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Dolphins Roster Breakdown: Andrew McDonald

Over the course of the offseason, we will take an in-depth look at every member of the Miami Dolphins' roster. All 90 players will be spotlighted, with the goal being to complete the look before the team's first preseason game (3 days from today). Today, we look at offensive tackle Andrew McDonald.


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.

2012 Review:

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.

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