Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dolphins promote De'Andre Presley from practice squad

The Miami Dolphins entered Wednesday with two open roster spots, having released three the day prior while signing only one in wide receiver Jabar Gaffney.

With cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Richard Marshall missing practice time with injuries this week, the Dolphins chose to beef up their secondary depth by filling one of those spots with practice squad cornerback De'Andre Presley.

The Dolphins also signed cornerback Julian Posey to the practice squad to replace Presley while adding yet another healthy body to the position with Carroll and Marshall hurt.

Finally, linebacker Mike Rivera cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve Wednesday after being waived/injured the day before. Expect Rivera to be released outright in the near future.

The Dolphins currently have 52 players on their active roster, with one open spot remaining.

De'Andre Presley

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Presley was a dynamic playmaker at Appalachian State, working at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He served as the Mountaineers' starting quarterback as a junior, throwing for 2,631 yards and 21 touchdowns against seven interceptions while rushing for another 1,039 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Presley went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft and signed with the San Diego Chargers, where he fully converted to defensive back. Despite racking up 13 tackles, an interception and two pass deflections in the preseason, Presley was waived during final cuts and signed to the Dolphins' initial practice squad.

As he has done in practice since joining the Dolphins, Presley will don No. 21 if he is active this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The number was previously worn by the departed Vontae Davis.


Julian Posey

Posey played college football at Ohio University, where he started at cornerback for the Bobcats as a senior in 2010 and amassed 46 tackles, 12 pass deflections and an interception. He went undrafted in 2011 and spent much of his rookie season on the practice squad of the New York Jets.

After re-signing with the Jets in the 2012 offseason, Posey appeared in all four preseason games (starting one) and totaled 12 tackles. He was waived during final cuts and subsequently worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals, though he was not signed.


Analysis

At this point, it's impossible to tell if Presley has shown any real promise in practice or if he is needed simply as a healthy and familiar body at the position. Nolan Carroll (Achilles') and Richard Marshall (back) are both iffy for Sunday's game, so Presley could be pressed into action sooner than expected.

Presley is certainly a tremendous athlete and is a bit of an intriguing prospect, but odds are he isn't ready for a role on defense yet and will probably work primarily on special teams if he dresses this week. Cornerback R. J. Stanford, who was claimed off waivers from the Panthers after final cuts, would be the first man up to replace either Carroll or Marshall.

Stanford, who was a seventh-round pick by Carolina in 2010 and has played in 12 games last season, has not yet seen a defensive snap in a game with the Dolphins and has just two special teams tackles to his credit.

As for Posey, it's safe to say that he's merely here because the Dolphins need practice depth, and his status with the team is day-to-day unless he really shines in that capacity.