Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dolphins promote Ryan Baker to active roster

Still in need of defensive end depth despite the signing of Lionel Dotson earlier this week, the Miami Dolphins have promoted second-year defensive lineman Ryan Baker from the practice squad.

To make room for Baker on the active roster, the Dolphins waived defensive end Rob Rose, who was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 5.

This will be Baker's second stint on the Dolphins' active roster since he was originally signed as an undrafted free agent from Purdue in 2009.

After spending the first 11 weeks of his rookie season on the practice squad, Baker was promoted to the active roster on Nov. 28 of last year and recorded two tackles and half a sack in his NFL debut.

Now, Baker will join fellow backups Dotson and Tony McDaniel attempt to fill the void of starting right end Jared Odrick, who is out at least a few weeks with a fractured fibula.


Analysis

This is a logical move for the Dolphins, who need all the help they can get replacing Odrick as they prepare to face a tough opponent in the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow.

While Rose is a borderline NFL prospect that is not yet ready to contribute at the NFL level, Baker has a decent amount of experience in the Dolphins' system and a quality reserve.

Baker should dress against the Vikings on Sunday and figure into the rotation on the defensive line, helping keep everyone less fatigued as the game wears on.

While he will likely focus on defensive end tomorrow due to Odrick's injury, Baker also has worked plenty at nose tackle and provides depth at that position as well.

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


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