Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dolphins sign G Riley, waive T Wilson

The Dolphins made another pair of roster moves today, adding free agent guard Rueben Riley while waiving second-year offensive tackle Julius Wilson.

A college teammate of Dolphins rookies Jake Long and Chad Henne at Michigan, the 23-year-old Riley was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He failed to make the cut following the preseason, but was added to the team's practice squad. Re-signed this offseason, Riley waived by the team on July 23.

Wilson, 24, was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of UAB last year. He spent the entire season on the practice squad before being re-signed this offseason. He was expected to compete for a backup tackle job in camp.

While there's no apparent talent loss with this move, the curious thing about it is that it leaves the Dolphins with only three listed tackles on the roster (Long, Vernon Carey, Daren Heerspink). I emphasize listed because obviously there are other players on the team with tackle experience, such as Trey Darilek. In fact after a little investigation, it appears Riley (6-4, 305) played right tackle his senior season at Michigan. With the undrafted Heerspink headlining the backup offensive tackles, one has to assume there are other guys on the roster that will get looks there as well.

All in all, this seems like a solid (though not hugely significant) signing. Riley has plenty of experience at a college powerhouse (37 games, 27 starts from 2003-2006) and clearly has some versatility as well. With plenty of bodies at guard, it will definitely take some of that versatility for him, or anyone, to secure a roster spot. He should not be considered likely to make the team at this point.