A day after establishing their 53-man roster, the Miami Dolphins have already begun to alter a never finished product. The team has officially announced that they’ve claimed fullback Tyler Clutts, who spent the preseason on the Houston Texans’ roster, and placed fullback Evan Rodriguez on waivers.
Rodriguez’s versatility helped him survive initial cuts, but he was ultimately deemed replaceable when Clutts became available. Clutts projects to be a better lead blocker, which should help Mike Sherman’s offense in short-yardage situations, where as Rodriguez was more of a receiving threat out of the backfield.
The Fresno State product has traveled a bizarre path to becoming the starting fullback for the Dolphins, playing defensive end in college before stints in the CFL, UFL and AFL. Clutts eventually found his way to the NFL in 2011, when he started eight games for the Chicago Bears before joining the Texans last season.
The Dolphins hope Clutts will help tailbacks Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas pick up tough yards between the tackles in 2013, as both backs enter the regular season as question marks.
In other news, the Dolphins have started to piece together their eight-man practice squad. So far, we know wide receivers Brian Tyms and Marvin McNutt have been added to the scout team, where they will continue to be developed.
If the Dolphins are intent on going into the season with just four wideouts and a capable slot in Marcus Thigpen, Tyms or McNutt could certainly be called up from the practice squad at some point this season in the event of an injury or the need for more depth.
The Dolphins also added ex-Rams defensive tackle Al Lapuaho to the practice squad after the Patriots claimed preseason-standout A.J. Francis, who was on his way to a special-teams meeting in Miami as a likely member of the practice team. New England was also awarded former Dolphins offensive lineman Chris Barker off waivers.