The 2015 NFL Draft brought the Miami Dolphins seven new players, along with several undrafted free agent signings. The moves also seem to have made three players expendable as the team announced today they have released cornerbacks T.J. Heath and Lowell Rose and kicker Zach Hocker.
Heath appeared in two games for the Dolphins in 2014 after spending most of the season on the practice squad. He has also spent time on the Cleveland Browns' practice squad (2013), the Buffalo Bills' practice squad (2012), the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad (2012), and theJacksonville Jaguars' active roster and practice squad (2011). He was originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Jacksonville State.
Heath has appeared in seven games in his career, five with the Jaguars and the two with Miami. He re-signed with the Dolphins in mid-March.
Lowell re-signed with the Dolphins on a futures contract in January after finishing the year on the Dolphins practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster for Miami in October, making his NFL debut when he started at cornerback against the Denver Broncos, recording one tackle, before being waived and re-signed to the practice squad, where he finished the year.He originally went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2013, initially signing with the 49ers. He spent the 2014 training camp and the preseason with the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers before signing to the Dolphins' practice squad.
Like Lowell, Hocker signed with Miami on a futures contract in January. He spent the 2014 preseason with the Washington Redskins after being selected by the club in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. He was released by Washington in the final round of roster cuts.