As long as players continue to go down with season-ending injuries, the Dolphins will continue to scour the free agent scrap heap for replacements.
This week, they have signed rookie DE Quentin Moses and veteran S Lance Schulters.
Moses (6'5", 260 lbs.) was a third-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders this year. Given his draft status, it was surprising when the Raiders cut ties with him before the season. The Cardinals then signed him and subsequently released him as well. Entering the draft out of Georgia, he was one of the top-ranked DEs.
Here is what Scout.com thought of him coming out of college:
"A top-flight athlete who failed to meet expectations last season, Moses is watching his draft stock free-fall. Did not play with a great degree of intensity as a senior and was a non-factor at the Senior Bowl. May get consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL, yet clearly needs to quickly get his game back to prior form.
Athletic, pass-rusher coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Explodes off the snap with a quick first step, possesses speed in every direction and immediately alters his angle of attack or redirects to plays. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, gets tremendous force going up the field and exploits immobile blockers. Displays a solid head for the ball, transferring his classroom intelligence onto the field.
Seemingly suffered from a case of senioritis last year. Did not show top instincts and did not always chase hard to make plays. Undersized, is slow to shed blocks or easily removed from his angle of attack by blockers. Does a bit of grab-tackling."
Despite his past problems, this is the kind of free agent acquisitions the team should be looking for at this point. Moses is obviously a risk, but he provides substantial upside to go along with that risk. This team has nothing to fear about risks like him at this point. If he doesn't pan out, just cut ties with him after the season. On the other hand, maybe he will finally get his head screwed on straight and realize his potential for the Dolphins.
In order to provide help to the ailing safety corps, the team signed S Lance Schulters. Schulters (6'2", 202 lbs.) played for Miami in 2005 and was actually one of the team's best defensive backs that year. However, it's clear that since then he has lost a step or three. He is 32 years old. Last season, he played in 7 games for the Falcons, but couldn't hold onto the job and wasn't on any team this year. I don't think there were any viable young free agent safeties on the market this late in the season, although bringing back Lamont Thompson might have been the better choice. In any case, he's simply a warm body to throw out on the field. Hopefully, the team still fully intends to give Jason Allen as much playing time as possible.
Here is a look at Schulter's career stats:
The team also signed two players to its practice squad. Those players are QB Casey Bramlet and TE Buck Ortega.