The Miami Dolphins were back to work on Tuesday, getting ready for the New York Jets after the South Florida franchise’s bye week. Tuesday was also a chance for the team to take a look at some available free agent players, including a name that should be pretty familiar to fans.
According to an Armando Salguero report in the Miami Herald, the Dolphins brought in defensive end Martin Ifedi, the 2015 seventh-round pick of the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. He was released by the team at the end of the preseason that year, then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason before again being waived. He has never appeared in an NFL game.
The Dolphins also brought back a former member of the team, as well as a player who made a splash with the New England Patriots, in running back Jonas Gray. The former Notre Dame running back initially signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but spent the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to a knee injury from college. He was waived by Miami at the end of the 2013 preseason before spending the season with the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. In 2014, Gray made his regular season debut with the New England Patriots after a mid-season promotion from the team’s practice squad.
With the Patriots, Gray rushed for 412 yards on 89 carries with five touchdowns, with the vast majority of his stats coming on a 37 carry, 201 yard, four touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts. He was with the team through their Super Bowl championship that season, but was released after the 2015 preseason.
Gray then returned to the Dolphins, where he started on the practice squad before spending much of the year bouncing between the team’s active roster and practice squad. He was eventually poached off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars, finishing the year with the North Florida team. He was placed on injured reserve during the 2016 preseason and received an injury settlement in August, allowing him to sign with a team whenever he is fully recovered from a quadriceps injury.
Both Ifedi and Gray are practice squad eligible.