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Miami Dolphins Thursday Roster Moves

Travis Wingfield

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The Dolphins announced several roster moves on Thursday morning as the team completes phase-one of voluntary OTAs. The Dolphins will return to the practice field next Monday (May 20).

Dec 10, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Nate Orchard (44) celebrates a sack during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Miami signed four-year veteran defensive end/linebacker Nate Orchard, previously of the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns. Orchard will compete for reps on Miami’s crowded, yet underwhelming, front-seven.

The offensive line saw some considerable shuffling on Thursday as well. The Dolphins waived injured Guard Isaac Asiata. Asiata, a fifth-round pick in 2017, never earned regular season reps despite some shoddy offensive line play in front of him.

Purdue Undrafted Free Agent Kirk Barron was signed at the conclusion of Miami’s rookie minicamp over the weekend. Barron’s Dolphins tenure is cut shot after just four days.

In place of Asiata and Barron the Dolphins signed Tony Adams and Kyle Fuller.

Adams was an undrafted free agent in 2018, signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, before eventually landing on the Patriots practice squad.

Fuller, a two-year NFL veteran, played two games for Washington last season and nine more for Houston in 2017.

After signing Ricardo Louis in April, the Dolphins placed the receiver on injured reserve today. Louis suffered a neck injury in 2017, didn’t play in 2018, and now will sit out the 2019 season as well.

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Miami Dolphins Sign Tight End Michael Roberts

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Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are beginning to bulk up the depth of their roster as they head into free agency.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed tight end Michael Roberts. The exact terms of the contract are currently unknown.

Originally a 4th-round pick by the Detroit Lions, Roberts has served mostly as a backup tight end; accumulating 146 yards on 13 receptions in 23 active games between 2017-2018.

Roberts was placed on injured-reserve towards the end of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, and was traded to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick prior to the 2019 season. Due to medical reasons, the trade was voided a couple of days later.

The Green Bay Packers claimed Roberts off of waivers, but he was subsequently released by the Packers two days later for failing a physical. Roberts was not active for any games in 2019.

Signing Roberts doesn’t necessarily mean the Dolphins aren’t going to pursue tight ends in free agency or in the draft. Mike Gesicki is the only “lock” to make the 2020 roster, as Durham Smythe‘s blocking ability might not survive if the Dolphins find themselves in an advantageous situation at the position.

Look at this as a way for Miami to get ahead of evaluations.

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X Off The Hook… For Now – Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

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Dolphins fans looked at their social media accounts in shock late last year, as headlines popped up on their screens which stated that Pro-Bowl CB, Xavien Howard, had been charged with allegations of domestic violence.

Things seemed warming up for the fan-favourite and lockdown cornerback, with the recent audio release of a 911 call made by Howard’s fiancée which intimated that he had a history of physical outbursts.

It is being widely reported today, that any formal charges to made against Xavien Howard have been dropped.

Whilst this might mean that Xavien will no longer face any legal processing over the allegation, there is still the very real likelihood that he may face NFL discipline in terms of a fine or suspension following the league’s own investigation.

Dropping of the legal charges isn’t confirmation that Howard is innocent of any wrongdoing, and perhaps time will give an indication as to the extent of the truth behind the initial allegations once the NFL – and even Brian Flores – has decided to take any action and impose any punishment.

In May 2019 the Miami Dolphins agreed to a record-setting 5 year contract extension for Howard in May 2019, worth over $75m – which made him the highest paid CB in the league – setting him to be an integral part of their defensive future and overall team leadership.

For now, fans should hope that the legal proceedings were dropped for the right reasons, but any information at this stage regarding the situation is likely to be kept in-house between the league office and Dolphins’ HQ.

It should – however – be another thing for fans to keep a close eye on, in what will inevitably be a busy off-season for the Dolphins.

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Gerald Alexander Named Miami Dolphins Defensive Backs Coach

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Image Credit: Lianne Frick / The Daily Californian

The Miami Dolphins have found a new defensive backs coach after promoting Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator.

According to George Wrighster III, creator of the Unafraid Show, Gerald Alexander has been hired to be the new Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach.

Previously serving as the University of California (Cal) defensive backs coach, Alexander has recently began ascending the coaching ladder after a moderate playing career.

Contrary to previous coaching maneuvers made by Brian Flores, which saw the team bring on three former coaches from the 2016 New York Jets squad (that went 5-11) – one of which is new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who just turned 68 – Alexander is coming from a successful Cal defense and will be 36 years young by the time the 2020 season begins.

Though his resume may not have much depth, his potential may be worth investing in.

Early speculation is the addition of Alexander may also mean the possible addition of Ashtyn Davis, who played safety for Cal and is projected to be an early-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Ironically, Alexander was active for two games with the Dolphins back in 2011. He did not record any stats.

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