Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dolphins sign CB Michael Coe, waive G Ryan Durand

The Dolphins' secondary continues to be one of the most constant sources of frustration on game days, and the Dolphins brought in yet another new face into the mix Wednesday.

Veteran cornerback Michael Coe was signed to the Dolphins' active roster today, replacing waived guard Ryan Durand, who was signed just one week prior and was inactive in Week 12 against the Seahawks.

Coe earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI
The Dolphins still have a full 53-man active roster, which now includes five cornerbacks. The team has two more players at the position on the practice squad in De'Andre Presley and Julian Posey.


Background

A Memphis, Tenn. native, Coe started 43 games at the collegiate level between Arkansas and Alabama State, where he played as a senior under his father. A first-team all-conference selection at ASU, Coe played cornerback and safety as well as punt returner.

Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Coe (6-0, 187) appeared in six of the team's final seven games as a rookie, recording eight tackles and a pass deflection. A knee injury suffered in training camp forced Coe to miss the entire 2008 season while on injured reserve and the Colts released him prior to the 2009 season.

Once on the open market, Coe signed to the New York Giants' practice squad in Sept. 2009. He was plucked off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars in November, playing in five games as a special-teamer. He appeared in two games with the Jaguars in 2010 before being waived in September.

The Giants' re-signed Coe in Nov. 2010 and appeared in four games that season, recording four tackles. In 2011, Coe totaled 10 tackles and a pass deflection in 10 games before a shoulder injury in November prematurely ended his season.

In 2012, Coe opened the season with his first career start. However, a lingering hamstring injury limited his availability to the Giants and he saw less time on defense as the season went on. In all, Coe appeared in seven games and recorded 13 tackles and two pass deflections (both career highs) before landing on injured reserve on Nov. 10 and being released on Nov. 26.

I suspect Coe signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins for the veteran minimum, although exact details are not yet known. Coe has more than four accrued seasons, which would make him an unrestricted free agent if he plays out his deal in Miami.


Analysis

At this point, it's hard to tell if the Dolphins simply didn't like what they saw from Durand at guard over the past week, or if he was just the most expendable as the team decided to bring in additional secondary depth. We'll know more if he ends up being re-signed later this season or perhaps in the offseason.

As for Coe, he's certainly not a savior of the Dolphins' secondary and I wouldn't expect many contributions from him over the final month of the season. Like all players in his position, he's really on a week-to-week basis with the team and needs to show ability on special teams and hold his own in practice to stick around.

That being said, the Dolphins could do worse for a depth signing and I'm plenty willing to give Coe a shot. I think it speaks volumes that he's never had trouble being employed in now his sixth season in the league. He's never been on an NFL practice squad and hasn't spent much time on the open market during any season, including 2012, as he was released just two days ago by New York.

 Coe isn't going to solve the Dolphins' coverage woes and he's not going to make Sean Smith play any better, but it wouldn't surprise me if Coe does end up seeing time over Bryan McCann (who played one defensive snap against Seattle) or even R. J. Stanford depending on how well Coe does in practice.