The Miami Dolphins moved to bolster their wide receiver corps days after losing Armon Binns for the season to a knee injury, signing a name that only the most diehard of Dolphins fans will remember.
The team signed Julius Pruitt, who played for Miami in 2011 but was cut during training camp last season. He will bring a familiarity with Miami's offense that could help him win one of the five receiver spots on the roster.
Pruitt appeared in nine games in 2011, but did not catch a single pass, appearing mostly on special teams. He did have seven receptions for 61 yards last preseason. The 27-year-old Pruitt attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, and has spent each of the three training camps with the Dolphins.
He was not the only receiver Miami worked out over the last few days. According to NBCSports' ProFootballTalk, former Cowboys and Jaguars receiver Laurent Robinson and former Colt Austin Collie also received tryouts.
Miami is looking for more depth after losing Binns on Sunday to an ACL injury. He was expected to be the Dolphins' fourth receiver behind Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson. Rishard Matthews, the frontrunner for the fifth receiver spot, is also out, expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to an undisclosed injury.
The Dolphins also signed rookie WR Keenan Davis, who hauled in 112 receptions for 1,470 yards in four seasons at the University of Iowa. To make room on the roster, the team waived Binns and WR Jasper Collins.
Besides Pruitt and Davis, receivers Marvin McNutt, Jeff Fuller, Brian Tyms, Chad Bumphis, Kenny Stafford, and Andrell Smith are competing for the two roster spots behind Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson.