Miami Dolphins hold CFL-filled workout

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The Miami Dolphins had a CFL-filled workout session on Tuesday.

There were a number of different players in attendance from various teams.

CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson headlined the group. Jefferson had a great showing in front of the Dolphins’ staff. In fact, Miami cut it short because Jefferson displayed everything the personnel men wanted to see – walked away with a strong positive impression.

Winnipeg teammates, defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo and defensive back Marcus Sayles and were there as well. Kongbo was chosen by the Bombers in the first round, fifth overall during the 2019 CFL draft. Sayles, who was a West Division all-star, produced his best season as a pro with 64 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, two defensive touchdowns and one sack.

Saskatchewan Roughriders league all-star linebacker Derrick Moncrief made the trip to the Dolphins facility. Moncrief recorded 69 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and forced one fumble in 17 starts for the Riders. After two seasons at Oklahoma State University, Moncrief went overlooked by the NFL in 2017.

Edmonton’s defensive line duo Mike Moore and Nick Usher displayed their abilities. Moore was a West Division all-star after notching single-season career-bests with 23 tackles and nine sacks during his fourth year in the three-down league. Usher had 36 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles for the Eskimos.

Calgary defensive back DaShaun Amos rounded out the cast of CFLers. Amos earned West Division all-star status by totalling 42 tackles, eight knockdowns, five interceptions — one returned for a touchdown. The 25-year-old was at New York Giants training camp in 2017 as an undrafted free agent.

Miami is known for keeping close tabs on talent in the CFL.

The Dolphins signed Cameron Wake in January 2009 and it worked out well for both sides. Wake earned almost $52 million USD during his tenure in Miami, a period over which he recorded 360 combined tackles and 98 sacks in 146 games. Wake made the Pro Bowl in five of ten seasons with the Dolphins.

Last off-season Miami inked former Rider linebacker, Sam Eguavoen who earned a starting linebacker role in South Beach. Eguavoen has made 40 combined tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 13 games for the Dolphins in his first NFL season.

Jefferson is the oldest man of the CFL bunch, but it’s possible one or more of the men catch enough attention to earn an NFL contract.