van Noy himself, more on that in a minute; Ogbah compares pretty well in play style to how the Pats used Adrian Clayborn and Deatrich Wise that year; and Lawson’s versatility might lend him to be used in some, and I stress some, of the capacities in which they used Trey Flowers.  With Van Noy, in 2019 he was almost an exclusive on-the-LOS edge LB.  In 2018, his duties between being an edge player and off-ball linebacker were about 50-50.  I don’t know that we’ll see that, but I think Van Noy’s snaps won’t be as an exclusive edge – he’s so versatile in how he can be used.

As much as I love Khalid Kareem and really like guys like K’Lavon Chaisson, Curtis Weaver, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Marlon Davidson I have a difficult time picturing Miami spending a top-level resource on an edge defender.  I think they’ll take a stab on a guy that falls or try and find value later on like Trevis Gipson, Jason Strowbridge, Chauncey Rivers, James Smith-Williams, etc.

No Fly Zone Southeast
I’ll admit, I in no way shape or form saw Miami going after someone like Byron Jones.  In fact, I wonder if the Patriots franchise tagging Joe Thuney meant that money Miami might’ve offered to him was “freed up” to pursue other options.  And man, did Miami get a nice player in Jones.  Yes, he doesn’t have a ton of interceptions, but he does have 20 PBUs the past two years, and 44 for his career – nearly nine a year.

I’m a little dumbfounded that so many Dolfans think this signing means that Xavien Howard is on the trade block.  Why would he be? Why would you dismantle a CB tandem this good? I get that X had the legal issue, but that was dismissed.  I feel like if Miami wanted him gone, he’d have been gone by now.

What it means having a tandem like Byron and X is that you have a pair of corners that excel at press, can play off man, can both play on either side of the formation, and both can travel to the slot.  That gives them some really nice flexibility and the opportunity to get creative with coverages.  I’ll be really intrigued if they add a FS that allows Bobby McCain to play in the slot more, like he did in 2015-17.  Miami could disguise a lot if that becomes an option.

When you combine Jones with the additions of Lawson and Ogbah up front, and Van Noy as someone who can play on the LOS or off-ball, you have to tip your cap to Miami for adding help at all three levels of the defense.

Depth and Special Teams
Miami apparently isn’t bringing back Walt Aikens, who was their best special teamer the past few seasons.  Instead, Miami opted to bring in a trio of damn good special teamers, two of whom were captains.  The one that wasn’t, Elandon Roberts, figures to get a chance to play in some packages on defense, just as he did with New England, and is a core special teams guy.  It wouldn’t surprise me if he ate some of Chandler Cox’s reps as a fullback either.  He’ll be fun to watch on whichever unit he’s getting snaps at.

Kamu Grugier-Hill, a fellow 6th round pick mate of the 2016 Patriots Class with Ted Karras and Elandon Roberts, is an intriguing player.  While he might have been a better fit for Miami’s previous staff under Gase and Burke, he’s a fantastic special teamer and has shown well as a blitzer and coverage linebacker.  His presence probably means guys like Sam Eguavoen and Calvin Munson are in the danger zone.

Clayton Fejedelem is more a like-for-like replacement for Aikens.  A hard-hitting safety who’s a demon on special teams.  Fejedelem probably won’t get a lot of looks on defense, especially if Miami ends up drafting another safety, but the bonus with Fejedelem, as compared to Aikens, is if you have to call on him to play on defense, he’s going to be better equipped to handle it.

Improving the Ground Game
I’ll admit, with Ereck Flowers being the first reported signing of free agency, I was a little worried the ghosts of Jeff Ireland and Mike Tannenbaum were summoned by the Tequesta.  Flowers reputation carries stains, but he played well the second half of 2019 as LG for the Redskins.  I hope Miami leaves him there.  Ted Karras comes over after playing as center for the Patriots in 2019.  He’s a bigger guy than Daniel Kilgore.  He’s smart.  He’s tough.  He struggles a little in space and with power.  I do wonder if Michael Deiter gets a shot to compete with him at the C spot with Flowers at LG, where Deiter played last year.

Both Flowers and Karras will get the opportunity to block for newly signed running back Jordan Howard (a favorite of my wife’s as he’s a fellow Indiana Hoosier).  Howard’s a bigger back at 225lbs, but he’s more well rounded than he is a power back.  He can catch and be a weapon in the pass game.  He’s also pretty savvy with inside and outside zone runs.  With Chan Gailey and Eric Studesville working on the ground game, Howard’s sure to get plenty of use.

Tight end Michael Roberts has played just 12 games over the past three seasons due to injuries and poor play.  He was traded to the Patriots last year but failed a physical cancelling the trade.  Detroit waived him and he was claimed by Green Bay but failed a physical there.  He battled weight gain, depression and had his left shoulder surgically repaired.  More of a blocking TE, he roasted the Dolphins in 2018, naturally, when Detroit came to Miami.  If Roberts plays up to his potential, I think he’s got the ability to challenge Durham Smythe for that #2 TE role – being an inline TE.

Prepping for April
While the Draft won’t have the party that Vegas would’ve offered, that’s the next major step for Chris Grier.  Miami needs to get the Draft right.  We’re talking 2017 Saints right.  We’re talking 2019 Raiders right.  Miami has the opportunity to inject a lot of talent, in addition to the quarterback, into this team.

Go figure that the year Miami as FINALLY loaded up on picks, the COVID-19 breakout has forced Pro Days and 30 Visits to mostly be cancelled.  And unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, Miami and the rest of the league aren’t going to have as much operating information as they normally do.  Miami will have to rely more on scouting than in the past.

The outbreak also likely puts a dent into each team’s offseason program.  Teams will have to head into their offseason programs storming to get ready for the season.  Let’s hope Miami doesn’t have a truncated offseason like they did in 2011 under Tony Sparano, which lead to an 0-7 start.

For now, with quarantines in place, there’s likely not going to be a lot happening for the Dolphins between now and the Draft.  Hunker down.  Watch tape (Game Pass is free).  Familiarize yourself with Flores’s scheme.  Watch “Humble and Hungry” – I highly recommend it! But above all, stay safe.  We can get through this together.

The Machine
You may recall Travis and I made a trip to Miami last year for the Bengals-Dolphins game.  We were credentialed for it, meaning we were members of the media for that day.  I think one of the most lasting impressions I have from that trip is just how many pieces work to create the “machine” that is each NFL team.  Miami have a lot of great people in place.

I’d only ever been to one other Dolphins game in Miami.  That was back in 2010.  I don’t remember what Hard Rock Stadium was called at the time; it’s had many different iterations since it was Joe Robbie Stadium.  But I remember walking around that stadium thinking it was dumpy.  And I’d been to some dumpy stadiums – Old RFK Stadium for a Washington Nationals Game, whatever they call the Coliseum where the Raiders played, and the A’s still call home.  Riverfront Stadium – the stadium of my youth.  These were the stadiums that Hard Rock rivaled in 2010.

What Mr. Ross and Tom Garfinkel have done to the place is INCREDIBLE! I’ve been to Lucas Oil Stadium and the renovated version of Lambeau Field (2010 and 2016).  Those two places are crown jewels.  Hard Rock Stadium as it stands right now is nicer than both!

Miami’s building a fantastic new team headquarters and training complex.  Travis and I stopped by Team HQ in Davie on our trip to pick up a parking pass for the game.  The current HQ is nice (I live in Cincinnati and drive by Paul Brown Stadium daily on my way to work – that’s my comparison, but Miami’s is nicer), but it’s small.  This new place is going to be world-class.

Brian Flores the Head Coach.  While it’s only been a year with him at the helm, just by being in his presence, hearing him speak and listening to what the players said about him – there’s not a man in that building that wouldn’t run to the TNT Wall for him.  Miami’s finally got the Head Coach they’ve longed for since Don Shula strode the sidelines.

The Dolphins have added 11 pieces so far, and the have the opportunity to select a new franchise quarterback in a month.  If Chris Grier, Marvin Allen, Reggie McKenzie, Brian Flores, the staff, and the scouts get this right Miami’s going to have built one hell of a machine.  Just in time for the post-Tom Brady Era in the AFC East.

It’s a wonderful time to be a Dolfan!  All is certainly not right in the world.  Not by a longshot.  But in these trying times where we all need to cling to some form of solace, the Dolphins are providing one.  It’s a small part of my everyday life, but it’s one of my favorite parts.  Always has been.  Always will be.  FinsUp!

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Free agency opens; Reshad Jones, Mike Hull lead Miami Dolphins cuts

Shawn Digity



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MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – While the two-day legal tampering period has already been underway, free agency officially opened on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Since many of the heavy-hitting signs and trades have already been announced, the start of the new league year will be more about ratifying all those moves.

The Miami Dolphins, at the time of writing, have announced 10 free agency moves.

And with that, there has been the consequential announcement of cutdowns to counterbalance the roster spots of incoming players.

Reshad Jones leads the list and is also the only technical release, but the Dolphins had already announced that.

Jones was going into his 11th season and spent the first 10 with the Dolphins.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jones sign with a new team in the coming days of free agency.

Nearly half a dozen players were also waived: wide receiver T.J. Rahming, cornerback Rashard Causey, tackle Chidi Okeke, interior offensive lineman Evan Brown, defensive lineman Kendrick Norton, and linebacker Mike Hull.

Rahming, Causey, and Okeke spent the 2019 season as practice squad members.

Brown saw playing time late in the 2019 season but had been plucked off the Giants practice squad.

Hull might be the most interesting name on the list. He had been a scrappy ‘backer presence for the Dolphins after signing with the team as a UDFA in 2015.

Hull re-signed with the Dolphins last spring.

But he spent the 2019 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a knee injury and didn’t play.

Norton was also kept on the team during the 2019 season by way of the Non-Football Injury list after a car accident last summer.




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Miami Dolphins Bring On Another Ex-Patriot, Sign LB Elandon Roberts

Jason Hrina



Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are loading up on leadership. If there’s one thing the Dolphins have made a priority this offseason, it’s adding smart, determined football players to their team. Under Brian Flores‘ stewardship, I doubt we ever see a broken locker room again.

According to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN, the Miami Dolphins are signing linebacker Elandon Roberts to a contract. Financial details are currently unknown.

Roberts is yet another ex-New England Patriot to leave Boston this offseason for warmer pastures down south, following fellow-linebacker Kyle Van Noy, and the recent addition of (center) Ted Karras earlier today.

Originally drafted as a 6th-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2016, Roberts has primarily served as a special teams ace, while also serving as depth at linebacker.

If you were impressed by Biegel’s production last season, you will be pleased with the type of versatility Roberts brings. Over the past four seasons, Roberts has been active for 60 games (starting 33 of them), and has accumulated 4 sacks, 6 passes defended, 206 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and 14 QB Hits.

Roberts is stout against the run, something the Dolphins have lacked over the past couple of seasons.

If you were curious what all the additions at linebacker meant for Vince Biegel, this doesn’t make things any clearer. Biegel is tendered at a “cheap” rate next season, so there’s no need to trade him or let him walk, but with the additions of Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill so far this offseason, it seems snap counts are becoming sparser.

Right now, the Dolphins currently have the following linebackers on their roster for 2020:

  • Chase Allen
  • Jerome Baker
  • Vince Biegel
  • Jake Carlock
  • James Crawford
  • Jamal Davis II
  • Sam Eguavoen
  • Terrill Hanks
  • Trent Harris
  • Mike Hull
  • Deon Lacy
  • Raekwon McMillan
  • Calvin Munson
  • Andrew Van Ginkel

They recently added:

  • Kyle Van Noy
  • Elandon Roberts
  • Kamu Grugier-Hill

Sam Eguavoen was a budding linebacker and special teams player for the Dolphins last season, but it looks like he’ll need to have an excellent training camp to remain on the team. It’ll also be interesting to see what this means for last year’s 5th-round pick, Andrew Van Ginkel.

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