Miami Dolphins: Phins Sign TE Dante Rosario and OL Ryan Cook

Thomas GaliciaContributor IISeptember 5, 2011

Dante Rosario while with Carolina last season.
Dante Rosario while with Carolina last season.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

After trimming their roster down to 53 over the weekend, the Dolphins have signed two new players that, in due time, could help the team on offense. 

On Monday, Miami signed former Carolina Panthers tight end Dante Rosario and former Minnesota Vikings tackle Ryan Cook.

Ryan Cook was the Vikings second-round pick in 2006. In five seasons with Minnesota, he appeared in 70 games while starting in 40 of them, including seven starts last season. Cook played both center and guard at times, and with the release of Joe Berger, will most likely serve as a backup to Mike Pouncey and also play some right guard as well, possibly getting a few starts for Miami later on in the season. Cook is considered to be very good at sealing off defenders when it comes to the inside run game, a plus on a Dolphins team that needs to improve their interior running. In an odd note, the Vikings drafted Cook with the second-round pick that Miami traded to Minnesota in exchange for Daunte Culpepper in 2006 (51st pick). 

Dante Rosario is a Panthers fifth-round pick from 2007. While he appeared in all 16 games last season, he started six of them. Last season Rosario had 32 receptions and gained 264 yards but didn't score. 

Rosario signed with the Broncos prior to the preseason; however, the Broncos let him go. Due to his experience, Rosario will likely be the Dolphins' backup tight end and be used in two tight end sets similar to his time in Carolina. While not exactly a speed threat, Rosario is considered a very good route runner and is also very adept at reading coverages and finding a good passing lane. He can also adjust to slightly off-target throws. While not the best blocker, Rosario can set his feet and sustain blocks fairly decently.

The two signings will need a little bit of time before they could help Miami; however, they're the types of acquisitions the Dolphins needed to make after cut-down day.

To make room on the roster, not only did Miami release center Joe Berger, but also line backer AJ Edds, who lead the team in tackles during the preseason. However, if Edds clears wavers, expect Miami to sign Edds to their practice squad.


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