Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Todd Lowber, Kirk Barton added to practice squad

Anyone who watched this summer's edition of HBO's Hard Knocks will recognize WR Todd Lowber, the player Miami signed to its practice squad on Monday.

Lowber has very little football experience, having never played in college, but his immense athletic ability got him an opportunity in the NFL with the Vikings in 2007. He was cut by the Vikings before the season began and spent the rest of the year on the Giants' practice squad. He then went to camp with the Cowboy this year but was cut in August.

As the HBO series showed, Lowber is still incredibly raw. His mind is still adjusting to a wide receiver's mindset and he struggles with some of the basic fundamentals of the position. But his physical attributes are rare. He has great size (6'3", 205 lbs.), he's fast, and he can jump.

I love stashing guys like this on the practice squad to see if the team can strike gold. Remember, this guy has only been playing football for a year. If the team can be patient with him on the practice squad, they may be able to turn him into a productive player down the road.

[Update] The team also brought back rookie T Kirk Barton to be on the practice squad. DT Anthony Toribio was released to make room. [/End Update]

Here is what the team's practice squad looks like now:
  1. RB Lex Hilliard
  2. WR Anthony Armstrong
  3. LB Rob Ninkovich
  4. RB Jalen Parmele
  5. LB Will Kershaw
  6. CB Will Billingsley
  7. WR Todd Lowber
  8. T Kirk Barton

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