Thursday, August 6, 2009

Miami Dolphins make fullback swap; OT SirVincent Rogers leaves team

Despite already being under the 80-man roster limit, the Miami Dolphins made a minor roster move today, swapping out second-year fullback Chris Brown for undrafted rookie Matt Quillen.

Background

Brown, a second-year converted tight end out of Tennessee, was a member of Miami's practice squad for the final part of last season after being let go by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was re-signed to a future contract by the Dolphins in January.

Quillen (6-0, 250) joins the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie out of New Mexico. He spent the past 3+ seasons starting at fullback for the Lobos, gaining a reputation as one of the conference's top lead blockers. He finished his collegiate career with 131 rushing yards, 105 receiving yards and one rushing touchdown.

Quillen, who wore No. 31 for the Lobos, will don No. 40 in Miami.

Analysis

Brown had little chance to make the active roster, as Lousaka Polite is pretty much entrenched as the starting fullback and the staff prefers to only keep one player active at the position.

Unfortunately for Quillen, the same goes for him. He has little chance of unseating Polite barring an absolutely exceptional camp showing, and is really competing for a spot on the practice squad. That is definitely an attainable goal however, since the team only keeps one on the active roster and prefers to have a backup on the practice squad.

If Quillen wants to be that guy, however, he is going to have to show he has potential at fullback as well as make his mark on special teams. An undrafted rookie going this long without being signed typically isn't a good thing, and it could mean Quillen is an extremely borderline pro prospect. There very well might be a fullback on the practice squad, but by no means does Quillen have that gig secured.

SirVincent Rogers leaves team

According to Armando Salguero, undrafted rookie offensive tackle SirVincent Rogers is gone after leaving the team. Interestingly, Sparano says Rogers left during the team's practice, which pretty much makes it impossible for Rogers to change his mind as the staff won't be having that sort of behavior from an undrafted rookie.

The loss of Rogers isn't very significant, as he had little chance of beating out Andrew Gardner or Nate Garner for a backup tackle job anyway. Not to mention, if his heart isn't into pursuing a professional career, he really had no shot.

The Dolphins' official website has deleted Rogers from the roster, but I'm holding off for a bit so I can find out for sure what happened. It is possible they did outright waive him, but since he opted to leave the team, Miami has the option of placing him on the Reserve/Left Squad list.

Such a move would still give the Dolphins an extra roster spot, but would also allow Miami to retain Rogers' rights should he ever come back. It would also prevent Rogers from forcing his way off the roster and signing with another team. (This is similar to why tight end Jared Bronson was placed on the Did Not Report list rather than simply released.)

Regardless of what was done with him, Rogers is no longer counting toward the Dolphins' 80-man roster limit. The roster spot vacated by wide receiver Brennan Marion, who reverted to injured reserve today as I explained would happen, has also not been filled. Thus, the Dolphins only have 78 players on their 80-man roster and have two open spots they can fill.