The Dolphins cut nine players this morning and placed another on the physically unable to perform list trim the roster to 78. The club needs three more roster moves by 4 p.m. on Monday to get to the 75-man limit.
The moves today:
Cut: TE Les Brown (as ushge), DT Chas Alecxih, CB Marcus Brown, safety Tyrell Johnson (a free agency bust), CB Trent Hughes, LB Josh Linam, RB Jerome Messam, DE Jacquies Smith, and CB Jonathan Wade (who got burned for two TDs Friday night).
The club also placed running back Jonas Gray on the PUP.
During his press conference today, coach Joe Philbin made the point his team needs work. They will practice today, Sunday and Monday before playing Dallas on Wednesday in the preseason-finale. Usually starters don't get very much action in that game.
But the Dolphins need work so Philbin left the door open for playing starters a bit longer than usual.
"I wouldn't rule anything out," he said.
By the way, just as Wade had a terrible game, Richard Marshall was not necessarily good last night. He had a chance to slam the door closed on the starting job at cornerback and he played poorly. He simply watched as Julio Jones caught a 49-yard pass that was more like a punt and his tackling was suspect.
Vontae Davis had a pass interference that nullified his own interception.
So no one is exactly stepping forward. It's wide open between Davis and Marshall.
"We're not ready to name a starter," Philbin said, "but Vontae is certainly in the mix."