PRACTICE MANEUVERS

The Dolphins began filling out their practice squad on Monday, signing three players they had released the day before.<P>Signed to the practice squad were wide receivers Robert Baker and Corey Bridges, as well as offensive tackle Brandon Winey.<P>

The Dolphins would have liked to have added rookie defensive end Otis Leverette to the practice squad as well, but those plans were squashed when the Washington Redskins claimed Leverette off waivers.

Like Leverette, Winey was among the Dolphins' nine draft choices this past April. Winey appears to have the potential to become a quality NFL player in time, but he's got some work to do.

Baker, meanwhile, probably would have made the active roster had Coach Dave Wannstedt decided to keep six wide receivers. But Wannstedt chose to go with five, which left Baker out in the cold.

Baker, of course, provided the biggest highlight of the preseason when he hauled in Mike Quinn's Hail Mary at Tampa Bay to give the Dolphins an improbable victory. Baker finished the preseason with five catches for 85 yards, with a team-leading 17-yard average.

As for Bridges, he caught seven passes in the preseason, including a 17-yarder against the Vikings last Friday night.

The Dolphins still have two spots available on the practice squad.


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