3 Miami Dolphins undrafted rookies Mike Tannenbaum complimented

Miami Dolphins defensive back Maurice Smith warms-up before an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

PHILADELPHIA — Asked to name a few undrafted rookies who have stood out to him, Miami Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum chose three players who have excelled in training camp and the preseason.

Tannenbaum named these players during his appearance on the local CBS broadcast Thursday night:

• Defensive back Maurice Smith (6-feet, 195 pounds)

Background: Smith was a one-year starter and captain at Georgia and played 40 games at Alabama before he transferred.  Smith can play safety and cornerback. Through two preseason games, Smith had six tackles and a quarterback hurry. Smith is listed as a fourth-string safety, but he could be a part of Miami’s future.

• Defensive back Torry McTyer (6-feet, 195 pounds)

Background: McTyer was a two-year starter at UNLV where he played cornerback and was also a standout kickoff returner. McTyer’s father is Tim McTyer, former Eagle and Brown. In the first two preseason games, McTyer had two tackles and led the team with four kickoff returns for an average of 16.5 yards. McTyer is listed as a fifth-string cornerback but he could certainly be a practice squad candidate, if he does not make the 53-man roster.

• Punter Matt Haack (6-feet-1, 185 pounds)

Background: His name is pronounced “Hawk” and he was a four-year standout at Arizona State. Through two preseason games, Haack averaged more yards per punt (44.0) and net yards (39.8) than starter Matt Darr, although Darr placed four of his eight punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Haack is a left-footed punter, which can create a challenging spin for opposing returners.

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