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Miami Dolphins Take High School Steps


The Miami Dolphins made a few trades on Wednesday, both involving high school but each with unique significance.

Both moves involved the Dolphins elevating safety Sheldrick Redwine from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement and signing former Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Damon Arnette to the practice squad.

We’ll start with Redwine, who we believe could be called up in light of second-round rookie Jevon Holland’s pick on the Reserve / COVID-19 roster. Redwine is not only set to play the New York Jets on Sunday, but he could end up in the starting lineup alongside Eric Rowe if Holland remains out and if Brandon Jones cannot recover from the elbow injury that caused him to miss the last two games and which limited him to training on Wednesday.

Redwine became the second player high as a COVID-19 replacement this week, after running back Duke Johnson.

Arnette almost certainly won’t play the Jets on Sunday, but her addition is interesting nonetheless given her status as a 2020 first-round pick and the end of her time in Las Vegas.

The Raiders gave up on Arnette in early November after a video posted on social media showing the former Ohio State star holding a gun and threatening to shoot someone.

This Associated Press excerpt explains his departure from the Raiders:

“There have been a series of bad decisions over the past year, but we cannot stand the video of Damon with a gun threatening to take a life,” said (Raiders GM Mike) Mayock. “The content was unacceptable” contrary to our values ​​and our owner Mark Davis was very clear and very consistent that this is not how we will behave in this community. Ultimately, the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behavior. “

Arnette was drafted 19th overall to be a starting cornerback with an acquired trade pick from Khalil Mack despite what Mayock called “significant concerns” about his character. Arnette was rated lower in most draft rankings, but the Raiders believed after talking to his Ohio State coaches they could develop him on and off the field.

“Obviously in hindsight we weren’t able to do that,” Mayock said. “I know a lot of people including myself, we were all concerned about this, but at the time we thought it was an acceptable risk. Obviously, it is painful at all levels.

Arnette ended up playing 13 games with four starts in her season of one or more with the Raiders, and her last, quite interesting start came against the Dolphins in that wild game at Allegiant Stadium last December.

Arnette also played against the Dolphins last September when Las Vegas won the 31-28 overtime victory.

During his brief NFL career, Arnette did not record any interceptions, and her opponent’s passer rating when targeted was over 100 in each of his two seasons, according to profootball-reference.com.

Arnette became the practice team’s third cornerback along with Javaris Davis and Chris Milton. The active roster includes six cornerbacks – Xavien Howard, Byron Jones, Nik Needham, Justin Coleman, Noah Igbinoghene and Trill Williams – with standout special teams Elijah Campbell possibly returning from the injured reserve at some point in the last weeks of the regular season.