Monday, August 20, 2012

Dolphins waive fullback Ryan Mahaffey

The Miami Dolphins have trimmed their roster a little earlier than the first cut-down, waiving fullback Ryan Mahaffey on Monday.

Mahaffey's release gives the Dolphins 89 players under contract on their 90-man offseason roster. The team will have to cut down to 75 players by 4 p.m. eastern time on Monday, Aug. 27 and then finally to 53 players by 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. The team's regular season schedule begins Sept. 9 at Houston.

Undrafted out of Northern Iowa in 2011, Mahaffey attended training camp with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie and later went on to appear in five games for the Indianapolis Colts last season, catching one pass for five yards.

The Dolphins signed Mahaffey to a two-year contract on June 12, but he failed to establish himself in training camp and did not make an impact in either of the team's first two preseason games.

Former Indoor Football League and Texas A&M standout Jorvorskie Lane will continue to work with the first team as he has done all of training camp, giving him the best chance to make the team's roster if they do decide to keep a player at a position that has rapidly fallen out of style in today's NFL.

CFL All-Star Jerome Messam—a sort of hybrid halback/fullback—continues to work behind Lane and doesn't appear to have a good chance to make the team. Despite his success as a rusher up north, Messam hasn't received a single carry in the preseason yet while catching two passes for eight yards. He's also coming off a knee injury suffered last year and has had multiple surgeries this offseason.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens at this position for the Dolphins in the coming weeks. With Charles Clay officially moved to tight end, the Dolphins have seemingly been without a starting talent at fullback for some time but appear to greatly favor Lane, who has sat atop the depth chart all training camp.

That being said, I'm skeptical that Mike Sherman's former Aggies pupil has what it takes to play in this league, considering he received no NFL interest when he went undrafted in 2009 and was actually relegated to playing in an indoor football league considered lower in talent level than the Arena Football League.

The fullback position has been a dying breed in the NFL of late, so it remains to be seen if Lane or anyone else at the position will have a substantial role in the Dolphins' offense this season.

Check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.

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