Dolphins promote a defensive end with William Hayes on IR

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The Dolphins worked out several veteran defensive ends on Tuesday, but didn’t sign any of them and that led to speculation that they’d be promoting from within to fill William Hayes‘ spot on the 53-man roster.

That’s precisely what happened on Wednesday. The Dolphins announced that they have promoted Jonathan Woodard from the practice squad. Hayes is officially on injured reserve after tearing his ACL last Sunday and the Dolphins also announced the signing of linebacker Martell Speight to take the spot vacated by wide receiver Tanner McEvoy’s departure.

Woodard was a seventh-round pick by the Jaguars in 2016 and missed his entire rookie year after tearing his Achilles. He was waived by Jacksonville last September and split the season on practice squads in Atlanta and Miami. He had eight tackles and a sack for the Dolphins in the preseason this year.

Andre Branch is expected to miss multiple weeks with a knee injury, leaving Woodard, Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn and Charles Harris as the healthy defensive ends in Miami.

2 responses to “Dolphins promote a defensive end with William Hayes on IR

  1. What happened to Cameron Malveaux? He played pretty well this Summer, made the PS and then was released. I like Woodard in early downs for run support/contain, but thought Malveaux was more complete. Woodard is about 30lbs bigger and a year more experienced I guess. I wonder who gets the Practice Squad spot now. Do we really need 3 QBs?

    If only Harris can live up to his Draft status and be a complete player. He has shown flashes in Pass Rush. He needs to step up!

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