The Miami Dolphins made a handful of roster moves Tuesday, including one that is sure to cause a portion of the fan base to overreact.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan, who gained national notoriety on Hard Knocks after being dubbed "7-Eleven" by Reggie Bush because because he was "always open," was released from the Dolphins' practice squad. Hogan was waived by the Dolphins during final cuts on Aug. 31 and was re-signed to the practice squad to begin the season.
The Dolphins, who already had an open spot on the practice squad with Saturday's promotion of linebacker Jonathan Freeny, signed wide receiver Brian Tyms and defensive tackle Chas Alecxih to the practice squad. Alecxih spent training camp with the Dolphins in 2012 after going undrafted out of Pittsburgh, while Tyms was signed by the San Francisco 49ers out of Florida A&M this summer.
The Dolphins also waived linebacker Sammy Brown from the active roster just 10 days after claiming him off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. Brown was inactive for the Dolphins' regular season opener against Houston on Sunday.
Originally a walk-on at Pitt in 2007, Alecxih earned a full scholarship in 2009 while working as a reserve defensive tackle. He went on to start 13 games as a junior in 2010, recording 57 tackles (nine for a loss) and 7.5 sacks. As a senior, Alecxih again totaled 57 tackles while adding a team-high 15.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-3, 304-pound Alecxih signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in May, working as reserve defensive tackle and wearing No. 66. He totaled two tackles during the team's first two preseason games but did not see action in the third and was waived on Aug. 25 during the first wave of cuts.
Alecxih's release was documented in the fourth episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, during which general manager Jeff Ireland told Alecxih the practice squad remained a possibility.
A Fort Lauderdale native, Tyms was physically abused by both parents and spent much of his youth in group homes. He played just one season of high school football at Dillard and initially attended a community college without a football program. Tyms was turned away after attempting to walk on at Florida State and later transferred to Florida A&M, where he caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown as a junior. As a senior in 2011, Tyms ranked third on the team with 38 receptions, 538 yards and three scores.
A physical specimen at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds with 4.4 speed, the very raw Tyms went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft last April and signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he was able to study under future Hall of Famer Randy Moss. He caught three passes for 32 yards in three preseason contests before being waived during the first round of cuts on Aug. 27.
Tyms' initial contact with the Dolphins' organization came on Aug. 31, when he worked out for the team along with fellow receivers Mike Sims-Walker and Donte' Stallworth.
Hopefully he Hard Knocks hype has calmed down a bit over the last month, because there's no reason to freak out about Hogan's departure. The mere fact that he cleared waivers after final cuts and was able to be added to the practice squad shows that his perceived talent isn't quite what the show led many to believe.
Tyms is an equally intriguing prospect if not more so and will get his turn to show the Dolphins what he can do. He's a great story and it'd be nice to see him develop a pro career, but he's still very raw and is a long way from an active roster spot.
Meanwhile, it's nice to see Alecxih get an extended look because he was such a likable character on Hard Knocks, although being cut in the first wave and not getting on the practice squad until now doesn't bode well for his future. I like the guy a lot, but I question if he's got the bulk and strength to handle the NFL game.
It's a bit surprising to see Brown cut after only a week, but really the only avenue they had for taking a look at him was to claim him off waivers and they apparently saw all they needed. It's not good that Brown, who was a dominant pass rusher in college, wasn't able to beat out Freeny for a reserve strong-side linebacker and special teams spot.
For those keeping score at home, the Dolphins subtracted one from the active roster but didn't fill the spot Tuesday. Combine that with the fact the team shuffled its practice squad but kept it full today and it seems quite possible Brown's roster spot will go to a veteran, such as a wide receiver, offensive lineman or cornerback.
The Dolphins likely waited until this week to sign a veteran because having one on the Week 1 roster guarantees their salary for the entire season. Now, any veteran the team signs will be on a week-to-week basis with the clubs in terms of pay.