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Holliday traveling to Denver; 2 CBs sent packing

Former Dolphins defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday, unsigned since the Dolphins cut him this offseason, may not be unemployed very much longer.

Holliday is tonight traveling to Denver to visit the Broncos about signing and becoming part of that team's 53-man roster, according to an AFC West personnel source.

Holliday has visited the Broncos once already, that during the offseason. It is believed if the Broncos deem Holliday in good shape and health, they may offer him a contract. That team cut two defensive linemen -- Matthias Askew and Carlton Powell -- earlier Friday.

The Broncos, under first year head coach Josh McDaniels have already added former Dolphins cornerback Andre' Goodman and former Dolphins safety Renaldo Hill to their defense.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, might miss Holliday this season.

The Dolphins cut Holliday understanding it would be a loss of valuable locker room leadership. But the club expected not to lose much on the field, believing second-year end Phillip Merling ready to ascend to the starting job.

But Merling, who played behind Holliday in 2008, was unable to make the climb to the starting right defensive end job this preseason despite being handed the job at the opening of training camp. Randy Starks eventually won the job while Merling continues to play a reserve role.

Last season, Holliday played ahead of both Starks and Merling.

The Dolphins also are moving on this evening as they trim their roster to 53 players. They have released cornerbacks Joey Thomas and Will Billingsley.

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This is a non-story; Holiday contributed to Joey Porter's weakness against the run last year. Vonnie, while a good guy, wasn't getting it done as a 3-4 player against the run, and it was frustrating to watch him start ahead of Merling, who was clearly more capable of stuffing the run. So now we still have a back-up better than last year's starter was against the run (the main thing for a 3-4 end), and a starter who is playing better than the back-up, and that's a problem?

Vonnie Holliday was better than both Starks and Merling last year and is better than either of them right now.

Merling has totally disappeared in the preseason while Starks is a fill-in 2-gap player who is often out of place in Miami's 3-4 defense.

Holliday is also a better pass rusher than either one. Seemed to me in their rush to get younger, the Dolphins got weaker at this spot.

WR Armstrong was also cut by the phins

ok, stop jamming mando for reporting his opinion.

i had thomas & billingsly on my cut list.

now it gets tough.

kept culver & clemmons. good

armstrong was cut 29 aug. pramis

willi,

loved vonie, but we have to get & be younger & stronger

vonnie, sorry

look for baker, ryan, robinson, james & nalbone, my guess

and mark lewis, LG

guess 3fecta working overtime

save walden, folsom, kershaw, wake, nalbo & turner

Harricane - Turner and Wake will not be cut.

WHO's holliday ? another no body we have to follow his life story .
i rather let harricane tell us a story .

still cant figure out why we let this guy go

every one is expert in football . BP turned a dead team to 11-5 and still tBUCHTER FORet still question the master .they are human but they are a head of every one w/ their mistakes the that they made .WHO'S HOOLIDAY ? he's no body .

i hope LB Kershaw makes the team!!! he's very aggressive...

Final 53 Analysis:

Actually, I can only get to 54 w/ reasonable confidence then...who knows... except the Trifecta and their position coaches.

1. Mark Lewis - will be cut
2. Robinson - will be cut
3. Nate Garner will be cut (keeping Frye and/or Gardner on 53]
4. Nalbone - most likely cut then to PS (Haynos is a better blocker and Nalbone dropped a pass in N.O.
5. Folsom - cut then to PS
6. Bryan - Bubble. I thought they might keep Bryan a 5th safety but AZ cut Francisco who might be better on STs.
7. Harshaw - cut to PS if eligible. Note: He's about as good a CC - but they paid CC.
8. Ryan Baker - will be cut
9. Rod Wright - will be cut
10. Billingsley - will be cut
11. Joey Thomas - cut 9/4
12. Walden - Bubble
13. Frye - Bubble
14. Gardner - Bubble

So...the only realistic 'bubble' players as I see it are Hilliard, Walden, Bryan (or waiver wire replacement), Frye/Gardner and possibly, possibly Moses. That is, even if Roth is PUPed - they will probably decide between keeping both Frye and Gardner vs. Hilliard vs. Walden vs. a 5th safety/new waiver wire surprise.

Arguably, the biggest waste of roster spot seems to be Patrick Turner (he doesn't start on STs like Hartline) but he's obviously safe and hopefully contributes.

Ssssshhhh Listen....
This is the quiet before the storm

Should the DOLPHINS pick up MARK JONES OFF WAIVERS????

Titans just release guy who suppose return especialist name Mark Jones. Here is link so you can read and learn to be smart, inform football fan.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090904/SPORTS01/90904028/Titans+release+returner+Jones++CB+Faggins

Well done, Chris

Chirs, you forget Martha Roth, who will be put on pup list tomorrow, that make your list to 53.

Haynos hasn't done a thing and can't play special teams. He's a goner. Who's harshaw ? if you mean kershaw , he's not eligible for the PS.

Carlito:

I account for Roth (assume PUPed)...read again.

NJ:

Kershaw, sorry. I like him. He does appear ineligible. Too bad.

Nalbone had one go right through his hands in N.O. and 'hasn't done a thing' in preseason except drop balls and get pushed around on blocks. But ok, Haynos has done little but is a slightly better/more consistent blocker and taller. Haynos did play STs in 2nd and 3rd PS games. They may try to slip Nalbone through to PS is all I'm saying. OKelly argues quite convincingly otherwise on other blog. Ultimately, I THINK Haynos has more upside but he's not a pick and he's not from Jersey.

Chris , nalbone had a catch in the tampa game and contributed 2 special team tackles. Haynos did NOT play ST. Nalbone is a better all around player than haynos. He has better potential . also your right on about him not being a draft pick and not from joisey.

keep Moses, Hilliard, Walden

Turner develop on practice squad

The only reason haynos was brought here was because of his potential as a red zone threat , which miami doesn't need with some of the other players they have.

Haynos vs Turner for end zone threat, niether impress

Okay already, I'll give you NalbonI...b/c of STs although he'll probably be inactive IF he's on the 53. But, I don't know...Haynos is a lot like that kid from Oregon - Boss that plays in Jersey. Ex-basketball.

Re-watching the 1st series with CP looking for one guy on 2 consecutive plays:

First one, he's looking for Hartline has tons of time, looks, pulls it back and throws OOB with both check-downs open. Second, he's looking for the starting Joisey Italian TE (Fasano) and eventually runs for no gain (w/ Ginn WIDE open in the flat).

I know he plays it safe -- but it seems like they were clearly targeting certain receivers/patterns over getting max yardage. No biggie just an observation. Danny would heave it OOB in preseason every year and usually hit somebody not paying attention.

Cardinals release Aaron Francisco, special teams ace and starting safety last year. Any chance we look at him?

Courtney Bryan is gone, hopefully we can geta late pick for him.

I'd look at both Fransisco and Mark Jones as the ST has sucked...

Baker is gone. Haynos is gone. Folsom to PS. Hilliard traded/cut. Mark Lewis cut. Garner to PS. Dotson to PS. Robinson cut.

A lot of tough decisions at OLB.

I prefer Moses to Walden, but Walden has the advantage on ST (Moses on knack for batting the ball down). One of them are gone.

So I count 10 easy cuts. We may need one or two more if we bring in the safety or Lewis.

If we need a WR cut, it's London.

If it's a safety, it's Culver (although he's pretty damn good too- Clemons is a future starter).

couldbe,

i'd keep london and cut james robinson

STAND UP PEOPLES
DONT BACK DOWN JUST LIKE DOLPHINS< BE PROUD
FIGHT ON YOUR OWN
not like what Bush did got us into that mess with cowards. BE STRONG
IM TALKING TO YOU

HI HATERS

DOLPHINS go 12 and 3 this year!

They're only going to play 15 games?

cut the fat,
Nalbone
Lewis

Released:
Kershaw and Frye
As posted on the Post

WE SHOULD KEEP ROBINSON. WE SHOULD GRAB A GOOD VETERAN RECEIVER AND CORNERBACK OFF WAIVERS. REMEMBER, THIS IS THE HISTORY MAKING SEASON. WE WILL HOST THE SUPERBOWL THIS YEAR, SO WE HAVE TO PULL OUT ALL OF THE STOPS AND PICK UP ANYONE WHO WILL HELP US MAKE HISTORY THIS YEAR!

I believe the dolphins will pick up some secondary help.

how the hell can you get a late pick for someone who has been cut???

This could still be a great rebuilding year. Cut more of the slackers and those who proved that their talent is lost.

Thanks for this useful post for me.

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