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Here's how the Miami Dolphins used AAF to help rebuild their roster

The Miami Dolphins, in the hunt for several players to fill out their 90-man roster for training camp, are using their evaluations from the defunct Alliance of American Football League to acquire talent before this month’s NFL draft.

The Dolphins, who are rebuilding their roster in hopes of achieving sustained success in the future, signed seven AAF players on Tuesday: running back Kenneth Farrow, linebacker Tyrone Holmes, defensive tackle Joey Mbu, offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith, wide receiver Reece Horn, linebacker Jayrone Elliott and offensive guard Michael Dunn.

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The AAF allowed players who were college standouts and/or bounced around on NFL practice squads to show scouts their potential, while NFL teams like the Dolphins have been able to evaluate potential roster additions in actual game settings.

Farrow, a New England Patriots practice squad player last season, set the AAF’s single-game rushing record with 142 yards. He could help the Dolphins’ depth at the position, which features only Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage as the only running backs on the roster.

Farrow began his career as an injury backup for Melvin Gordon, Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead with the Chargers in 2016.

Holmes, who had 4.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits with San Antonio, was a former sixth-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, but spent the past two years on practice squads with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Chargers. He was the FCS Defensive Player of the Year at Montana, where he had 18 sacks, 87 tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss as a senior.

Mbu, who spent last season’s minicamp with the Green Bay Packers and new Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, was undrafted out of Houston, and played seven games with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. Mbu was also on the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts practice squads, before appearing in two games for the Colts in 2017. He did not make the Packers roster last season.

Holmes, Mbu and Elliott, who led the AAF with 7.5 sacks, will bolster the Dolphins’ defensive line depth in training camp and could emerge as potential contributors next season.

Dunn, who practiced under new Dolphins offensive line coach Pat Flaherty with the Jaguars last year, and Jones-Smith, who was a Houston Texans practice-squad player last season, could compete as a backup to left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Horn played in all eight games this spring for the Memphis Express, finishing with 28 catches for 429 yards (fourth-most in the AAF) and a touchdown. He spent the 2016 offseason and training camp with the Tennessee Titans and spent time playing in Europe after being a first-team Division II All-American as a senior at Indianapolis in 2015.

Currently, the Dolphins have 67 players on their roster (51 returning from last season, nine free agents and seven AAF players).

They will add seven more in the draft, which will be held April 25-27, and need to add 16 more players for the full 90-man training camp roster.

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