Analyzing the Miami Dolphins' 2012 Practice Squad

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Analyzing the Miami Dolphins' 2012 Practice Squad
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The Dolphins signed eight players to their practice squad on Sunday. Practice squad invitees rarely get major opportunities to contribute in the same year, but are at least employed in the league, which is better than many NFL hopefuls can say right now.

Being invited to the practice squad also means the coaches see some degree of potential in that player. Once in a while, there can be a hidden gem that gets his start on some team's practice squad. The Dolphins have some experience with that, once signing Wes Welker away from the Chargers to their squad.

Which was good, until they traded him to a division rival for two draft picks and watched first-hand as he turned into a star.

Here is the assessment of this year's practice squad.

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