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Dolphins fill out roster by signing former Toledo, Hawks WR Kenny Stafford

7/19/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Miami Dolphins continue to tinker with their offseason roster, just two days before the start of training camp this week, filling out the last spot on the 90-man squad at a position where they are already considered crowded. Free agent wide receiver Kenny Stafford has signed with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced the signing on Thursday.
 
The first-year wide receiver s Kenny Stafford spent last summer with the Atlanta Falcons, who picked him out of Toledo after Stafford initially went unselected in the 2012 NFL Draft. But the Miami Dolphins waived Kenny Stafford during the 2012 preseason, on August 25. Kenny Stafford has since played for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League and Montreal Allouettes of the Canadian League.
 
The , 6-foot-2, 204-pound Kenny Stafford recorded 59 receptions for 935 yards and eight touchdowns for the Toledo Rockets during his collegiate career. As a senior, Kenny Stafford had 21 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown at Toledo.
 
Even though he went undrafted, Kenny Stafford turned heads during his Pro day when he ran the 40-yard dash on the 4.37 mark.
 
Kenny Stafford joins a crowded receiving corps in Miami, with eight players competing for at least one of three roster spots available at the position during the 2012 regular season.
 
The Miami Dolphins reportedly had a void at receiver after Joe Hasting announced his retirement, due to knee issues, earlier this month. After already not being able to accumulate any statistics in 2012, since Kenny Stafford remained unsigned by a team through the regular season, Stafford is again will be again viewed as a long shot to make the team. However, Kenny Stafford will still provide the Miami Dolphins with a camp body.
 
Kenny Stafford’s signing comes on the heels of the news that the Mimi Dolphins did get around to signing deal done with free agent fullback Vonta Leach. But now, the Miami Dolphins are interested what kind of shape their team will take on with returning starter Jorvoski Lane, and whether Lane Johnson is able to impress coaches during training camp. This does not necessarily mean the Miami Dolphins have moved on from all prospects of signing Vonta Leach. But it does insinuate that the Miami Dolphins will have to cut someone to make roster room for Vonta Leach.
 
But the 31-year-old Vonta Leach doesn’t have the Miami Dolphins as the top option to return to the field next season. He could also choose to return to the Baltimore Ravens under a more flexible contract than the one the team released him from.  Vonta Leah also reportedly had an offer on the table from the Houston Texans, with whom he also had a previous stint, so he has a food chance of ending up in a familiar place for the 2013 season. The New York Giants were also rumored to be interested in acquiring Vonta Leach’s services
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