We are currently making our way through the Miami Dolphins' 90-man offseason roster, breaking down last season for each player, as well as what could happen this year. Today, we continue today with a look at offensive tackle Andrew McDonald.
Previous Roster Breakdowns: Chad Bumphis Marcus Thigpen Aaron Corp Jonathan Freeny Jordan Kovacs Dion Jordan Chris Burnette Josh Samuda Brian Thomas Keelan Johnson Jeff Fuller Jamar Taylor Michael Egnew Vaughn Martin Michael Clay
McDonald signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2012, a couple of weeks after the Draft. He worked primarily as a reserve tackle, and played well enough to remain with the team's practice squad throughout the season. The team re-signed him to a futures contract immediately after the season.
Why he could improve in 2013:
A year of development with the team should have McDonald better prepared for 2013. He obviously did enough last year in training camp and practices to make him stick around for the entire season and immediately re-sign for this year. Now, he will battle to prove he is worthy of being on the 53 man roster this year.
Why he could regress in 2013:
Developmental linemen are never sure things. Keeping one lineman on the practice squad, simply so you have someone who already knows the offense, is important each year. That could be exactly what the methodology with McDonald was. In that case, the Dolphins may want to grab someone with a high ceiling than McDonald.
Odds he will make the 53-man roster:
McDonald making the 53-man roster would be a surprise. He is currently listed as the third right tackle behind Tyson Clabo and Nate Garner, both of whom will be on the roster. McDonald is most likely a decision between keeping him on the practice squad for a second year, or releasing him.