5 Players Who Might Find Themselves on Miami Dolphins' Practice Squad in 2015
This article isn't about that, but it is about working your way up, as we're going to look at five Dolphins players who could find themselves on the practice squad after training camp.
This isn't a slight toward these players in the least, as at times a practice squad gig can be your foot in the door to more significant playing time.
Just ask Michael Thomas.
Which players will likely be on Miami's practice squad? Let's take a look.
Aundrey Walker, Guard
At the guard position there will be a battle at training camp for both the left and right slots.
Former USC guard Aundrey Walker will have a slim chance of being able to claim one of those slots, but it's more likely that he finds himself on Miami's practice squad.
The Dolphins can't have enough linemen, and Walker is versatile enough to have played at both guard and tackle at USC.
A practice squad gig would be best for Walker as his technique is still lacking, per NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. He could use some time learning that. The Dolphins will also need Walker's depth on the practice squad just in case they have to call someone up to the main roster, as he would be the best potential practice squad lineman to do that with.
Mike Hull, Linebacker
There will be a significant battle at linebacker for Miami, as the team doesn't have a lot of depth at the position, and it didn't make it a priority during the offseason either.
The Dolphins used undrafted free agents to find their potential linebackers, with one of them being Penn State's Mike Hull.
Of the linebackers signed, Hull is the one most likely to see time on the practice squad as he's the smallest of the undrafted free agents brought in and has thus far made the least amount of noise of those linebackers, including Zach Vigil, Neville Hewitt and Jeff Luc.
Christion Jones, Wide Receiver
How many wide receivers will Miami keep on the roster?
My guess is it will be six at the most, with Matt Hazel and Rishard Matthews rounding out the Greg Jennings-Jarvis Landry-DeVante Parker-Kenny Stills receiver corps, which could mean Miami will have to use Landry as a return man again this season.
If that's the case, Christion Jones should find himself on the practice squad as the "break glass in case of emergency" return man. He has impressed so far in camp and has the speed.
Why practice squad, though? Again, Miami will likely only be carrying six receivers—the ones mentioned above.
Ray Drew, Defensive Lineman
Kacy Rodgers might be in New York, but the Dolphins will still hope to develop more young defensive linemen.
Georgia's Ray Drew could be the next one, thanks to how versatile he is.
Drew isn't ready for prime time by any means. His pass rushing was very suspect in college and he gets moved off the line of scrimmage too easily. However at 6'5" and 284 pounds, Drew has an NFL-body that most coaches would love to develop into a dynamic player on the defensive line and he can play in both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses.
Tim Semisch, Tight End
One of the most often-heard names of the early minicamps was that of tight end Tim Semisch.
Semisch earned his way onto the Dolphins after impressing the coaches at rookie minicamp, as the Dolphins signed him right after his tryout.
There were good reasons to take a chance on the 6'8", 267-pound Northern Illinois tight end, and yes his size was one reason.
However, size alone won't get him on the main roster, and I don't see him cracking the main roster this season (at least at first). He's still very raw in terms of running routes and catching the ball. Throughout his collegiate career he mainly played special teams.