DAVIE — For the last two weeks, the Miami Dolphins have played undrafted rookie wide receiver Rashawn Scott from Miami over third-rounder Leonte Carroo from Rutgers.
“I know everybody will look and say, ‘Draft pick over an undrafted guy,’ but I really don’t care about that,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said this week. “I care about guys competing and trying to do it right and seeing if guys can contribute.”
Carroo has said he needs to be better on special teams. He has also conceded he needed to step up his attention to detail and preparation from how he approached things earlier in the season.
Dolphins assistant head coach and special teams coach Darren Rizzi said there is a new culture where no player can just expect he’ll be dressing each week.
“I love the fact that you have a bunch of guys fighting for the 45th and 46th spot on game day, because it creates a competitive environment in practice,” Rizzi said. “We practice harder, and it creates a better situation for the game. I’m pleased with where we are right now. I know Carroo is disappointed that he has been inactive the last couple of weeks, but hopefully he continues to get better and practice harder and keep fighting for that spot.”
Gase said the team is looking for players on the “back half of the roster” the team can “trust.”
“We’re trying to find as many guys as we can to (where) we trust them and they can do the right thing,” Gase said. “This week will be a different week, and we’ll see what the inactives (are), what we do with that.”
Neither Gase nor Rizzi was excluding the possiblity Carroo could dress for Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh.
Carroo has size (6-feet-1, 217 pounds) and size and strength. But he has admitted to a learning curve in the NFL, especially in learning all the responsibilities of three different receiver positions.
Carroo has three catches for 29 yards this season, including a 15-yard touchdown against San Francisco.
“Carroo got the chance out of the gate,” Rizzi said. “He was active for a lot of weeks. He was mixed in with special teams. I’m not going to say he performed poorly, but we needed him to be a little bit better.”
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