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Ireland wanted it, he gets Salguero's 53-man roster

On Tuesday when I approached Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland about the Dez Bryant matter, we had a good exchange and he ended it with this question:

"Do you have your 53 yet?"

My 53?

Even I don't care about my 53. I care about Jeff Ireland's 53, and I would bet that's what you (my readers) care about, too.

But since Jeff didn't offer to share with me his 53 until the Dolphins actually cut down to that number by Saturday, it got me to thinking. Why not give you guys my 53 after all?

So, just for kicks, here it is:


Quarterbacks (3)

Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Tyler Thigpen.

My thinking: It is hard to cut a second-round pick, in this case Pat White. But he simply has not proven he's an NFL caliber player and it is better to cut losses now than continue to nurture a player who remains undersized and seemingly overmatched. No matter how much he learns the offense or defenses or settles down, he will still be a 5-11 or 6-foot QB in a 6-3 QB world. He will still have an inaccurate arm. He will never be 225 pounds and be able to absorb the hits in or out of the pocket.

Running Backs (5)

Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs, Lousaka Polite, Lex Hilliard.

My thinking: I keep Hilliard because he is a core special teams player and because Brown (injury history) and Williams (age and unpredictability) cannot be counted as certainties to play all 16 games. Cobbs sticks because he adds quickness to the offense when he's in there and he is a fine special teams player.

Wide Receivers (5)

Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Patrick Turner, Marlon Moore.

My thinking: Neither Turner nor Moore should buy houses locally. Not yet. If they do make the team, they will then have to survive the next round of concern, which is have they beaten out the sixth receivers around all the other teams that are now available? I would not feel secure about anything if I were them. And remember, there will be vets on the market in the second week that were cut simply because having them on the roster the first week would have guaranteed their entire season's salaries. Those vets will be signed by teams starting Sept. 13 and 14. Finally, Roberto Wallace is a tough guy to cut. He has that prototype body. He has tons of upside. If he doesn't indeed make it, he screams practice squad to me.

Tight ends (2)

Anthony Fasano, David Martin.

My thinking: Fasano and Martin, who is finally in good shape, have nailed down their spots. I cut John Nalbone, although he probably makes it for the actual Dolphins roster. The team likes him despite his inconsistent training camp and preseason. I went this direction because I fear injuries on the offensive line so I'm keeping an extra OLineman. I also believe the Dolphins can scour the waiver wire for tight ends better than John Nalbone.

Offensive linemen (9)

Jake Long, John Jerry, Vernon Carey, Richie Incognito, Jake Grove, Joe Berger, Donald Thomas, Lydon Murtha, Andrew Gardner.

My thinking: Make no mistake the Nate Garner injury is a definite painful setback. It means the loss of a versatile player that can start with little drop-off from anyone else. The final spots here come down to Donald Thomas vs. Cory Procter and I went with the younger guy, although Procter has at times been better than Thomas this preseason.  I also went with Gardner ahead of Lydon Murtha as the backup tackle. Despite Gardner not having a great training camp, there is still something there about that kid I like. Doesn't mean the Dolphins feel the same way. Also, regardless of whether Murtha or Gardner make the team, the Dolphins will be looking to upgrade off the waiver wire so they should buy a house locally just yet.


Defensive Linemen (7)

Kendall Langford, Randy Starks, Jared Odrick, Charles Grant, Paul Soliai, Tony McDaniel, Marques Douglas.

My thinking: Grant and Douglas are renters, no question about that. They probably won't be on the team next year. But they have played well enough to make it for now. I could not put Montavious Stanley on there as well because we don't want three renters on the defensive line. Do not be surprised if the Dolphins put one or two young, hungry, up-and-coming defensive linemen on their practice squad with the hopes of developing them for later this season and next season. And, yes, I know I cut Lionel Dotson. What can I say? Three training camps and he's still a third-teamer? Got to move on.

Linebackers (9)

Cameron Wake, Karlos Dansby, Koa Misi, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Channing Crowder, Tim Dobbins, Micah Johnson, Charlie Anderson, Erik Walden.

My thinking: Right off the top, Austin Spitler missed two weeks of camp with a stomach virus and had a tough time catching up. He does deserve a practice squad spot. Chris McCoy also deserves a practice squad shot. But has either won a roster spot? Not that I've noticed. Tim Dobbins makes it because he's experienced, a good special teams guy and a good man to have in the locker room. Erik Walden, to me, has value on special teams so he makes my team. Micah Johnson is border line, I will grant you. Not fast, much to learn, not polished. But I love that he hits people. He needs to get more downhill, as coach Tony Sparano said, so his tackles come in the hole or the line of scrimmage. But he has potential, in my opinion. This kid will play in the NFL. I say the Dolphins should keep Folsom because, in part, he's OK on special teams but more importantly, because of the uncertain nature of Channing Crowder's injury status -- which increasingly is becoming a yearly issue with him. [UPDATE: My apologizies to Charlie Anderson. Overlooked him earlier. He's on there now. J.D. you're out. But in the real world it will likely come down to Folsom vs. Johnson.]

Defensive Backs (10)

Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Benny Sapp, Nolan Carrolll, Will Allen, Jason Allen, Tyrone Culver, Chris Clemons, Yeremiah Bell, Reshad Jones.

My thinking: Yes, that's a lot of defensive backs but the injury to Will Allen forced this in my view of things. Another mitigating factor for keeping so many is that Carroll should win the kick return job, while Culver and Jason Allen are core special teams players -- meaning they play on all the special teams. Benny Sapp is the early-season insurance as the nickel corner so he makes it. Reshad Jones is going to be a good player and that hope is reason enough not to cut him and expose him to another team plucking him or signing him to their practice squad.

Specialists (3)

P Brandon Field, K Dan Carpenter, LS John Denney.

My thinking: Each of these guys signed contract extensions in the offseason and none have any real competition in camp. Even I can figure this one out.

[BLOG NOTE: The Dolphins and Cowboys finish up their preseason tonight with an 8 p.m. (EST) game. So, yes, there will be a live blog right here then. Join me for it during the game. Right here.]


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dc Dolfin , have you paid your virginia university loan yet ?

Word from NostraHomeUs Is ...

Pat White Impresses Tonight

***** The Dynasty Be Fins! *****

i think you could use http://atdhe.net

Also NostraHomeUs says watch:

Turner & Moore
Moore & Turner
Turner & Moore
Moore & Turner
Turner & Moore

a sure site to watch the game in clear nice picture as long as you have ;firefox ,google chrome or safari

www.p2p4u,net....1- you press on a.m football

2-you press on the game you want to watch it will give you a link 1 under what just pressed ...you press on link 1

happy watching .

Thigpen Next to be Traded

What kind of name is Dick Butt Kiss?


Dear Mr. Salguero

Earlier I went to the plasma center to donate blood for the better of mankind.

When I got home I was still feeling a little woozy so I lied for a quick nap......this is what I saw

Chad Pennington voted comeback player of the year.

Soiled(Edward Casey)Bottom :)

Dear Mr. Salguero

Earlier I went to the plasma center to donate blood for the better of mankind.

When I got home I was still feeling a little woozy so I lied for a quick nap......this is what I saw

Chad Pennington voted comeback player of the year.

Soiled(Edward Casey)Bottom :)

I better cut back on my meds I'm seeing double

OK Boys, Got Dinner cooking and Hot Ashley at home(We be in Miami) To watch the mighty Air breathers take on Jerry( Lizard king)Jones Cowboys, Why does it always rain when the cuban visits home???????????


QBs, agree 100% bye bye White. Receivers, disagree even though you are probaly right, Roberto Wallace deserves to stay but hopefully goes to practice squad minimum. He is better then Turner in every aspect of the game. TE is a position we need to fix right in next years draft. Nalbone stays. Micah Johnson knows how to play this game, he stays. Charles Grant played well against Atlanta, he stays too

seattle looking to trade houshmandzadeh

T.J. Houshmandzadeh for Patio White anyone????
if he's cheap enough....why not???

Cuban Menace,

You know bringing Hot Ash here's cool and everything, but you do realize it's kind of like letting a woman in the locker room.

I'm not a sexist or anything, it's just........well.........I have been told that I have "issues" with common decency and self control problems as well...............

PS: Don't take this the wrong way because I mean it with the utmost sincerity, you got any nice pics of Hot Ash you want to trade for an E-Mail Address?


when was the first time you had a good filling love ?

T.J. Houshmandzadeh?

No way. It would be too much trouble trying to type his name everytime I wanted too complain about him dropping all those hard to catch Chad Henne passes!

All paid up ALoco, got the degree and 'erething.

Fellas, out, I'll try to see the game since it won't be showing in my area until tomorrow nite. Go Dolphins.

And remember, if it's Sunday, it's Meet the Dolphins Press (Cameron Wake, Koa Misi, Randy Starks).


when was the first time you had a good filling love ?

Posted by: ALoco | September 02, 2010 at 06:00 PM


Seriously Houshmandzadeh seems like a poor mans Brandon Marshall. He's 33, not a burner, posession type and I don't think he would fit in with our WR corps.

If we add any receiver it needs to be a burner.

ODIN, what does BURNER means ? thanks

yea, probably, nfl source just threw it out there and considering theres nothing goin on till gametime here, i do the same. Besides we just gave up a much more proven posession reciever in cammy so its highly unlike miami to even peek that route.

making love like eating superphin ,while you r making love your brain working at very good speed .how to start and when to slow down and when you at the best moments .it's hard work for about 40 minutes then you eat .

Comparing Pat White to Drew Brees is quite possibly the most retarded thing I have ever heard.
#11 Forever

Id take Housh on a second.

Thank u for that tidbit of info aloco, now whenever the girl and i get at it, its nice to know that my brain power is up to speed with my *OTHER* instruments at hand.***

chad penne could go to the BROWNS easy .his ex coach is there .


when was the first time you had a good filling love ?

Posted by: ALoco | September 02, 2010 at 06:00 PM

Aloco, Hand in your "Man Card" ASAP............


A burner is something you get from playing "Back in the Saddle" with your favorite Hottie.

Odin, Hot Ashley has a lot of photo's on Face book......

Wasn't that the coach that ran him out of new york Aloco???? and brought 65 yr old favre to replace him????.....i think not sir!!!

BTW, Odin Ashley's a old enough to abuse, She knows how you guys are...lol..She's been to Fins games and I'am embarrassed by the the things she utters out of that mouth, Just add alcohol(Jack Daniels) and watch out.....


By all means, throw anything you want out there. Anything to make the time go.

I keep thinking about the clock in the locker room and I keep hearing that Van Halen line at the beginning of Hot for Teacher:

Oh Man! I think the clock is SLOW!

Come on kickoff!

superphin, that's righ .....i am guilty .

Q....when people use the word (( BRNER )) for wr , what does it means ?

Or Jagermeister.HOT ASHLEY

some how i signed Q NOT ALoco

I Stand corrected, I forgot her fondness for Jager.........


Wut you mean wut burner mean of WR?

Don Julio 1942 Tequila Cuban, a great shooter to impress the ladies with, especially when their enamored with Double vision.

Hot Ash,

Do you like Tanqueray?

If you do, would you drink some with me?

PS: If your answer is yes, bring some painkillers and keep your keys hidden at ALL TIMES!!!!

Read your post @ 6.10 .what you mean by the word burner or i just read it again,is that bumer ?

Super, She's to mean on Tequila, Imagine a 5ft 1 in 100 lb petite lil Polynesian girl jacked up on Tequila, It's not pretty..... but it's awfully funny..........

Odin, I'am not fond of the Juniper bean, so sorry.No shots tonite :(.......

anyone have a link to the stream ?!?!?!?


A burner at WR means someone who is really fast. Anything under 4.4 in the 40 yard dash I consider a burner.

Sorry, I thought you were yanking my chain.

Where can I get this game online?

PJ , go back to my post to see the game.i wrote every thing in there @ 5.27 pm


www.p2p4u.net is the one i know you can watch it on in stream, dont know how good it is in terms of quality but you can watch it or you can hang out and wait for a better link from someone else

She's to mean on Tequila, Imagine a 5ft 1 in 100 lb petite lil Polynesian girl jacked up on Tequila, It's not pretty...............

Posted by: Cuban Menace | September 02, 2010 at 06:48 PM

It is if you're into that kind of thing.........

Valhalla Baby!

Will Mediphin have the stream on justin.tv ?

Armando, your face is going to be really red if Michael Lombardi turns out to be right and the Dolphins find a way to keep Pat White on the roster. There is a lot of mystery surrounding White, including your ridiculous assertion about White's absence on Day 1 of camp that we know "all we need to know" about that incident. The So-Fla beat writers are so scared of Parcells that it looks like he has all your nuts in a mayonaise jar on his fireplace mantle. It stinks that we get the best "inside" info on the Dolphins from Schefter, Lombardi or Mortensen.

PJ, only one way to find out and thats by checking at game time

that link doesnt work EVER. justin.tv are the best. Mediphin or whatever it is is good channel. Someone please post the link. It would be greatly appreciated

The Final Two Big Battles of The Pre-Season

does anyone have a link for the game?

I can't believe DC Dolfan was on this blog for 4 hours and no one nominated him for a Plungie Award!

Cuban Menace,

I don't get it? What's a juniper bean?

I was talking about Tanqueray Gin.

I'm a Bourban and Rum kind of guy. I only drink Gin on "special" occassions, like when I want to wake up from a blackout in jail with a bad hangover.

PS: Seriously what's a juniper bean?


Hope you are right Loco.......

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