5 Miami Dolphins Cut Victims Who Deserved a Roster Spot
5 Dolphins cuts who deserved a roster spot
The Miami Dolphins were the last NFL team to release their list of roster cuts that brought teams down the the maximum of 53 players. Transparent at always (that's sarcasm), the Fins were three hours behind the deadline to report them to the NFL. And while the Dolphins trimmed 22 players off their roster to get to their required limit, they've invested heavily in the secondary.
The Fins had some tough decisions to make regarding the last eight spots on their roster, but perhaps the biggest surprise was to keep third-stringer Pat Devlin. As with most teams in the NFL, the Dolphins are still looking to turn over the bottom half of their roster as the waiver wire begins to populate.
The full list of cuts as announced by the Dolphins: G Chris Barker, C Sam Brenner, WR Chad Bumphis, WR Keenan Davis, DT A.J. Francis, RB Jonas Gray, S Keelan Johnson, S Jordan Kovacs, T Andrew McDonald, WR Marvin McNutt,TE Kyle Miller, DE Tristin Okpalaugo, CB Julian Posey, CB De’Andre Presley, DT Kheeston Randall, DT Tracey Robertson, LB Lee Robinson, LB Austin Spitler, WR Brian Tyms.
The waived/injured group: T Jeff Adams and QB Aaron Corp
Finally, the terminated contracts: LB Antwan Applewhite
Look for the Dolphins to address depth issues on the offensive line at tight end and now at wide receiver. Cutting McNutt, Tyms and Bumphis left the Dolphins with only four receivers on their roster.
Here are five players I think the Dolphins will regret cutting.
5. Kyle Miller
Mentally and physically unprepared for the rigors of the NFL, last year's third-round pick Michael Egnew was a major disappointment in his rookie season, remaining inactive for all but two games. Enter Kyle Miller. The late-season pickup last year flashed potential at times both in practice and the offseason, but never seemed to get a fair shake with the starters.
With tight ends Charles Clay, Egnew and rookie Dion Sims chosen as final cuts — at least for now — Miller is out of a job. It seems surprising that Miller didn't make the team, given that Clay has never had great chemistry with Ryan Tannehill and Egnew never looking like more than a soft tissue. Look for the Dolphins to continue to churn either Egnew or Clay and find a tight end on the waiver wire.
4. A.J. Francis
The Dolphins have three players on the defensive line — Paul Soliai, Randy Starks and Jared Odrick — who are multi-scheme talents, meaning they could play for any team in the NFL at this very moment. And while that's great for this year, two of those players, Soliai and Starks, are heading into the final year of their contracts. If the Dolphins were thinking long term, they would have traded at least one of them to keep fast-riser A.J. Francis on the roster.
Instead, Francis becomes a casualty of a defensive line that is extremely deep, and his talent will have to land elsewhere in the league. Don't expect him to land on the Dolphins' practice squad; he played too well this preseason.
3. Jonas Gray
Jonas Gray, an undrafted rookie from last year who tore his ACL late in his senior season at Notre Dame, was starting to look like a featured goal line running back through most of the preseason. Gray led the team in rushing in the preseason opener against Dallas and eventually worked his way ahead of rookie fifth-round pick Mike Gillislee on the depth chart.
With strong short yardage ability and with Daniel Thomas still looking like a blown draft pick, it was a surprise that the Dolphins didn't keep him on the roster. Look for the Dolphins to possibly add another running back to an underwhelming cast.
2. Kheeston Randall
There's not much to say about Kheeston Randall other than that he joined A.J. Francis in the unemployment line due to the Dolphins' stellar lineup on the defensive line. A big man in the middle, look for Randall to land on another team's active roster after the waivers start filing in.
1. Chad Bumphis
Four receivers — that's all the pass catchers the Dolphins kept on the active roster during the last round of cuts. Chad Bumphis should have been the fifth. The speedy Bumphis looked like he was exactly what the Fins wanted in the slot as he zipped around and made plays through the first few preseason games. Although a big gamble, I believe the Dolphins are hoping that by limiting the amount of looks Bumphis had over the last two preseason games, they'll be able to stash him on the practice squad.
If any teams were actually watching the Fins' preseason games — and they were — expect him to be on an active roster asap.
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