Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dolphins work out two more CFL players

In addition to Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive tackle Brian Simmons (which I covered Thursday), the Miami Dolphins worked out two additional CFL players Thursday as they continue to search for players to fill their 90-man offseason roster.

A native of British Columbia, Watt (#89) has played
three seasons for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts
Defensive end Lee Robinson of the Edmonton Eskimos and wide receiver Spencer Watt of the Toronto Argonauts joined Simmons in Thursday's workout with the Dolphins, though none of the three have been signed as of Friday, Jan. 4.

A star linebacker at Alcorn State, Robinson (6-2, 253) went undrafted in 2009 and signed with the Denver Broncos, only to be waived during final cuts. After stints on the practice squads of Arizona and Tampa Bay in 2009, Robinson wound up back with the Broncos on the practice squad in 2010. He was promoted to the active roster in December and recorded two tackles in three games.

Robinson failed to make the Broncos' roster in 2011 and spent the majority of the year on the practice roster of the CFL's Eskimos. In 2012, Robinson worked as a left defensive end but was limited to just nine games (two starts) and totaled six tackles and two sacks.

Watt (6-0, 185) was drafted 18th overall in the 2010 CFL Draft by the Argonauts and appeared in 11 games as a rookie, catching 14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. (Coincidentally, his first career touchdown was thrown by former Dolphins quarterback Cleo Lemon.)

In 2011, Watt started all 17 games for the Argos and caught 29 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown. He set career highs with 34 receptions and 424 yards in 2012, although he failed to find the end zone for the first time in his career.

Obviously, neither Robinson nor Watt stands out as someone the Dolphins should rush to sign, and it's curious that neither was really an impact player for their CFL teams this past year. Robinson, who has NFL game experience, profile would profile as a strong-side linebacker with the Dolphins and Watt as a slot receiver, though both would be more focused on special teams if they ended up in Miami.

For what it's worth, the Dolphins' current front office with general manager Jeff Ireland in place has never gone an offseason without signing a player with CFL experience. In addition to success stories like Cameron Wake and Marcus Thigpen, the Dolphins have made a constant effort to mine for talent north of the border, which is detailed in my Dolphins' CFL history here.