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Dolphins claim Mickey Shuler Jr off waivers


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The Dolphins claimed rookie tight end Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Vikings on Thursday, giving them three tight ends and filling a roster spot held open since Tuesday.

Shuler, son of the former Jets and Eagles tight end of the same name, was a Penn State classmate of Dolphins rookie defensive end Jared Odrick. The Colts and Giants also entered claims for Shuler.

The younger Shuler was a seventh-round draft pick in April and joins Anthony Fasano and rookie Jeron Mastrud (Kansas State) with the Dolphins. Tight end John Nalbone, the Dolphins' fifth-rounder in 2009, was waived Tuesday.

A former fullback, Shuler caught only 27 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns his final three years at Penn State, but at 6 feet 4 and 251 pounds he is considered an outstanding blocker. At his Pro Day, Shuler ran a 4.65 40-yard dash and had a vertical leap of 37 1/2 inches.

Shuler also has good experience working in a two tight-end set, which he did often for the Nittany Lions opposite Andrew Quarless, a fifth-round pick of the Packers this year.

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