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Dolphins sign Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead, and MarQueis Gray

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The Miami Dolphins have added three more veterans to the roster.

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The Miami Dolphins had a busy Thursday, signing running backs Daniel Thomas and Isaiah Pead, as well as tight end MarQueis Gray, the team announced late in the day. They also officially announced the re-signing of linebacker Spencer Paysinger. The moves start to round out depth on the roster ahead of the start of the offseason program.

Thomas was the Dolphins' second round pick in 2011, and had been expected to turn into the team's top running back but that never materialized. Concussions early in his career were a concern, and it seemed to make him hesitant until a new helmet was designed for him. Built as a power-back, Thomas shied away from contact and never seemed to get comfortable in Miami's offense. In four seasons with the team, Thomas ran for 1,480 yards on 409 carries with 10 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 55 passes for 412 receiving yards with another three touchdowns.

Thomas spent the 2015 training camp period with the Chicago Bears, where new Miami head coach Adam Gase was the offensive coordinator.

Pead was a second round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He missed the 2014 season with a knee injury sustained in the preseason, and was suspended for one game in 2013 due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He was released during the 2015 season by the Rams and spent a brief period, with no game appearances, on the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster. He has appeared in 27 games for the Rams, with 19 carries for 78 yards, along with 14 receptions for 94 yards. He also also worked as a kick returned, with 18 career returns for an average of 22.9 yards.

Both running backs are likely to be depth options for training camp, without much chance to make the regular season roster unless they star during camp and into the preseason. The Dolphins have been looking for a veteran running back to compete with Jay Ajayi for the starter's role, or as a time-share player to pair with Ajayi, and neither Thomas or Pead seem to be that player. Miami is likely still looking for the right running back, either drafting a rookie to add to the starting mix, or signing or trading for a veteran during the draft or shortly thereafter.

Gray joins four other tight ends on the Dolphins' roster, led by Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims, along with Jake Stoneburner and Dominique Jones. Gray initially joined the league as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota, signing with the San Francisco 49ers. At Minnesota, Gray split time between quarterback and wide receiver, before initially moving to running back with the 49ers, then to tight end. After being cut by the 49ers at the end of the preseason, Gray joined the Cleveland Browns, working as a blocking tight end and a fullback, appearing in 12 games with two receptions for 8 yards. He also ran six times for 43 yards.

He moved to the Minnesota Vikings, who claimed him off waivers, at the end of the 2014 preseason, where he played in the first eight games of the year, catching one pass for 16 yards. He was waived in the middle of the year by Minnesota, and was claimed by the Buffalo Bills, where he appeared in five games, with five starts, catching eight passes for 118 yards. He played in the first four games of the 2015 season for Buffalo, catching on pass for two yards, before a broken arm ended his season.

Like the two running backs, Gray is likely a training camp body for the team, who will be given a chance to earn a roster spot. He is not going to compete with Cameron or Sims for the top of the depth chart, but if he proves he can be a solid blocking tight end, Gray could find a spot on the roster as Miami continues to look for ways to improve their offensive line.