Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins have announced that they have signed free agent center Samson Satele. Satele, who last played for the Indianpolis Colts, was first drafted by the Dolphins in 2007 in the second round of the draft. In 2009, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders after the Dolphins signed Jake Grove.
According to Pro Football Focus, out of all centers who played at least 60% of their team's snaps in 2013, he gave up the highest number of QB hits with eight. On the flip side of that, he allowed the least amount of QB hurries with six. His pass blocking efficiency was 97.9%, which was ranked 13th in the league. He had a -9.4 overall grade with a -0.9 pass blocking grade and a -8.1 run block grade. Overall, he was the 32nd ranked center in the NFL,.In comparison, Mike Pouncey had an 8.2 overall grade with a 6.2 pass block grade and a 1.6 run block grade.
Satele is an average run blocker but the Dolphins are bringing him in to solve the snapping issues, to provide depth and also to provide competition. He is not being inserted as the starter right away although he may be it come the first week of the season.