With three offensive linemen on the injury report for this weekend’s game against the Packers, the Dolphins have added some reinforcement. ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe reports (via Twitter) that Miami has promoted offensive guard Isaac Asiata from the practice squad. To make room on the roster, the Dolphins waived linebacker Martrell Spaight.
Dolphins left guard Ted Larsen is currently listed as doubtful, while fellow linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James are both listed as questionable. In comes Asiata, a 2017 fifth-round pick out of Utah. The 25-year-old only appeared in a single game as a rookie, and he was waived by the organization prior to this season.
He subsequently caught on with the practice squad, where he’s spent the entire season. For the time being, Asiata will slide into the bottom of the depth chart with fellow bench linemen Zach Sterup, Jake Brendel, Sam Young, and Wesley Johnson.
Spaight, 25, had spent the first three seasons of his career with the Redskins. This included a 2017 campaign where he compiled 75 tackles and two passes defended. He was surprisingly cut by Washington at the end of the preseason, and he caught on with the Dolphins in mid-September. He proceeded to play in four games with the Dolphins, compiling a single tackle. With Spaight out of the picture, Stephone Anthony and Mike Hull are now the Dolphins’ lone backup linebackers.
September 2nd, 2018 at 4:55pm CST by Dallas Robinson
Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC East teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for theBills, Dolphins, Patriots, and Jets are noted below.
Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.
Here are Sunday’s AFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:
The Dolphins have locked up the majority of their seven-player draft class, announcing deals with second-round linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Ohio State), third-round cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (Clemson), fifth-round offensive lineman Isaac Asiata (Utah), sixth-round defensive tackle Vincent Taylor (Oklahoma State) and seventh-round wide receiverIsaiah Ford (Virginia Tech).
The most significant signing of the group is clearly McMillan, who was a three-year standout at Ohio State. As the 54th overall pick, McMillan is in line for a four-year contract worth $4,697,532, including a $1,556,388 signing bonus, per Over the Cap. After starring as an inside linebacker as a member of the Buckeyes, with whom he eclipsed the 100-tackle mark in each of the two previous seasons, it’s unclear where McMillan will line up as an NFL rookie. The Dolphins already have a veteran middle man in free agent pickup Lawrence Timmons, so McMillan could join Kiko Alonso on the outside of a remade linebacker corps in 2017.
McMillan represents one of five defensive draft picks by Miami, whose ‘D’ finished last season a below-average 19th in DVOA. The team’s most notable rookie is Missouri defensive endCharles Harris, the 22nd overall selection. He and fifth-round defensive tackle Davon Godchaux are the only Dolphins draftees without contracts.
The Eagles have traded down in this fifth round for the second time, this time moving out of the No. 164 slot and opening the door for the Dolphins to move up and select offensive lineman Isaac Asiata out of Utah.
It’s a two-pronged trade between these teams. The Eagles also unloaded the No. 194 pick to the Fins, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. They will receive pick 166 and the Dolphins’ compensatory selection (No. 184) that doubles as the fifth round’s final pick.
Philly initially held pick No. 155 but dealt it to the Titans to begin this mini-spree.