Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Practice squad: Heerspink brought back, FB added

With LB Rob Ninkovich being poached by the Saints and RB Jalen Parmele by the Ravens (that's the risk you take when you stick your sixth-round draft pick on the practice squad), the Dolphins had two open spots on their practice squad.

To fill them, the team signed T Daren Heerspink and FB Chris Brown.

Heerspink, you'll remember, was with the Dolphins throughout training camp and the preseason. He's been out of football since then.

Brown (6'1", 249 lbs.) was an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee this year. He was picked up by Jacksonville and stayed on their practice squad until November 28th when he was released.

Here's an excerpt from Brown's NFL Draft Prospect page:
Listed as a tight end by Tennessee, and even lines up in a three-point stance at times, but his future in the NFL is as a fullback or H-back. In today's NFL, most fullbacks are not blow-'em-up pounders but athletic position blockers who can catch the ball and play special teams. That's why Brown, who had 41 catches for 282 yards and six touchdowns in 2007, will be more coveted by teams than many people expect.

Here is what the team's practice squad looks like now:
  1. RB Lex Hilliard
  2. WR Anthony Armstrong
  3. LB Will Kershaw
  4. WR Todd Lowber
  5. DT Joe Cohen
  6. CB Will Billingsley
  7. T Daren Heerspink
  8. FB Chris Brown

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