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Oct 01, 1997: -- Mike Crawford; Jim Kitts Sign With Dolphins --
ESPN is reporting this afternoon that the Dolphins have signed
linebacker Mike Crawford from the practice squad back on to the
regular squad. Crawford was a 6th round draft choice of the Dolphins
this year and made it all the way through training camp, only to be
cut and placed on the practice squad after the first game against the
Fullback Jim Kitts was also signed to the regular roster
today. Kitts, a 6'2", 243 pound player from Ferrum college, was on
the Washington Redskins squad this summer, but was cut in August.
Last year, he played with the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football
League, where he was both a linebacker and a fullback.
Both these players were signed mainly to help fill in gaps on
special teams, although Kitts will probably get a chance to compete at
The Dolphins also signed offensive lineman Ron Collins to the
practice squad. Collins is a 6'5", 289 pound offensive guard from
Fresno State who was with the Indianapolis Colts this summer, but was
cut at the end of training camp. Even though he was listed as a guard
on the official NFL website, he played left tackle for the Colts this
When Ronnie Ward went down, the Dolphins were left with only 5
linebacker on the regular roster and it makes sense to bring back
Crawford, even though he probably won't make much of a contribution.
Mostly, if he gets to play at all, it will likely be on special teams.
I know next to nothing about Jim Kitts, other than he played
"Iron Man" football in the AFL - the Arena Football league. He was
good enough to survive the summer in Redskins training camp, but is
probably just a place holder until Stanley Pritchett returns.
Ron Collins is just a warm body to take up space during
practice so that the real players can get a rest now and then.
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