Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dolphins sign OG Ray Feinga to practice squad

The Miami Dolphins continued to shuffle their practice squad this week, signing rookie guard Ray Feinga while waiving guard Nevin McCaskill.

McCaskill departs the Dolphins less than a week after signing with the team. He originally joined the practice squad on Dec. 11, replacing cornerback Will Billingsley.

An undrafted rookie from BYU, Feinga spent time with the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers prior to the regular season.

Background

Utah's Mr. Football in 2003, Feinga attended Brigham Young University and red-shirted as a true freshman in 2004.

Feinga appeared in eight games for the Cougars in 2005, starting one game against the New Mexico Lobos. He played in 13 games as a sophomore in 2006, starting 10 at left guard.

Feinga started 10 of 13 games for the Cougars in 2007 and all 13 games as a senior in 2008, earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors both seasons.

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Feinga signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent on April 27. His contract was disallowed by the league on May 7, though he was officially on May 19. He was waived by the team on July 1.

Feinga was then signed by the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 13. After appearing in the team's final two preseason games, Feinga was waived during final cuts on Sept. 5.

As a practice squad player, Feinga will earn $5,200 per week on a one-year contract. He is eligible to be signed to another team's active roster at any time and will become a free agent in the 2010 offseason if he finishes the year on the team's practice squad.

Analysis

Feinga has the size you look for in a mauling interior offensive lineman, but he doesn't really play like it all the time. He has solid quickness and technique, but struggled against top competition at the collegiate level and isn't a force in the running game.

Like McCaskill before him, Feinga will work at the guard spot during practice. Most of his experience comes on the left side, so he seems like a good candidate to help spell Justin Smiley, who has been banged up all season.

Feinga is a project who really only has a ceiling as a reserve NFL lineman, and he may never reach that point. He's on a day-to-day basis with the team and is trying to make enough of an impression to earn a spot on the 80-man offseason roster in 2010.