By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on August 11, 2014
The Miami Dolphins are fast approaching one of the more difficult points in the offseason: roster cuts. Miami has a talented young roster, but the cut from roughly 90 players down to a 53-man roster is brutal on the coaching staff.
Here are five players sure to be on the roster bubble entering Week 2 of the preseason for Miami.
Williams may have intriguing size -- something Miami is surely lacking at the receiver position -- but his inability to make a consistent impact may cost him a roster spot. Players such as Armon Binns and Kevin Cone stepped up Friday night to contribute, while Williams made no impact at all. With a loaded receiving corps, Miami may be forced to part ways with the former Seattle Seahawk.
Entering Week 2 of the preseason, there is no way that Jones is not fighting for his roster spot. Jones made little to no impact during Friday night's loss to Atlanta, thus leading to a demotion to the third team in Monday's physical practice. With Walt Aikens' apparent move to safety and the duo of Michael Thomas and Jordan Kovacs stepping up their game a bit, Jones may not make it through the first wave of roster cuts.
One of the more unfortunate parts of the preseason is always the injuries that tend to pile up week in and week out. Williams looked like a contender to make the final spot on Miami's 53-man roster, but an ankle injury suffered in Friday's loss may end his short tenure with the team. Williams is eligible for the practice squad and could be stashed away for a season or two similar to what the team did in 2013 with Cameron Marshall.
Egnew has been hurt for the majority of training camp, but he cannot seem to hold onto the football when he is participating in 7-on-7 drills or even 1-v-1 drills. Egnew was known as a "joker" tight end when Miami drafted him in the third round a few seasons ago, but he has struggled to even make an impact through the air for the team. With younger players offering a bit more than the pedestrian Egnew, his time is coming to an end in Miami.
Freeny has been a decent backup outside linebacker for Miami during his tenure with the team, but his time may be coming to an end with the squad due to the emergence of a young unknown player. OLB Chris McCain has looked great and is receiving a great amount of buzz out of Miami's camp. The former Cal linebacker is incredibly athletic and could give Miami a nice moveable piece at linebacker once he gets up to speed in the NFL.
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