Over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins brought in 2 free agents for a visit. The Dolphins welcomed Jake Scott and Phillip Wheeler to Davie to kick the tires on these second-tier free agents. Maybe, just maybe, the Dolphins aren’t done adding pieces to the roster before the draft.
Jake Scott, formally of the Tennessee Titans, is a 6’5″ 295 lb. offensive guard. Scott started 121 of 124 games during his time in Tennessee. Scott is an athletic lineman, which makes sense considering the offense Joe Philbin wants to install. According to the Sun Sentinel, Scott was ranked as the 7th best offensive guard in 2011, allowing just 2 sacks and committing just 3 penalties. Scott, if signed, would likely replace Vernon Carey at the right guard position for the Dolphins. Carey was not resigned by the Dolphins and still remains a free agent.
Phillip Wheeler, formally of the Indianapolis Colts, played outside linebacker in Indy. He had 84 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 sack last season. Wheeler was a 3rd round pick of the Colts 4 years ago and was known as a pass rushing specialist during his college days (19 sacks). Here’s what the Sentinel had to say about him:
“He was rated by ProFootballFocus.com as the 12th best 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL last year. His run stopping grade (+8.9) was 13th best among his peers, and he held his opponents to a 78.7 pass rating, which is 8th best last season.”
Bottom Line: While these two players aren’t exactly household names, both would add depth and upgrade the Dolphins roster. Neither player was signed before leaving Miami, but word on the street is that the Dolphins are interested in both. Armando Salguero said Monday that there is mutual interest between Scott and the Dolphins and that the two sides are negotiating at this point. Scott could be plugged in at right guard immediately and would fill a hole that currently exists. Wheeler could add depth to the linebacking corps and could be another pass rusher to play opposite Cameron Wake in the 3-4 alignment. We’ll keep you posted……..