Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dolphins re-sign WR Patrick Carter, DE Rob Rose for 2011

Add two more names to the list of practice squad players re-signed by the Dolphins, as wide receiver Patrick Carter and Rob Rose inked future deals with Miami on Tuesday.

Carter and Rose join quarterback Tom Brandstater and offensive tackle James Marten as players from the team's 2010 practice squad re-signed for this offseason.

Practice squad players not yet receiving future contracts are wide receiver Brooks Foster, linebacker Mortty Ivy, and cornerback Terrail Lambert. It is uncertain as to whether or not Miami has interest in bringing them back, but as of Wednesday they have not signed with other teams either.

Undrafted out of Louisville in 2008, Carter has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos, but has not yet appeared in an NFL game. He played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010 before joining the Dolphins' practice squad in December.

Carter (6-3, 215) will continue to wear No. 17 for the Dolphins and gives the team seven wide receivers under contract.

Rose initially joined the Dolphins as a waiver claim from the Seattle Seahawks during final cuts before the regular season.

Undrafted out of Ohio State, Rose (6-4, 297) had two stints on the Dolphins' active roster in 2010 but did not play in a game. He spent most of the regular season the team's practice squad.

Rose becomes one of seven defensive ends under contract with the Dolphins in 2011 (including part-time nose tackles Ryan Baker and Randy Starks). Five-year veteran Tony McDaniel is the team's lone free agent at the position.


Analysis

Teams usually re-sign their practice squad players after the season ends, and the Dolphins have brought four of the seven back so far.

Carter offers intriguing size but hasn't made much of an NFL career. The Dolphins are certainly not locked in with their fourth and fifth wide receivers in Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace, but Carter has a long way to go and would have to have an incredible camp to make the team.

The same goes for Rose, who is on the bottom of the depth chart looking up at defensive end. If Tony McDaniel and Paul Soliai leave via free agency (and Randy Starks moves back to nose tackle as a result), the position gets a little bit thinner.

That being said, the Dolphins would still have three starting-caliber players in Kendall Langford, Jared Odrick, and Phillip Merling, and are likely to add more young depth in the offseason through the draft and free agency.

Rose's only real chance to stick around is as the very last defensive end, and he'll face tough competition even for that spot.

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


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