Former Hawkeye receiver Keenan Davis signed with the Dolphins on Wednesday, joining former Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe and ex-Hawkeye Marvin McNutt in Miami.
“Its my first time being away from home,” Davis said. “Born in Iowa. Went to Iowa. To have familiar faces … makes me feel at home.”
Davis was waived by Cleveland last week. He had signed with the Browns following the NFL Draft in April.
“Its an emotional roller coaster,” Davis said. “You start to re-think what you’ve got to do, re-think your approach. I kept working, waiting for the call.
“I’m really humbled to have this opportunity. It feels good to get my name called.”
Davis signed with the Dolphins after a try-out on Monday. The Dolphins also signed receiver Julius Pruitt, 27, who was also in camp with Miami last fall before being cut.
Also on Wednesday, Miami cut a pair of injured receivers — Armon Binns and Jasper Collins. Another receiver, Rishard Matthews is on the sidelines with an injury.
Davis will be competing with McNutt, among others, for the fourth and fifth receiver spots.
“In college I was competing against (McNutt),” Davis told the Miami media. “We’re best friends. That’s my brother. Me and him are going to go out and make each other better.”
The Dolphins start Mike Wallace (6-0, 195), Brian Hartline (6-2, 199) and Brandon Gibson (6-0, 207) at receiver.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Davis could add size to to the unit.
“That’s how I learned to play receiver,” Davis said. “Be physical. At Iowa, we use that. It was physical there, every aspect of the game.”
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said that McNutt has been “consistent” making plays in camp, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Other receivers in camp for the Dolphins include Chad Bumphis, Jeff Fuller, Andrell Smith, Brian Tyms and Kennny Stafford.
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