You can never have enough of two things in the NFL: cornerbacks and offensive linemen. The Miami Dolphins are proving both to be true in 2019 — and are looking to stave off a potentially disastrous shortage of offensive linemen for this Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Between the injuries to OT Julien Davenport (done for the year), OT Jesse Davis (missed the end of the Dallas game) and OG Danny Isidora (on injured reserve), the Dolphins are getting thinner by the week. Enter their latest addition — guard/center Keaton Sutherland.
The Miami Dolphins today declared they were granted center/guard Keaton Sutherland off waivers from Cincinnati and placed linebacker James Crawford on injured reserve.
Sutherland earned his NFL debut last week at Buffalo after Cincinnati elevated him from the practice squad on Sept. 17, 2019. He was waived by the Bengals on Aug. 31, 2019.
He spent the first two weeks of the season on their practice squad. Sutherland joined the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with Cincinnati on May 10, 2019. He was a four-year letterman (2015-18) at Texas A&M.
Crawford was granted off waivers to Miami on Sept. 3 this year and played in all three games this season for the Dolphins. He spent the 2018 season with Green Bay, where he played in all 16 games and had nine special teams stops (eight solos) and one fumble recovery.
Crawford played at the University of Illinois. He is a native of nearby Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
The acquisition of Sutherland is the second new offensive lineman brought in this week for the Dolphins, the other being offensive tackle Andrew Donnal.
With a little luck, the Dolphins won’t be as hard-pressed to throw these latest additions into live-action as they have been with some of their other more recent additions.
Julien Davenport, J’Marcus Webb, and Danny Isidora were each starter less than a week after joining the team — and that’s just along the offensive line.
More fresh faces mean less familiarity, which will, in turn, bring more miscommunications into the fray. The Dolphins are already at a steep talent deficit — they don’t need any more adversity along the line.