The Dolphins now have 10 players on their roster that weren’t there Thursday.
That’s the big takeaway after the Dolphins claimed a staggering five players off waivers on Sunday: Ex-Patriots Trent Harris (a defensive end) and Ken Webster (a defensive back); linebacker Deon Lacey (formerly of the Bills); defensive end Avery Moss (Giants); and defensive back Steven Parker (Rams).
They’ll join the five players the Dolphins added in trades in recent days: cornerback Johnson Bademosi and tackle Julien Davenport (acquired from the Texans in the Laremy Tunsil trade); linebacker Vince Biegel (via the Saints, in the Kiko Alonso deal); and offensive linemen Evan Boehm (Colts) and Danny Isidora (Vikings).
To make room for Sunday’s five waiver claims, the Dolphins released defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, offensive tackle Zach Sterup, linebacker Terrill Hanks, safety Montre Hartage and tight end Chris Myarick.
Sterup appeared in 12 games and started two over the past two seasons. Washington, a former Bills starter, was signed in the offseason. Myarick impressed the team in preseason, but Miami ultimately kept three tight ends (Nick O’Leary, Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe). Hanks was an undrafted rookie out of New Mexico State and Miami LaSalle High. And Hartage was an undrafted cornerback out of Northwestern who made the conversion to safety this summer.
Meanwhile, Harris wasn’t the only former Hurricanes player added by the Dolphins on Sunday. Miami also signed defensive tackle Gerald Willis after he was released by Baltimore on Saturday. Willis had 18 tackles for loss for the Hurricanes last season before surprisingly going undrafted in April.
Miami also signed quarterback Jake Rudock to its practice squad after releasing him Saturday.
As for the 53-man roster, here’s something staggering: Nearly 20 percent of the team’s current roster didn’t go through training camp with the Dolphins and were unwanted by the franchises that let them leave.
Both Isidora and Harris, who was on New England’s practice squad last year, attended the University of Miami. Seven of the 10 new players on the 53-man roster are on defense.
Moss is a former fifth-round pick out of Youngstown State who played in 11 games and started two games in 2017 and was on the Giants’ practice squad next year.
Lacey, 29, has had appeared in every game for the Bills the last two years, logging 16 tackles. He spent the 2017 offseason and training camp with the Dolphins and previously played three seasons in the CFL.
Parker spent 2018 on the Rams’ practice squad after going undrafted out of Oklahoma, where he was second-team All Big 12 as a senior.
And Webster is a rookie seventh-round pick out of Ole Miss who had three career interceptions in college.
Cornerback Nik Needham, receiver Isaiah Ford and defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (two players who showed promise as Dolphins in training camp) and former Patriots practice squad linebacker Christian Sam (a sixth-round pick in 2018) were among others added to the Dolphins’ practice squad, besides Willis and Rudock.
Myarick also is expected to be added after clearing waivers, and Hanks and Hartage also could end up on Miami’s practice-squad as well.
The Dolphins waived 27 players Saturday and only cornerback Cornell Armstrong was signed by another team; Houston gave him a two-year deal.