Miami Dolphins Waive Gerald Alexander, Place Marlon Moore on IR
The Miami Dolphins opened two roster spots Tuesday, waiving safety Gerald Alexander for the second time this year while placing second-year wide receiver Marlon Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury.
Signed late in the preseason and waived during final cuts, Alexander was re-signed by the Dolphins on Oct. 19 after injuries to safeties Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones. Alexander appeared in the Dolphins' most recent two games but failed to record a tackle.
Fifth on the Dolphins' depth chart at receiver, Moore did not catch a pass this season after totaling six receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown as a rookie in 2010. He did, however, total three special teams tackles in six games this season.
With two players moved off the roster and only one added, the Dolphins still have an open spot on their 53-man roster.
A Shreveport, La. native, Wade originally attended the University of Tennessee as a track star and wide receiver, but was later redshirted and moved to cornerback. He was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and the conference's coaches as a senior.
Boasting sub-4.4 speed at 5'11" and 200 pounds, Wade was selected by the Rams with the 84th overall pick in 2007. He appeared in 16 games as a rookie with one start, recording 24 tackles and an interception.
Wade played in 31 of 32 possible games for the Rams over the following two seasons but started just five contests in that span, totaling 43 tackles, six pass deflections, and an interception. Largely a disappointment in St. Louis, Wade was not tendered as a restricted free agent in 2010.
The Detroit Lions signed Wade in March of 2010. He started four of eight games played, racking up 30 tackles and three pass deflections, but was waived on Nov. 19. Wade was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals a few days later and went on to record 14 tackles and two pass breakups in four games (three starts) with the team in 2010.
Wade battled a shoulder injury during the 2011 preseason and was waived by the Bengals during final cuts. A free agent since his release, Wade will work at cornerback for the Dolphins. His jersey number remains unknown.
Irrational Marlon Moore fans can stop hyperventilating, as this does nothing to affect the Dolphins' stellar offensive rhythm. Moore had been buried in the depth chart at receiver and will only be missed on special teams, where he had performed well in 2011.
As for his replacement, my money is on former 2009 second-rounder Brian Robiskie, who was waived by the Browns on Tuesday. Robiskie has been underwhelming thus far, but still has potential and is regarded as a fundamentally sound wide receiver as the son of Falcons receivers (and former Dolphins) coach Terry Robiskie. He is also a former college teammate of Brian Hartline at Ohio State and has experience with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll from their time in Cleveland.
Robiskie has done well on special teams, with six career tackles, and that's essentially the role he'd be filling as Moore's replacement. The 0-7 Dolphins have high waiver priority (every player must pass through waivers following the trade deadline) and should be able to land him if they so choose.
In the 27-year-old Wade, the Dolphins simply add a body to the bottom of their cornerback depth chart and a potential special-teamer. He has the measurables but has failed to become a quality defensive player in his four-year career, struggling to earn a significant role with three teams and battling injuries at times.
While Vontae Davis remains out with a hamstring injury and the rest of the secondary has had their struggles this season, Wade is very unlikely to be a savior for the Dolphins' pass defense and will be in a weekly battle just to remain on the roster.
As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these transactions here.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and currently works for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
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