By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on August 3, 2014
Every season we see big-name players cut in camp due to younger talent showing promise and the ability to take the reigns from an aging veterans. The Miami Dolphins are no different and could part ways with a few more well-known players in 2014 due to young talent behind each player stepping up and beating them outright for their roster spot.
Here are five Miami players on the roster bubble in 2014:
Thigpen has been one of the better returners in recent Miami history, but his roster spot is no guarantee this season. Miami has brought in a few players with experience in the return game such as WRs Damian Williams and Jarvis Landry, and have been experimenting with RB Lamar Miller and CB Brent Grimes a bit. Williams has shined thus far and could make Thigpen expendable if he can shine as a receiver as well.
No surprise here as Wheeler struggled in 2013 despite leading Miami in tackles with a total of 118. Wheeler was a liability in coverage and could not tackle consistently to aid Miami's struggling run defense last season. Young OLB Jelani Jenkins has been pushing Wheeler for his starting position thus far and has been seeing some first-team snaps over Wheeler. If Jenkins can prove to be a more well-rounded player, Wheeler could be gone.
Egnew has been on the roster bubble the past two seasons and has really struggled to get much of anything going for the team after being a third-round selection. Miami has a plethora of tight ends and may need to make some difficult decisions regarding talented players such as Egnew and Harold "Gator" Hoskins. It's unlikely that the team keeps five tight ends in 2014, therefore, the fourth spot will be up to Egnew or Hoskins to grab.
Gibson played well in 2013 before being placed on the injured reserve due to a knee injury partway through the season. Gibson will not only have to fight his way back from injury, but he will also have to fight for his roster spot in 2014 after WR Rishard Matthews proved to fill in well for Gibson in the slot last season and Miami brought in WR Jarvis Landry with a second-round pick May's NFL Draft. Will Miami keep all three slot receivers?
Whether Moreno should be cut is beyond me, but I do think there is a good chance he does not make Miami's 53-man squad. UDFA Damien Williams has been impressive thus far and RB Daniel Thomas' pass protection has reportedly improved, which shouldn't be too hard. Moreno was brought in due to his ability to run hard between the tackles and provide a strong blocker out of the back field. Williams and Thomas could beat Moreno outright.
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