Miami Dolphins sign Brandon Radcliff of Louisville; Miami native

Brandon Radcliff was a running back for Columbus High School in 2011. Here, he’s facing Mirimar High. On Sunday, Radcliff was signed by the Miami Dolphins.

DAVIE — After bouncing from Indianapolis to Tennessee as an undrafted rookie free agent, running back Brandon Radcliff was elated to sign with his hometown Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

“I’m blessed man,” said Radcliff, who joined Miami’s practice squad. “I’m at home. I’ve been playing football here since I was 5 years old. And my dream is to play in the NFL. And now I’m here at the biggest stage. In Miami. This is my home right here. I was always a Dolphins fan. A Marlins fans. A Panthers fan. Whatever South Florida, Florida, I’m a fan of.”

Radcliff played for coach Chris Merritt at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and was teammates with Dolphins DeVante Parker and Senorise Perry at Louisville, first under Charlie Strong and then Bobby Petrino.

“It was a great offense,” Radcliff said of Louisville. “It was dynamic. I always used to watch DeVante and how he came out there and performed. And I feel like DeVante helped me with my game.”

Radcliff was recruited by local schools like Florida Atlantic and UCF, but landed at Louisville, where he rushed for 903 yards as a senior, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Radcliff, 5-feet-9, 216 pounds, is a power back who could help Miami, if called upon, in short yardage this season.

“I feel I am a hard-nosed runner,” Radcliff said. “North and South. Get downhill. And just focus on the task and not try to do something that’s out of my ordinary.”

The Dolphins had a vacant practice squad spot because they promoted De’Veon Smith, an undrafted rookie free agent from Michigan, back to the roster. Miami could go with Kenyan Drake and Smith as the only two backs on Sunday against Denver, if Senorise Perry is not cleared to play in his return from a concussion.

But with Damien Williams (shoulder) unlikely to play and Perry’s status in question, Radcliff adds important roster depth.

“It’s been a whole obstacle of trying to stick with a team,” Radcliff said. “Getting into this league undrafted, it’s going to be tough. Just come to work. Take it in and every day, try to be a better person. A better Brandon. That’s all I can really ask for myself is just coming in and working.”

 

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