Posted: 4:14 pm Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
Miami Dolphins notebook: DE Lionel Dotson, OLB Erik Walden return, Brandon Marshall speaks and Bill Parcells hits Spike TV
By Post Staff
The Dolphins brought back two more familiar faces on Tuesday when they re-signed defensive end Lionel Dotson and outside linebacker Erik Walden, according to league sources. Both players were with the Dolphins in 2008 and 2009 before being cut by Miami at the end of training camp 10 days ago.
To make room for Walden, the Dolphins waived rookie defensive end Clifton Geathers, whom the team had signed on Sept. 5. Geathers, now a free agent, could still potentially re-sign with the Dolphins and be placed on the practice squad. It is not clear who the Dolphins cut in favor of Dotson, a 2008 seventh-round pick who played four games with the Dolphins over two seasons and will be re-added to the 53-man roster after being signed off of Denver’s practice squad.
The moves come two days after rookie first-round pick Jared Odrick, the starting right defensive end, suffered a deep bone bruise in his thigh according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who said on his weekly TV appearance Sunday night that he was “holding his breath” about the severity of the injury.
Dotson and Walden are the fourth and fifth players the Dolphins have added to the 53-man roster since last Monday. In all, the Dolphins have signed a player to its roster or practice squad 18 times since roster cut-downs were finalized on Sept. 4.
A few other Dolphins notes from Tuesday:
Brandon Marshall will make a weekly appearance on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. on the Michael Irvin Show on WQAM 560-AM, and addressed a variety of topics today.
– Marshall said he was thinking too much about the defenders and contact after the catch on the dropped deep pass against Buffalo. “By the time it hit my hands, it was too late. I was worrying about too much, and that is my mistake.”
– Marshall said the Bills only showed one-deep safety defense in the preseason, and then played two-deep safety extensively against Miami, forcing the Dolphins to beat them with short passes underneath. “They did the total opposite on Sunday what we saw in preseason.”
– Marshall on the upcoming game at Minnesota. “This is a test for us to see where we are at as a team — early on in the season, on the road, and it’s going to speak a lot about us.”
– Marshall is a big fan of tight end Anthony Fasano, who he said “is going to be one of the better tight ends, best tight ends, in the National Football League. He’s a beast.”
– Marshall is also a big fan of Davone Bess, who had six catches for 51 yards on Sunday and iced the game with five catches in the fourth quarter. “He’s exactly what his name says — absolutely the best. One of the best route runners in the league.”
– Marshall admits the offense hasn’t come close to reaching its potential yet. “We have to get on the same page, and it goes from the coaches to the players. And when we do that, I think it’s going to be a tough offense.”
– Did Marshall watch the Ravens-Jets game last night? “No, I didn’t waste my time with that.”
Finally, Bill Parcells, now a daily consultant with the Dolphins, will hit the flatscreen this fall when he appears in an unspecified episode of the football/comedy series “Blue Mountain State” on Spike TV. Other cameos this season: Boomer Esiason, Bill Romanowski, Brian Bosworth, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell and sportscaster Dan Patrick.
Also, click here listen to the latest edition of the Dolphins On Demand Podcast, done every week (sometimes twice) by ESPN 760′s Ken LaVicka and myself.