Dolphins activate T.J. McDonald

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The Dolphins finally will get a return on the risk they took in the offseason.

Safety T.J. McDonald, signed subject to an eight-game suspension under the substance-abuse policy, has missed his eighth game and now has been added to the active roster.

To create space for McDonald, the Dolphins placed tackle Ja'Wuan James on injured reserve.

McDonald signed on March 31, after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Rams. The Dolphins were sufficiently impressed by his performance in the offseason, training camp, and preseason that they gave him a four-year extension before his suspension began.

A first-round pick of the Dolphins in 2014, James had started 25 straight games at right tackle for the Dolphins, with 47 total career starts. He suffered a knee injury on Sunday night against the Raiders.

10 responses to “Dolphins activate T.J. McDonald

  1. Losing James is huge he was our best o line man. Can’t wait to see T.J and Jones laying the smack down.

  2. The Dolphins loses are not only because of the offensive line or their lack of offensive production. Indicative of the loss to the Oakland Raiders the teams most profound weakness is the inability in the secondary to cover the tight ends, RB’s and of course the deeper thrown ball to the opposition’s wide receivers. McDonald is a huge upgrade. Good gamble for the Dolphins to acquire him.

  3. He should be an upgrade to the secondary…more so if the DL can get to the QB quicker. I’ve read they rank high on getting QB hits but it seems that may be based on QBs having adequate time but releasing the ball as late as possible. Hope they look better on Monday.

  4. Hate to say this but this season is shaping up to be 8 and 8. Might squeak out a 9 and 7 but just as easily could end up 7 and 9.
    They did nothing to upgrade the OL and quite frankly can not cover the short dink and dunk crap with the TE and RB position.
    I love Gase but his play calling is just too vanilla and predictable.
    I am still a fan of bringing Cutler in but looking forward to RT making it back next season..

  5. finzfan49 says:
    November 11, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    They did nothing to upgrade the OL and quite frankly can not cover the short dink and dunk crap with the TE and RB position.


    The biggest concern for the Dolphins in the off season regarding their offensive line was Mike Pouncey staying healthy and upgrading the guard position. They signed Ted Larson and drafted Isacc Asiata in the fifth round to fill that need. Unfortunately, Larson has been injured (recently activated) and Asiata hasn’t proved that he can be a starting guard in this league. This season is over. They will try to address it again this off season. With Pouncey staying healthy, they will have to decide if they want to keep him.

  6. Phillyfinsfan, I am not giving up on Asiata just yet. He has that nasty streak that this line desperately needs. I’m not sure why they haven’t taken a look in a game but my guess is that he isn’t quite strong enough yet or he is having trouble with the scheme or protections. Next year, both of those issues should be resolved…if not then maybe it was a poor pick.

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