Blake Ferguson

Dolphins Extend LS Blake Ferguson

Although it used to be something of a rarity, drafting a long snapper has become an annual phenomenon in recent years. Results of using such an important acquisition opportunity on a special teamer that doesn’t kick have been mixed since 2015, but the Dolphins represent as one of the teams to have found success in the risk. Miami solidified Blake Ferguson as their long snapper of the future with an extension today, according to the team’s X account.

Ferguson was a member of the 2019 national champion LSU team before heading to the NFL. Like many of his teammates, the former Tigers team captain was fortunate enough to hear his name called in the draft and found himself heading to Miami. He took over the starting job as a rookie and hasn’t looked back, playing in all 50 possible games over his first three years.

With Ferguson heading into a contract year, the Dolphins decided to get ahead of his free agency by inking him before the season got underway. While we don’t yet have details on the numbers, the team’s post claims he’ll be under contract through the 2026 season, giving him an extra three years in South Beach.

While teams like the Lions, Steelers, Packers, and Vikings proved poor examples to follow in the years before Miami drafted Ferguson, the Dolphins have replicated the success found by their division rivals in New England, who drafted Joe Cardona in the fifth-round back in 2015. Like Cardona, Ferguson has minimized mistakes while staying on the field, helping him to land his second big-league deal.

15 NFL Players Land On NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 List

The Dolphins, Browns, Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Jaguars, Chiefs, Cowboys and Buccaneers have placed players on the newly created reserve/COVID-19 list. Here’s the full rundown, per the league’s transactions wire:

Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The reserve/COVID-19 designation is for players who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are in quarantine for potential exposure. In turn, these players are removed from the roster and allowed to return after three weeks.

NFL Draft Pick Signings: 5/10/20

We’ll keep track of today’s late round signings here:

  • The Dolphins have their fourth 2020 draftee under contract, having signed sixth-round long snapper Blake Ferguson to his four-year rookie deal. Ferguson operated as LSU’s top long snapper from 2016-19 and has been a highly regarded snapper for years. Although this is probably the sport’s lowest-profile position, Ferguson has excelled at it for a while. He came to LSU as the No. 1 long snapper recruit and ended his junior season as a first-team All-American. Shortly after selecting Ferguson, the Dolphins cut incumbent deep snapper Taybor Pepper.