Now the fourth-year player out of Arizona State has found a place on the 53-man roster as a backup to
“It’s pretty much a whirlwind, going right back to where they released me a week later,” Nolan said. “But things like that happen and it’s the league and it’s a business and I understand that.”
Part of that business is being able to adjust on the fly to being in a new locker room and to new coaches and a new system. Nolan didn’t waste any time getting himself acclimated to the fast tempo of Head Coach Joe Philbin’s practices and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s system.
“I felt pretty good out there (Monday) and playing in the secondary is not much different from team to team,” said Nolan, who had three interceptions, 1.5 sacks, on3 fumble recovery and 52 tackles (33 solo) in the last two seasons with Houston. “Really it’s the terminology you’ve got to get down and memorize and I’m going to come out here and go to work everyday, get better, make the team better and just help out any way I can.”
Nolan gets that chance against his former team Sunday.
HOGAN HAPPY TO STAY IN MIAMI: After becoming one of the stars of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Miami Dolphins,” rookie wide receiver
Hogan earned the nickname “7-11” from his teammates because he was always getting open in practice, and people began to wonder if the former college lacrosse player at Penn State might make the team. Alas, he was one of the final cuts on Friday, but less than 24 hours later he was signed to the team’s eight-man practice squad.
“For me it’s mind of what I’ve been working for. If it wasn’t going to be on the 53 then it was hopefully going to be on the practice squad,” Hogan said. “After you put in so much time and effort down here, hopefully you get something out of it, so I couldn’t be any happier right now. Sticking with the Dolphins was huge because starting over it always tough. So I was happy that I got to stay here. I know the offense, the coaches and the players so that’s always a plus.”
Hogan was one of seven players that spent all of training camp with the Dolphins to be added to the practice squad, joining fellow wide receiver