Friday, October 1, 2010

Dolphins re-sign Andrew Hartline to practice squad

The Dolphins have brought back a familiar face on the offensive line, re-signing second-year player Andrew Hartline to the practice squad Thursday.

Hartline replaced guard Ray Feinga, who was promoted to the active roster yesterday due to Tony McDaniel's one-game suspension this week.

A three-time All-MAC selection as an offensive tackle at Central Michigan,  Hartline signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 but was waived before the regular season.

Hartline was originally signed to the Dolphins' practice squad in September of last year and promoted to the active roster in November. He spent six games on the active roster but did not appear in a game.

Waived by the Dolphins during final cuts, Hartline returns to give the Dolphins depth at center and guard in practice. He will presumably wear No. 60 once again and should primarily work behind center Joe Berger.


Analysis

While he doesn't offer much upside, Hartline is a useful guy to have on the practice squad because of his position versatility. He played plenty of tackle in college, and has worked extensively at guard and center since entering the NFL.

I don't have many expectations for Hartline, however, and I'd be surprised if he lasted on the practice squad all season. He spent nearly a month as a free agent after being cut by the Dolphins on Sept. 4 and just doesn't have a lot of potential.

What Hartline will do during his stint in Miami is provide a backup to starting center Joe Berger in practice. Guard Cory Procter has experience at center and is much better at it than Hartline, but Procter is also tasked with backup up Richie Incognito at left guard and has been working some at right guard with starter John Jerry ill.

If I had to guess, I'd expect the Dolphins' first-team interior line in practice to be, from left to right, Incognito-Berger-McQuistan, and the second-team to be Feinga-Hartline-Procter.

Someone is going to have to go when John Jerry returns, because I don't anticipate the Dolphins keeping 10 healthy linemen on the active roster. The mostly likely players to be cut would be Feinga or tackle Patrick Brown, who was claimed off waivers from the Jets for intel last week.

In that event, the cut player would probably be re-signed to the practice squad, which could mean Hartline will be shown the door again.


Parnell back in Big Easy

In semi-related news, second-year offensive tackle Jermey Parnell, who was waived by the Dolphins on Saturday to make room for Patrick Brown, has been re-signed to the Saints' practice squad.

Claimed off waivers from the Saints following final cuts, Parnell spent the Dolphins' first two games of the regular season inactive.

There is no word as to whether the Dolphins expressed any interested in adding Parnell to their practice squad. If so, it's possible Hartline wasn't even the first choice for his current spot.

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


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