Miami general manager Jeff Ireland and six other Dolphins scouts attended FIU’s Pro Day in March.
Who would have thought they had their eyes on a little-known offensive lineman — and projected said lineman as a fullback?
The Dolphins on Thursday signed Rupert Bryan, an offensive tackle who started 43 games for the Panthers. The Dolphins intend to use him as a fullback, and he is expected to compete with Jorvorskie Lane at the position.
The Dolphins waived injured defensive tackle Chas Alecxih and wide receiver Taylor Stockemer to make room for Bryan, who became the third FIU player to sign with Miami.
The others were offensive lineman Andy Leavine and the late Chandler Williams. Williams, a receiver, died in January at age 27 while participating in a flag football tournament. Neither Leavine nor Williams made the team’s active roster.
Bryan has some experience in the backfield. He lined up at fullback in a game against FAU, running in a touchdown. Bryan, who has lost more than 30 pounds since college, ran a 4.8-second 40-yard dash at FIU’s Pro Day.
Taylor joins board
Dolphins great Jason Taylor was named to the NFL Foundation Board of Directors. Taylor, a former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, will serve on the board for a two-year term.
“I am honored to join the NFL Foundation,” Taylor said. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the 32 NFL teams to advance the foundation’s mission.”
Said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: “We appreciate Jason’s commitment to the NFL Foundation.
“As a former NFL player and a dedicated philanthropist, Jason brings a unique and valuable perspective to the organization.”
The NFL Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of those touched by the game of football.