Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dolphins sign CB Terrail Lambert to practice squad

The Miami Dolphins have filled their open practice squad spot, signing second-year cornerback Terrail Lambert.

The Dolphins have had a practice spot open since promoting tight end before their Week 13 game against the New York Jets.

Lambert will wear No. 31 for the Dolphins, which was previously worn by cornerback Nate Ness (now No. 32) and veteran cornerback Al Harris before he was placed on injured reserve by the Dolphins on Dec. 7.


Background

A cousin of former Dolphins running back Lorenzo Booker, Lambert was born in Los Angeles and played college football at the University of Notre Dame.

Lambert played in 48 games for the Fighting Irish in his collegiate career, starting the final three years and totaling 115 tackles, half a sack, and four interceptions.

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Lamber signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He was waived during final cuts on Sept. 5.

Lambert was signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts in October 2009 and was re-signed to a future contract the following offseason. He recorded 19 tackles, a forced fumble, and two pass deflections in the 2010 preseason, but was once again waived during final cuts.

Signed to the St. Louis Rams' practice squad on Oct. 6, Lambert was released on Dec. 1 and was a free agent prior to joining the Dolphins.


Analysis

Lambert measures in at a pretty pedestrian 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, but it's his sub-4.4 speed that is his biggest draw as a cornerback prospect.

A moderately productive college player, Lambert has bounced around with three pro teams in nearly two full seasons without sniffing the active roster.

The Dolphins are currently pretty healthy at corner and have one of the NFL's best defenses in the last month, so the signing of Lambert has absolutely nothing to do with the present.

Lambert will work at cornerback and on special teams in practice, but he is extremely unlikely to see the active roster given there are only two weeks left in the season.

All practice squad players become free agents at season's end, so think of Lambert's signing as a two-week audition for a future contract in 2011.

Lambert has intriguing speed but isn't a great NFL prospect, so he'll have a battle just to get to training camp next year and is a long shot to make the active roster.

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


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