The Miami Dolphins have two new additions to their secondary. The Dolphins claimed cornerback Sammy Seamster from the Baltimore Ravens and safety Brandian Ross from the Oakland Raiders off waivers Sunday, Miami general manager Dennis Hickey announced.
Miami had just four cornerbacks after cutting down to its 53-man roster. This is a valuable position where depth is needed. Seamster will be the fifth cornerback behind starters Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan and second-year backups Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.
Ross replaces safety Don Jones, who was cut Sunday. The Dolphins have their starting safety – Reshad Jones – currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Miami also cut receiver Damian Williams.
Some other notes from Hickey's news conference Sunday:
Hickey said the team is pleased with the rehab of Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. That factored into the decision to take him off the physically unable to perform list. Pouncey and the team appear optimistic that he can return before the six-week window. Hickey said the decision of when to play Pouncey will be a collaborative effort with the medical staff.
With the release of Williams and Marcus Thigpen, the Dolphins' kickoff and punt returners up are in the air. Rookie Jarvis Landry received the most work in training camp and the preseason of the remaining players on the roster. “We feel we have several guys that can compete there,” Hickey said. “As you’ve seen during the preseason, you’ve seen multiple guys go back there.”
The Dolphins only have two active quarterbacks for the first time under head coach Joe Philbin. Hickey said that situation remains “fluid,” but Miami is "very confident" in quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore. The Dolphins, at the very least, are expected to carry one quarterback on the practice squad.