Miami Dolphins claim former Saints CB Ken Crawley, waive Isaiah Ford
The Miami Dolphins have made another roster move. They have claimed the former Saints corner, Ken Crawley.
In a corresponding move to make room for Crawley, the Dolphins waived wide receiver, Isaiah Ford.
Crawley went to the waiver wire since h had less than four vested years in the league. Since he was subject to claims, the order is then based on the teams’ records. Since the Dolphins currently have the second-worst record in the league, they had a high priority in the waiver wire order.
Crawly was claimed to add help to the cornerback group, who saw its best player– Xavien Howard– land on Injured Reserve after leaving the Monday Night Football against the Steelers.
Howard is done for the rest of the season, so some cornerback help was a necessity.
Crawley spent four years with the Saints after they signed him in the spring of 2019. He signed a one-year contract earlier this year worth a little over $2 million.
This move comes on the coattails of another cornerback move on Tuesday when the Dolphins also claimed Xavier Crawford after cutting tight end, Nick O’Leary.
The Miami Dolphins confirmed the Ken Crawley and Isaiah Ford transactions on Twitter.
We been awarded cornerback Ken Crawley off waivers from New Orleans and waived wide receiver Isaiah Ford.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 30, 2019
Should the Miami Dolphins put in a claim on CB Vernon Hargreaves?
MIAMI (Locked on Dolphins) – Should the Miami Dolphins put in a claim on CB Vernon Hargreaves?
Adam Schefter broke the news earlier on Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have parted ways with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
Buccaneers released former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2019
Since Hargreaves was drafted in the 2016 Draft, he has less than four vested seasons, which means he’ll be added to the waiver wire.
Now, this is the part where Dolphins fans and analysts can start to speculate on the former first-rounder out of Florida.
Does it make sense for the Dolphins to put in a claim on Hargreaves?
The short answer is yes. Here’s why.
The Dolphins, as they are refranchising, should sniff around the league for talent in creative ways. They gave that method a chance when claiming Robert Nkemdiche, and it didn’t work out in that instance, but hidden gems can be found.
With the circumstance surrounding the team’s 2-7 record, they have the luxury–maybe even the obligation– to look for down-on-their-luck yet talented players who have been waived or cut.
There’s no denying Hargreaves’ talent. He’s still very young but has 3.5 years of NFL experience under his belt. But sometimes teams and players aren’t a great fit together, and that seems to be the case for Hargreaves and the Bucs. A change of pace seemed to be necessary for both Hargreaves and the Bucs, which was hinted at by the Bucs’ front office.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ General Manager Jason Licht addressed Hargreaves’ release to the press.
“After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, Coach Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change,” said Licht. “Decisions such as this are always difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward.”
It’s worth mentioning that the Dolphins might not be a shoo-in for Hargreaves, though. There are other teams in front of them in the waiver wire order, which is constructed in the same fashion as the draft order.
Teams like the Bengals, Redskins, and Giants–all who have a better projected draft pick than the Dolphins– will have their chance to place in a bid for the cornerback’s services.
If the Miami Dolphins land Hargreaves, then some comfort can be found in the coaching staff’s ability to awaken more of his innate talent. The Dolphins have already impressed with their cornerback development. What the coaches have done to help teach and improve Nik Needham, Eric Rowe, and Jomal Wiltz speaks volumes.
Vernon Hargreaves could find a new home in Miami to get a change of scenery, and the Dolphins staff would be one of the better places for him to go to re-energize his career.
It would be a boon for both parties. And there’s nothing to lose by putting in a claim.
It’s a no-brainer.
Dolphins cut Robert Nkemdiche, sign De’Lance Turner, Marcus Sherels
MIAMI (Locked On Dolphins) – Miami Dolphins Roster Moves: November 5, 2019
The Miami Dolphins have updated their roster by waiving the fourth-year defensive lineman, Robert Nkemdiche.
The Dolphins initially claimed him off the waiver wire earlier this season in hopes of giving the former first-rounder a change of scenery.
It was a reclamation project for the team after the Arizona Cardinals released him in late July.
Nkemdiche was activated off the PUP list in October and was active for two games.
Nkemdiche’s Dolphins tenure was short-lived, and it didn’t work out in the team’s favor this time, but, luckily, it was a no-cost maneuver, so nothing was lost.
The Miami Dolphins also added a new running back and cornerback, De’Lance Turner and Marcus Sherels, respectively.
The moves came after Preston Williams was added to the season-ending IR, and Mark Walton was handed a four-game suspension based on his violations against the league’s substance abuse policies.
De’Lance Turner is in his second year in the league and has spent most of his career in an add-and-drop oscillation with the Ravens.
Marcus Sherels, on the other hand, is in his 10th year.
He spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings before getting cut in the latter part of October.
He should bring a boost to the return game while taking over some of those duties in Preston William’s absence.
We have signed cornerback Marcus Sherels and running back De’Lance Turner. We have also waived defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and placed wide receiver Preston Williams on injured reserve.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 5, 2019
Preston Williams Suffers Season-Ending Injury; Mark Walton Suspended
Tank supporters worried about the relative success of the Miami Dolphins’ offensive display against the New York Jets might be able to relax just a little.
Preston Williams, who had quickly been developing into one of the brightest spots on the team entering the league as an undrafted free agent, suffered a knee injury on a punt return during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 26-18 victory.
An MRI scan on Monday confirmed a torn ACL, ending his debut season.
Williams had shown flashes of playmaking ability, hauling in 32 catches for 428 yards and 3 TD through the first 8 games.
Whilst Williams will likely undergo surgery and extensive rehabilitation in order to prepare him for the 2020 season, the impact of this injury upon his development should not be understated. Alongside a reel of highlight plays, Williams has had a number of drops and will now only see mental reps until the team takes to field in training camp – possibly with a new quarterback.
Discussing the loss of a key piece of the WR group, Brian Flores stated “He’s done an incredible job, really. He came to us as a free agent and has really grown over the last six months, seven months. I was devastated for the kid. He was as well, but I told him this is just a bump in the road. He’ll be back. I believe if he attacks his rehab and training like he did from the time he got here, he’ll be just fine. He can be a very good player in the league, but it’s up to him. There’s a lot of players in this league with a lot of potential, a lot of talent. But it’s up to him to put in the work, the preparation, the training, the diet, the sleep – all of it, it all counts. I think he’s definitely on the right track to get the most of of his talent and ability. In some cases a setback is a good thing, allow him to train and lock in on all those other things a little bit earlier than he would have if he’d played the entire season. I think that’s the kind of approach he needs to take on it.”
A short time later, a further blow to Miami’s offensive group landed, as it was announced that starting RB, Mark Walton is to receive an immediate 4-game suspension imposed by the league, stemming from a number of off-season arrests in violation of the NFL’s conduct policy.
Statement from Head Coach Brian Flores on the suspension of Mark Walton. pic.twitter.com/7LxKyimD4M
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 4, 2019
The proximity of the suspension news to the trade of Kenyan Drake last week means it is likely that the Dolphins were already aware of the situation. Expect them to place more reliance on Kalen Ballage (who has largely underwhelmed so far in 2019) and rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin.
Neither Gaskin nor Laird have seen any regular season playing time and Kalen Ballage had seen his role reduce after a number of poor performances. He currently has 35 rushes for 70 yards (2.0 YPC) and 2 TDs – his 231lb frame being the preferred option at the goal line.
Ballage also has 4 catches on 12 targets (33.3% catch rate) for 40 yards, which is a concern considering how Miami wishes to implement the running backs in the passing game.
For those fans viewing 2019 as an extended pre-season, the Dolphins will no get a chance to see what future potential exists in their fresh-faced RB room, starting next Sunday on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.
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