The Dolphins have been busy making roster moves in the wake of the Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. They have placed defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on injured reserve after he re-aggravated his calf injury against the Seahawks, waived rookie quarterback Brandon Doughty, and signed veteran linebacker Donald Butler and defensive tackle Chris Jones.
Jones was a standout during Dolphins training camp but he disappeared in the preseason, allowing Julius Warmsley to overtake him and earn the roster spot that presumably would have belonged to him otherwise. With Mitchell on IR, Jones steps right back in where he left off and can come in and play at any given moment.
Mitchell has been starting in Miami for the past two seasons, but his play can only be best described as solid. His numbers are nothing to write home about, he's only accounted for 56 tackles and two sacks and a deflected pass as a member of the Dolphins, and now that he's on IR, there's no telling if he'll be able to contribute in the future.
Miami can choose to reactivate Mitchell after six weeks provided they don't decide to take someone else off of injured reserve first. New NFL rules arrange it so that the player to come off IR no longer has to be designated ahead of time, giving teams much more flexibility.
Butler was signed after the Dolphins held a workout on Tuesday including Butler, A.J. Hawk and Nate Irving. Butler was cut by the San Diego Chargers after a down year in 2015 and also because of the unique way his contract was structured, making him expendable.
A former starter in San Diego, Butler as contributed 373 tackles, seven sacks, three interceptions and five forced fumbles in his career, but he had been relegated to a bench role with the Chargers and was cut before the beginning of the new league year in 2016. The Cardinals then picked him up for training camp but he was unable to earn a spot on their 53-man roster.
He gives Miami some much needed depth at linebacker, especially if he can somehow find a way to return to the form he had before he suffered an elbow injury and was considered worthy of the large extension San Diego gave him.
Doughty was waived to make room for Chris Jones, and assuming he clears waivers, he's a prime candidate to land on the practice squad. Adam Gase obviously saw enough from training camp and preseason to give him a roster spot, so there's no doubt he'll be placed on the squad.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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