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Miami Dolphins Free Agency: Dolphins Make Wise Move Signing QB Pat Devlin

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: Quarterback Pat Devlin #7 of the Penn State Nittany Lions hands off the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIJuly 26, 2011

The Miami Dolphins have signed undrafted free agent QB Pat Devlin.

Many were shocked when Devlin was not drafted back in April, which may mean NFL teams knew something no one else did.

Devlin is battling back from a wrist injury, which may have been the reason for his undrafted status.

The Dolphins will still bring in a veteran QB to compete, but bringing in Devlin was a perfect situation.

As an undrafted free agent, Devlin is a low-risk, high-reward type of player.

As a senior at Delaware, Devlin threw 22 TDs to just three INTs and completed 68 percent of his passes.

Devlin is an extremely accurate QB but lacks arm strength and has a lanky frame at 6'3", 220 pounds. He is very similar to former Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington.

Basically, what I am saying is that Devlin is the complete opposite from current Dolphins QB Chad Henne, which is a very good thing. Henne is known for his big arm but is very inaccurate.

Now, I am not saying Devlin will step right in and be the Dolphins' Week 1 starter against the New England Patriots. However, Devlin has a real shot at being the Dolphins' No. 3 QB on the depth chart.

Devlin also provides the Dolphins the chance to see a different style of QB and possibly build to the future.

So please do not go off the ledge and start calling for Devlin to start and that he is a million times better than Henne, because right now, he is nowhere near as good as Henne.

However, the signing is safe and gives the Dolphins a young QB to provide some competition. Competition is what the Dolphins front office is preaching this season, so that is what the Dolphins are looking for out of Devlin.

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