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Seahawks claim Demarcus Dobbs off waivers from 49ers, place Greg Scruggs on IR

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The Seahawks have claimed DE/TE Demarcus Dobbs off of waivers from the 49ers, and placed DE Greg Scruggs on the injured reserve with a knee injury.

Dobbs is a 6'2, 280 pounder out of Georgia who was signed by the Niners in 2011 and has been with the team until this season, off and on. He played defensive end, and recently spent some time on the offensive side of the ball at tight end. He's actually listed as a tight end on the NFL website. He also had a central role with San Francisco's special teams units. He was released yesterday.

According to Matt Barrows, Dobbs "had been Justin Smith's primary backup at right defensive end and he also had been part of the team's coverage and return units on special teams. He had played well behind Smith this year, but the team simply has more invested in (Quinton) Dial and (Tank) Carradine." The move likely precedes Aldon Smith returning to the roster next week. Dobbs signed a one-year restricted free-agent tender of $1.4 million in the offseason.

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Here's what David Fucillo of Niners Nation had to say about Dobbs when I emailed him for a quick scouting report:

Demarcus Dobbs is a decent reserve defensive lineman. I don't know if "replacement level" would be the proper term, but that's sort of what he is. He and Tony Jerod-Eddie were the backups behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, with TJE usually ending up with more snaps. Dobbs spent most of his time as a core special teams guy (usually among team leaders in ST snaps).

The Seahawks also signed DE Ryan Robinson to their practice squad. The 6'4, 255 DE was signed by the Raiders as a UDFA last year. Here's his NFLDraftScout profile. Here's what Silver and Black Pride had to say about him.