Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dolphins sign TE Haynos, waive RB Parmele; make practice squad moves

Despite dominating the New England Patriots in Week 3, the Dolphins continue to shuffle their roster leading into their bye week. On the active roster, the team waived rookie running back Jalen Parmele and signed tight end Joey Haynos off the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers.

Additionally, the Dolphins released tight end Drew Atchison and cornerback Will Billingsley from their practice squad. Former Jets guard Matt McChesney was added to the practice squad yesterday, while Parmele was re-signed to the practice squad today after clearing waivers.

Joey Haynos

An undrafted free agent out of Maryland, Haynos caught five passes for 51 yards with the Packers during the 2008 preseason. However, he lost out to third-round pick Jermichael Finley for the No. 3 tight end job and was waived at the end of the preseason. (Haynos was not necessarily outplayed, as it was reported that the only thing saving Finley from being cut was his draft status.) Haynos was re-signed to the practice squad the following day and spent the first three weeks of the regular season there.

Haynos gives the Dolphins three tight ends for the second time this season. The team initially carried three to begin the season with Sean Ryan filling that spot for the season opener before being waived on September 12. (For the record, Ryan has since signed with the Saints.) The Dolphins went with two tight ends against the Cardinals and Patriots.

Because Haynos was signed off the Packers' practice squad, he must remain on the Dolphins' active roster for the next three weeks. He will serve as the No. 3 tight end behind Anthony Fasano and David Martin and will wear No. 81, which was previously worn by a tight end the Dolphins should never have released.

As far as a scouting report goes, Haynos has excellent size (6-foot-8, 270 pounds) with good hands (his 30 receptions were second most on the Terps in 2007.) He's a solid blocker but needs to refine his technique and get more experience.

Practice squad moves

As expected, the Dolphins re-signed Parmele to their practice squad a day after waiving him. It's little surprise to see Parmele cut here, as the rookie sixth-rounder was inactive for the team's first three games of the season and buried on the depth chart behind Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and Patrick Cobbs.

Parmele is a strong candidate to be promoted to the active roster at some point this season, regardless of injury to other backs. The Dolphins now have two running backs on the practice squad as Parmele joins fellow sixth-rounder Lex Hilliard, who has been on the practice squad since the regular season began.

To make room for Parmele, the Dolphins released cornerback Will Billingsley from the practice squad. Billingsley was the obvious odd man out in a six-man race for the five cornerback spots in the preseason. He could be re-signed to the practice squad at some point, but isn't close to getting on an active roster.

New to the organization is practice squad guard Matt McChesney. He replaces tight end Drew Atchison on the practice squad, who was signed last week but became expendable with the addition of a third tight end (Haynos) to the active roster.

A converted defensive tackle, the 26-year-old McChesney was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado in 2005 but did not make the team. He was signed to the Jets' practice squad late during the 2005 season and promoted to the active roster in December, seeing action in three games and recording three tackles.

In 2006, the Jets converted McChesney to the offensive line and began working him at guard. He spent the 2006 season on the practice squad and was an All-NFL Europa selection for the Frankfurt Galaxy during the 2007 offseason. McChesney spent the 2007 season on the NFL Europa Non-Football Injury list and was waived by the Jets at the conclusion of the preseason in 2008.

McChesney is a project and has never seen an NFL active roster since moving to the offensive line. As the Dolphins currently have 10 offensive lineman, there's no guarantee McChesney sees the active roster any time soon. He will wear No. 60 in practice, which was worn by offensive lineman Mike Byrne during camp.