The Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey went back to his roots to find the man he would name his assistant.

The Dolphins have announced that Eric Stokes has been named Assistant General Manager of the team. Prior to coming to Miami, Stokes spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the director of college scouting. He was responsible for coordinating and compiling the evaluations of all draft-eligible players, while overseeing the entire college scouting staff.

The Dolphins, through a press release, made the announcement, explaining the benefit of Stokes being added to the staff.

“Eric is an experienced and accomplished talent evaluator with a proven record of success at various levels of professional football and we are thrilled to have him join the Dolphins,” said Hickey. “I have been fortunate to have worked with Eric in the past, he is known throughout the NFL as a well-respected forward thinker with strong leadership qualities who will be a great addition to our personnel staff and our organization.”

Stokes is no stranger to the NFL in general. He played two seasons as a safety for the Seahawks after being selected in the fifth round (121st overall) of the 1997 NFL draft. He also was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft.

Clay honored for his work

The Miami Dolphins Brent Grimes was named to the NFL’s Top 100 players in the league by NFL Network. Now, Grimes has someone to share the honor with.

Charles Clay wasn’t supposed to make a difference or impact on the team last season, but because of the injury to tight end Dustin Keller, Clay’s role with the franchise was more than huge. He was named the 89th most important player in the league.

After catching 34 passes in his first two seasons combined, Clay finished the 2013 campaign with 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. The 69 receptions ranked third among AFC tight ends behind Jordan Cameron’s 80 and Antonio Gates’ 77 and also represented the second-highest total in franchise history at the position behind the 73 catches of Randy McMichael in 2004.

 Clay also had the second-highest receiving yardage total ever for a Dolphins tight end behind McMichael’s 791 in that 2004 season, and the touchdown total was one off the team record for a tight end, a mark accomplished by Anthony Fasano in 2008 and Keith Jackson in 1994.