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Assistant HC/QB Coach Jim Caldwell Takes Leave Of Absence

Chris Kowalewski

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The Miami Dolphins have announced that Assistant HC/Quarterbacks Coach, Jim Caldwell will be taking a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins, citing heath reasons.

Jim Caldwell brings an experienced level of coaching leadership to Miami as the Dolphins aim to mentor their young QB prospect, Josh Rosen.

Caldwell is still expected to be available as a consultant and information resource for the team through the 2019 season, but clearly there are larger pressing concerns for the 64 year old coach.

Brian Flores had surrounded himself with experienced staff heading into his debut season as Head Coach and the impact of Caldwell’s regular presence will likely only make the road a little more difficult.

Whatever the issues may be, our best wishes at Locked On Dolphins go to Coach Caldwell for a speedy and full recovery.

 

 

Physically located across the pond, but mentally always in Miami. A qualified lawyer, NFL sponge, aspiring writer and self-proclaimed IKEA furniture construction expert, he’s looking ahead to a brighter future for the Dolphins after decades of wading in the depths of mediocrity. Always on the search for any excuse to talk all-things Dolphins.

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The Miami Dolphins had a huge week of roster moves

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MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Miami Dolphins make a myriad of roster moves

The Miami Dolphins made another handful of roster moves, which has been par for the course this year.

The Miami Dolphins have not been shy about their presence on the waiver wire. And leading into Week 14’s games, the team has once again claimed several new players to add into the mix.

Let’s address the moves in chronological order.

The first flurry of transactions included claiming and being awarded wide receiver Trevor Davis from the Oakland Raiders and running back Zach Zenner from the Arizona Cardinals.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Davis in the fifth round of 2016’s draft out of California, and he spent three seasons with the Packers before being traded to the Raiders for a 2020 sixth-round pick.

The Raiders waived Davis earlier this month.

Zenner, on the other hand, went undrafted in 2015, coming out of South Dakota State. He spent a bulk of his five-year career with the Detroit Lions but also spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Cardinals.

In the corresponding moves, running back Kalen Ballage was added to the Injured Reserve list, thus ending his season, and safety Montre Hartage was waived.

The Miami Dolphins Twitter account confirmed these transactions (and all others mentioned).

The league ratified the moves on December 3.

On December 4, the Miami Dolphins continued their roster churning with another claim and a practice-squad poach.

The team signed interior offensive lineman Evan Brown from the New York Giants practice squad.

Brown is in the midst of his second season in the NFL after the Giants originally signed him an undrafted free agent in 2018.

The Dolphins were also awarded wide receiver Mack Hollins from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hollins spent his college career at the University of North Carolina before the Eagles drafted him the 2017 Draft’s fourth round.

To make room for Brown and Hollins, cornerback Ken Crawley, who was awarded to the Dolphins off the waivers at the end of October, and interior offensive lineman Chris Reed were waived.

The most recent move occurred on December 5 and included the release of sixth-round rookie offensive tackle Isaiah Prince.

The Dolphins drafted Prince out of Ohio State.

This move was made to clear a spot for another claimed player, Zach Sieler, from the Baltimore Ravens.

Sieler is a defensive tackle and was initially taken by the Ravens in the seventh round of the 2018 Draft.

All these moves, which featured four players being claimed and won off the waiver wire, are apropos of the Dolphins’ 2019 season.

The team has scoured the waiver wire every week with a fine-tooth comb, looking for hidden gems that could be developmental investments.

 

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Miami Dolphins extending Eric Rowe to 3 year deal

Oliver Candido

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This previous offseason saw Miami take multiple chances on free agents by giving 1 year deals, Eric Rowe was one of them.

Coach Flores and co. are familiar with Rowe since they spent some time together in New England. This chance they took on Eric Rowe has now proved to be fruitful for both sides, Rowe has stayed healthy through the season and has played his new role exceedingly well.

With injuries plaguing Bobby McCain and Reshad Jones, a new vacancy was created at the safety position, a vacancy that Rowe would fill very well. Since making the change to safety, and being tasked to take away the opposing team’s tight ends, Rowe has held multiple tight ends to pedestrian numbers. Eric Ebron, Zach Ertz, and Vance McDonald all were relatively ineffective with Rowe shadowing their every move.

Oct 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Eric Rowe (21) breaks up a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald (89) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Rowe has plenty of growing to do as he settles into his new role but the future is bright and the risk is low. Miami signed Rowe to a 3 year deal worth 18 million, a deal that rewards the player but doesn’t hinder the team.

Hopefully more of these 1 year deals and UDFAs prove to be worthwhile projects by the Dolphins, like Rowe has become. Wether you’re flying high after the win over the Eagles or closing your hatches in your tanking approach, stay locked in with us at LockedOnDolphins.com #FinsUp

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Jakeem Grant placed on Injured Reserve

Shawn Digity

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MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Wide Receiver Jakeem Grant headed to Injured Reserve

Jakeem Grant has been added to Injured Reserve per Joe Schad.

This will end Grant’s 2019 season.

It’s been almost a year to the day when Jakeem Grant was placed on IR for the 2018 season.

While Grant’s production wasn’t on par with the first half of the 2018 season, he was still able to unleash some splash plays, like a kick return against the Buffalo Bills in the Week 11 matchup.

The minuscule yet blazing-fast wide receiver had already been fending off injuries for the 2019 season and missed two games this season if you include the Browns game.

Grant sustained a high ankle injury from the Browns game, according to Barry Jackson, and that’s why he left the game early on Sunday.

Jakeem Grant hasn’t been able to notch a lot of production in his four-year career but had shown growth over that span.

Grant did not have a receiving touchdown this year; his only score was the kick return against the Bills.

He tallied 19 receptions for 164 yards.

Grant had signed a contract extension earlier this year that added four years and was valued at up to $24 million.

Wide receiver Isaiah Ford rejoins the team in the corresponding roster move, per Safid Deen.

 

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