Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dolphins sign CB Kevin Hobbs; make other roster moves

It was a busy day for the Miami Dolphins two days before their preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as the Dolphins made roster moves involving four different players on Thursday.

Newly-added to the Dolphins' roster are cornerback Kevin Hobbs, who was signed as a free agent, and guard Ray Feinga, who re-joins the team after being released at the beginning of training camp following a minor car wreck.

Hobbs' signing comes just one day after the Dolphins worked out free-agent cornerbacks Matterral Richardson and Frank Walker.

On the departure side, cornerback Evan Oglesby has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with an ankle injury, while wide receiver Taurus Johnson has been waived.

Oglesby began training camp on the non-football illness list and had his contract terminated on Aug. 3, only to be re-signed two days later.

Undrafted out of USF in 2009, Johnson spent time on the Dolphins' practice squad last season but was buried in the depth chart in camp.

Kevin Hobbs

A Tampa native, Hobbs played his college football at Auburn and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2006. However, he was waived at the end of the preseason.

Hobbs spent part of the 2006 season on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons and was re-signed the following offseason, only to be waived on May 2, 2007.

The Seahawks re-signed Hobbs three days after his release from the Falcons and opened the regular season on the team's practice squad. He went on to appear in six games and record six tackles, a forced fumble, and pass deflection.

Hobbs appeared in 14 games as a reserve cornerback and special-teams player for the Seahawks in 2008, totaling six tackles.

Let go by the Seahawks during final cuts in 2009, Hobbs was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions and went on to play in 14 games (two starts) for the team. He recorded a career-high 37 tackles while adding a forced fumble and pass deflection.

The Lions released Hobbs on April 16, 2010, making him a free agent. He will wear No. 41 with the Dolphins, which coincidentally was worn by Oglesby in 2009.

Analysis

After a bit of confusion between myself and some of the Dolphins' media, I've come to the conclusion that, despite not being exposed to waivers before going on I.R., Oglesby is not counting toward the Dolphins' 80-man roster.

The Dolphins' have 78 players active with today's moves, plus Phillip Merling (non-football injury) and A. J. Edds (I.R.) who are both counting as well. That makes 80, so there is no room for Oglesby.

Regardless, Oglesby's injury is likely minor, and he will probably be released with an injury settlement in time.

As for Hobbs, the only way he makes the regular season roster is if someone goes down with an injury. Will Allen has been slowed in his recovery from a torn ACL, but he'll be on the active roster unless he goes on season-ending injured reserve.

Hobbs is a borderline NFL talent at best, and I don't see him pushing a quality special-teamer like Jason Allen or a promising rookie like Nolan Carroll off the roster.

Feinga returns for another look with the Dolphins, but missing time didn't help and he was a long shot to begin with. He has little chance of cracking the Dolphins' very-crowded guard spot.

As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions.


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