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Dolphins need to get a scent for nose tackles

While the most obvious conclusion to draw from today's four roster moves -- the waiving of K Connor Barth, WR Anthony Armstrong, NT Louis Ellis, and the waiving injured of FB Joe Kowalewski -- is to understand that Dan Carpenter has won the kicking competition, I'm thinking slightly different thoughts.

I'm thinking the Dolphins are now officially thin at NT.

Yes, Carpenter is the kicker, having fought off Barth's two-week challenge.

But with Ellis gone, the Dolphins have only two nose tackles on the roster -- starter Jason Ferguson, who is 34 years old, and reserve Paul Soliai.

And unlike last year when reserve end Randy Starks could be called up to play nose tackle in a pinch as he was against Baltimore in the regular season, this year Starks is a starter at right end. So if you need him to move over, you're now playing with a backup at two positions, not just one.

It must be said that Soliai has had an excellent camp. He has also played well in the preseason. So from that perspective the position has been strengthened, assuming Soliai doesn't have a brain lock as he's been previously been known to do. Remember he was suspended for a game last year for being late to a team event.

But having only two NTs on the roster tells me the Dolphins will be looking in the coming days for a player to plug in for the practice squad at minimum. Keep in mind Ellis might be brought back for practice squad purposes. Also, Anthony Toribio, who was in camp last year, might be such a candidate if he's cut by Green Bay.

[BLOG NOTE: Tony Sparano will talk to the media soon so check back for the update.]