Monday, October 25, 2010

Dolphins promote DE Clifton Geathers from practice squad

The Miami Dolphins have replaced defensive end Jared Odrick, who is on injured reserve with a broken foot, on the roster, having activated rookie defensive end Clifton Geathers from the practice squad Saturday.

Geathers made his NFL debut yesterday against the Pittsburgh Steelers wearing No. 62, recording zero tackles in limited action as a reserve defensive end.

Originally a sixth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns out of South Carolina last April, Geathers was waived during final cuts and claimed off waivers by the Dolphins on Sept. 5.

After being inactive in the Dolphins' regular season opener in Buffalo, Geathers was waived on Sept. 14 to make room for re-sign linebacker Erik Walden.

Geathers was re-signed to the practice squad shortly after, but was waived a few days later when linebacker Micah Johnson was re-signed to the practice squad.

The Dolphins again re-signed Geathers to the practice squad on Sept. 22, where he remained until his promotion two days ago.


Analysis

It's no surprise to see Geathers promoted, as he's replacing another defensive end on the roster and the Dolphins typically keep the same amount of depth at the position.

I was a bit surprised to see Geathers get the nod over nose tackle Chris Baker, who has some versatility at end and also has more experience in the Dolphins' defensive scheme, having played under defensive coordinator Mike Nolan in Denver last season.

It was also surprising to see Geathers active during yesterday's game over fellow rookie Rob Rose, considering Rose had already been on the active roster and appeared to be held in slightly higher regard by the organization.

However, it's likely the Dolphins just wanted to give Geathers a chance to get on the field and show what he could do, considering his role wasn't going to have a huge impact on the game anyway.

The son of former NFL defensive tackle Jumpy Geathers and the brother of current Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers, Clifton Geathers is a solid prospect in his own right and has extremely impressive measurables at 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds.

(Coincidentally, the two brothers will face off this coming weekend when the Dolphins travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals in Week 8.)

However, he's already been released from the practice squad once this season and has a handful of more proven players in front of him, so it seems unlikely he'll have much of an impact in 2010.

Geathers is no lock to remain on the active roster through the end of the season, and is simply competing for playing time and the chance to be brought back for training camp in 2011.

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


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