Friday, December 11, 2009

Dolphins bring back CB Evan Oglesby; make other roster moves

The Miami Dolphins made a handful of roster moves Thursday, re-signing cornerback Evan Oglesby to the active roster while adding guard Nevin McCaskill to the practice squad.

To make room for those players, offensive tackle Lydon Murtha was placed on season-ending injured reserve with an ankle injury, and cornerback Will Billingsley was released from the practice squad.

Evan Oglesby

Oglesby returns for his second stint with the Dolphins in less than a month and hopes to remain on the active roster for a game this time around.

Originally signed on Nov. 24, Oglesby was waived four days later to make room for practice squad defensive end Ryan Baker after an injured to defensive end Lionel Dotson.

An undrafted free agent out of North Alabama in 2005, Oglesby originally signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent but did not make the team out of training camp.

After two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Oglesby spent the 2007 season with the Dallas Cowboys. He returned to Baltimore in 2008, but was waived prior to the 2009 season.

Oglesby will wear No. 41 in Miami and will serve as the fifth cornerback. He will likely be inactive on game days until he gets a little more practice experience with the team, though he has a chance to surpass Jason Allen on the defensive depth chart before season's end.

Lydon Murtha

A rookie offensive tackle out of Nebraska, Murtha heads to I.R. with an ankle injury suffered in practice.

Originally a seventh-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2009, Murtha was signed to the Dolphins' roster off the Lions' practice squad on Oct. 20 when the team waived guard Shawn Murphy.

Serving as the third-string left tackle behind Jake Long and Andrew Gardner, Murtha appeared in the Dolphins' Week 10 contest against Tampa Bay, but had otherwise been inactive on game days since joining the team.

Murtha is under contract through the 2010 season at the league minimum and is a solid tackle prospect who also projects at guard, so he should return to the team next year and compete for a backup job on the roster.

Nevin McCaskill

An offensive tackle and college teammate of Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford at Hampton, McCaskill earned Second-Team All-MEAC honors as as junior in 2005.

McCaskill went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft and signed with the Buffalo Bills on July 29. He was waived prior to the regular season and spent parts of the 2007 season on the team's practice squad.

After failing to make the Bills' roster out of training camp in 2008, McCaskill was a free agent until being signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad on Oct. 21. He remained there until being signed to the Green Bay Packers' active roster on Dec. 11.

McCaskill did not appear in a game for the Packers in 2008, and was eventually waived on June 24, 2009. He signed with the New York Jets on July 6, but was waived during final cuts on Sept. 5.

McCaskill will wear No. 69 for the Dolphins and will serve as a reserve guard during practice. He is unlikely to be activated this season, but could be brought back to compete for a roster spot in 2010.

Will Billingsley

Billingsley departs the Dolphins after nearly two years of time on the practice squad.

Originally signed as a street free agent in early 2008 (he went undrafted and unsigned out of North Carolina A&T all of 2007), Billingsley spent most of his rookie season on the team's practice squad. He was swapped a handful of times with nose tackle Anthony Toribio, but was eventually retained for the remainder of the season once Toribio signed with Green Bay.

Billingsley again failed to make the team in 2009 and had spent the entire regular season on the team's practice squad.

An extremely borderline pro prospect, Billingsley is not lock to attract NFL attention elsewhere. He could be brought back to the practice squad if the Dolphins need another practice body at cornerback, but his long-term prospects are bleak at best.