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Former FAU Linebacker Hinds Signed After Strong Tryout

Posted May 5, 2013

Dolphins reward local product with contract at rookie camp. Team releases Belton and McCabe.



Showing up and then standing out at the Miami Dolphins’ rookie orientation paid off handsomely for Florida Atlantic University linebacker David Hinds today, as the Miami native was signed to a contract following a successful tryout.

The Dolphins also waived rookie free agent quarterback Clay Belton out of Findlay and rookie free agent linebacker Rob McCabe from Georgetown, leaving them with 18 undrafted free agents.

Last year it was offensive lineman Andrew McDonald making enough of a lasting impression during his tryout as an undrafted rookie to earn a free agent contract. By adding the 6-foot, 226-pound Hinds to the roster it proved yet again that General Manager Jeff Ireland and Head Coach Joe Philbin are not blowing smoke when they insist that everyone gets a fair shake to make the team regardless of how they got here.

“The hard work, attitude and attention to detail David showed during the weekend rookie orientation paid off,” Ireland said. “As a player invited to try out, David approached the whole process, highlighted by his work ethic during practices and meetings, with the type of characteristics that we are looking to add to the Miami Dolphins.”

Hinds, who starred at Miami-Edison High School before moving onto FAU, finished his career with the Owls with 238 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He appeared in 45 games for the state school and becomes the first FAU player to sign a contract with Miami.