The Miami Dolphins added a new quarterback on Wednesday, but not the one everyone is talking about.
The Dolphins have signed Jake Dolegal, a former prominent Central Connecticut representative who has served in three other NFL organizations, to their training team, coach Brian Flores said Wednesday.
He will be the team’s third full-back after Tua Tagovailoa and Jacobi Brissette. The move came after Miami lost to former third line player Reed Sinnett’s Philadelphia Eagles, who demanded his waiver on Monday. The Dolphins hoped they could bring Sinnett back to their training team after abandoning him on Saturday to make way for Isaiah Ford’s successor on the active roster.
Dolegal played the 2019 season with a 53-man squad from the Cincinnati Bengals after not being drafted. Since then, he has regularly shuttled between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers’ training teams, twice each.
Over the course of his four-year career as a starter in Central Connecticut, Dolegala has thrown 8,129 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Reports continue to surface that the Dolphins are linked to Houston Texans star defender Deshawn Watson, who faces legal challenges in 22 civil sexual misconduct suits, including two of them for sexual harassment.
“Tua is our defender,” Flores said Wednesday. “I’ve said this several times.”
New reports on Wednesday also revealed that the Carolina Panthers are pulling out of trade talks for Watson.
The three dolphins (1-6) who missed last Sunday’s defeat to the Falcons – wide receiver Devante Parker, center Greg Muntz and full-back Noah Igbinogenene – were spotted early in the team’s run on Wednesday after Flores said they were will participate.
It’s the same with midfielder Jerome Baker, who left the game with a knee injury and was described as “everyday”. Flores said Baker will be listed as limited when the injury report is released later Wednesday.
“Kind of like working on an injury problem,” Flores said of Baker. “Hopefully he’ll be there for some real training on Thursday.”
Flores said of Parker, “Hopefully he can have a couple of good practice days on Thursday and Friday and we’ll see if he’s available to play.”
Of Manche and Igbinogen, Flores said: “Both are still undergoing treatment. Again, this is today’s walkthrough. They will both be on the way, but they are getting better, moving in the right direction. ”
Flores also touched on the Dolphins’ signing of the former Miami Hurricanes, which brought Duke Johnson back to the training team.
“An experienced player,” said Flores. “Good runner, good pass. He was a productive player in the league. ”
Both UM alumni that the Dolphins signed this week, Johnson and safety Sheldrick Redwin were on Wednesday’s passing. Redwin, who was signed with Injured Reserve defender Jason McCurty, wore number 20. Johnson wore number 28, and new quarterback Dolegal wore jersey number 16.
Flores said the team will look between Johnson and his training teammates Jerrid Doakes and Patrick Laird to determine if someone could potentially get into the active squad behind Miles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed for this Sunday’s Buffalo Bills game (4- 2).
This story will be updated.