Monday, March 31, 2008

Safety Chris Crocker signed

The Dolphins signed former Browns and Falcons safety Chris Crocker to a one-year contract worth $1.15 million. He is likely to compete for the starting free safety job in Miami's secondary. For more info and analysis, watch the following video. Enjoy!

Analysis Video: Wide receiver Tab Perry signed

On March 16, the Dolphins signed wide receiver Tab Perry. Watch the following video for more info and analysis. Enjoy!

Analysis Video: Cornerback Nathan Jones signed

On March 14, the Dolphins signed cornerback Nathan Jones. Watch the following video for more info and analysis. Enjoy!

Analysis Video: Kicker Dave Rayner signed

On March 12, the Dolphins signed placekicker Dave Rayner. Watch the following video for more info and analysis. Enjoy!

Analysis Video: Safety Keith Davis signed

On March 11, the Dolphins added yet another former Cowboy in safety Keith Davis. Watch the following video for more info and analysis. Enjoy!

Analysis Video: Safety Yeremiah Bell re-signed

As promised, here is the first of six videos of mine catching back up on all the Miami transactions I've missed thus far. This first one is on the re-signing of strong safety Yeremiah Bell, which happened in early March. (Don't know how I missed this one!) Enjoy!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Safety Chris Crocker signed...handful of analysis videos up by tomorrow

First off, the Dolphins have signed former Browns and Falcons safety Chris Crocker to one-year deal. The more competition in the Dolphins' secondary, the better in my mind.

The Crocker signing will be just one of six roster moves I'll be analyzing by tomorrow as I catch back up on my content, so be sure to check back today and tomorrow for that!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Apologies for lack of recent content

First off, let me apologize for being so behind on my analysis of Miami's most recent signings. I am still missing a handful of them, and I need to catch back up.

Unfortunately, school comes first and things have been pretty busy in that department of late. This week especially has been particularly hectic with exams every day of the week. Fortunately, things should cool down a bit after today.

As a result, I should be able to bang out 4-5 analysis videos in the coming days. By my count, I still have to do videos for the signings of Keith Davis, Dave Rayner, Nathan Jones and Tab Perry. Plus, I forgot to do a video for the re-signing of Yeremiah Bell a long time ago so I'd like to get that one done as well.

So again, sorry for the lack of content of late, but be sure to check back over the weekend as I will definitely have some new stuff up.

Friday, March 21, 2008

ERFAs Camarillo, Cobbs and Ndukwe re-signed

The Dolphins re-signed all their remaining exclusive-rights free agents today as wide receiver Greg Camarillo, running back Patrick Cobbs and guard Ike Ndukwe signed their one-year tenders.

Exclusive-rights free agents are players with fewer than three accrued NFL seasons whose contracts had expired. As ERFAs, the three had no negotiating rights with other teams and could only re-sign with the Dolphins or not play football in 2008.

Background & Analysis

Camarillo was claimed off waivers from the Chargers prior to the season opener in 2007. He appeared in 15 games for the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also made three special teams tackles.

Despite his heroics in Miami's only win of the season, Camarillo will face stiff competition to make the team. Assuming Miami keeps five receivers, Ernest Wilford, Ted Ginn, Jr. and Derek Hagan are all locks or close to it. Miami could also draft a receiver in the first three rounds which one take up another spot, while players like Tab Perry and David Kircus are more talented receivers than Camarillo. He will likely be in competition with Perry, Kircus, Kerry Reed, Chandler Williams and a couple drafted and undrafted rookies for the last receiver spot. His special teams abilities will help his chances.

Cobbs has nearly all of the past two seasons with the Dolphins after going undrafted in 2006. He is a sub-par rusher and a solid special teams player, and would likely begin the season as fourth on the depth chart at running back if camp opened today. A few more bodies will likely come through cheap free agents or undrafted rookies, and Cobbs will have to earn his spot on the roster with all-around good play. Slowed rehabilitation for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams would help Cobbs' chances, but he's still going to have his hands full.

Ike Ndukwe was signed by the Dolphins off Baltimore's practice squad in late December after cornerback Andre' Goodman was placed on injured reserve. He was inactive for the season finale against Cincinnati. The 25-year-old Ndukwe has also spent time with the New Orleans Saints Washington Redskins and has bounced between the active roster and practice squad throughout his career. His only regular season game experience came in 2006 with Baltimore. He is also the older brother of Bengals safety Chinedum Ndukwe.

Ndukwe (6-4, 338) is the kind of big-bodied offensive lineman that Parcells loves. He also has a few years of learning experience and is a solid run blocker. Miami is currently lacking a starting left guard, but Ndukwe likely won't get much of a chance at the role. He is, one of only three guards on the roster after Justin Smiley and should have a good chance to compete for a reserve role with Trey Darilek and Drew Mormino, but Miami is likely to add more competition before camp.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Updated depth chart and new jersey numbers

The Dolphins signed two more players today - safety Keith Davis and placekicker Dave Rayner. While I won't get to an analysis video of them until tomorrow, I've updated my projected depth chart to included them. It is now completely up-to-date. It can be viewed here.

Also, the Dolphins' official site has updated the team's roster and has added jersey numbers for all of the team's free agent additions. Here is a list of all the new/changed numbers:

#2 - Brandon Fields (changes from #4 to accommodate Josh McCown)
#4 - Josh McCown (takes Brandon Fields' old number)
#16 - Dave Rayner (most recently worn by practice squad wide receiver Marvin Allen)
#11 - Chandler Williams (changed from #18 to accommodate Ernest Wilford)
#18 - Ernest Wilford (takes Chandler Williams' old number)
#28 - Keith Davis (most recently worn by running back Jes se Chatman)
#56 - Charlie Anderson (most recently worn by linebacker Derrick Pope)
#59 - Reggie Torbor (most recently worn by linebacker Donnie Spragan)
#65 - Justin Smiley (most recently worn by offensive tackle Julius Wilson, who has switched to #78)
#84 - Ernest Wilford (most recently worn by wide receiver Chris Chambers)
#85 - David Kircus (most recently worn by tight end Jason Rader)
#89 - Sean Ryan (most recently worn by tight end Tim Massaquoi)
#94 - Randy Starks (most recently worn by defensive tackle Keith Traylor)
#95 - Jason Ferguson (most recently worn by defensive lineman Chase Page)

Phins Spotlight returns from spring break with a bang!

Sorry for the lack of content of late - I was on spring break and kind of busy with some stuff. When I last published, I was still lacking analysis on a handful of free agent signings from the Dolphins' early spending spree. But fear not my dear readers, because I've caught up and have four new analysis videos on all the players I hadn't done. So here there are, and enjoy!

Josh McCown

Boomer Grigsby

Randy Starks

Reggie Torbor

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Holy analysis videos, Batman!

I've finally got some analysis videos up for you on Miami's new roster additions. Here are videos on the signings of Justin Smiley, Ernest Wilford, Charlie Anderson, and Sean Ryan, as well as the acquisition of Jason Ferguson. The rest should come today. Enjoy!

Smiley & Wilford:


Ryan & Anderson:

Related articles:
-2008 Offseason Preview: Wide Receivers
-2008 Offseason Preview: Tight Ends
-2008 Offseason Preview: Centers & Guards
-Every free agent with Parcells/Ireland history

Saturday, March 1, 2008

One-line analysis and update on team's free agents

Since it's going to take a few hours to get some videos done and uploaded, I've decided to provide a little one-sentence analysis on each of Miami's additions. I should have at least three videos up tonight.

  • OG Justin Smiley (49ers) - Great addition of a talented young blocker that fills a huge need on the offensive line.
  • TE Sean Ryan (Jets) - Solid blocker to compete for a backup job.
  • LB Reggie Torbor (Giants) - Good third linebacker that can start if necessary.
  • DT Jason Ferguson (Cowboys) - Not a long-term fix, but came at a good price and fills an immediate need.
  • DE Randy Starks (Titans) - talented, young player that should fit well at end in the 3-4.
  • WR Ernest Wilford (Jaguars) - Underrated player that adds experience, reliability and provides a good complement to Ginn.
  • QB Josh McCown (Raiders) - Sufficient short-term fix at quarterback until a long-term guy emerges or is found.
  • LB Charlie Anderson (Texans) - Excellent special teams guy that will provide depth at inside linebacker.
Also, here is an update on Miami's own free agents this offseason:

Unrestricted Free Agents
  • SS Yeremiah Bell
  • RB Jesse Chatman
  • OG Rex Hadnot
  • CB Michael Lehan (re-signed)
  • QB Cleo Lemon (Jaguars)
  • OG Chris Liwienski
  • OG Gene Mruczkowski
  • LB Derrick Pope
  • OT Mike Rosenthal
  • FS Lance Schulters
  • LB Donnie Spragan
  • SS Travares Tillman

Restricted Free Agents
  • RB Samkon Gado (not tendered)
  • OL Cory Lekkerkerker (not tendered)
Exclusive-Rights Free Agents
  • WR Greg Camarillo (tendered)
  • RB Patrick Cobbs (tendered)
  • OG Ike Ndukwe (tendered)
  • DL Chase Page (not tendered)
Because they were not tendered contracts, Gado, Lekkerkerker, and Page are now unrestricted free agents and can sign with any team.

Three or four videos coming at ya today!

With the dust finally starting to settle on Miami's initial free agency shopping spree, I can finally get out some analysis videos on some of the moves. I'll be doing three or four today, so I'll probably get the acquisitions of Justin Smiley, Jason Ferguson and Ernest Wilford today. So keep checking back and I'll have some first-class analysis coming at ya!