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Dolphins (finally) announce cuts

The Dolphins were the last NFL team to announce their roster cuts. They did so three hours after the NFL's 6 p.m. deadline for making those cuts.

Here they are:

WAIVED:

G Chris Barker 

C Sam Brenner

WR Chad Bumphis

WR Keenan Davis

DT A.J. Francis

RB Jonas Gray

S Keelan Johnson

S Jordan Kovacs

T Andrew McDonald

WR Marvin McNutt

TE Kyle Miller

DE Tristin Okpalaugo

CB Julian Posey

CB De’Andre Presley

DT Kheeston Randall

DT Tracey Robertson

LB Lee Robinson

LB Austin Spitler

WR Brian Tyms

 

Waived/Injured

T Jeff Adams

QB Aaron Corp

 

Terminated Contracts

LB Antwan Applewhite

 

Reaction:

The team kept three quarterbacks which means Joe Philbin favorite Pat Devlin is on board -- at least for now.

Devlin made a key 56-yard pass to Marvin McNutt late Saturday night to seal a preseason victory over New Orleans. But the Dolphins kept only four wide receivers today and McNutt was one of the casualties.

I do not expect the Dolphins to go with four wide receivers (Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews) into the season. They will add another, that is practically certain.

The team kept 11 defensive backs -- representing six cornerbacks and five safeties. That, my friends, is a lot of defensive backs. I expect one of those safeties to go when another wide receiver is added. But the fact cornerback Will Davis has been hobbled might be one reason for at least one extra player back there.

By the way, if the Dolphins find a tight end available, I wouldn't be surprised if another DB goes.

The Dolphins kept veteran linebacker Jason Trusnik, mostly for his special teams acumen. But Austin Spitler, a three-year veteran, did not survive despite his good special teams play. 

The team kept more productive (on defense, anyway) linebackers Josh Kaddu and Jonathan Freeny.

The Dolphins kept one fullback -- Evan Rodriguez.

And three tight ends -- Charles Clay, Dion Sims and Michael Egnew. 

It is clear the Dolphins felt they brought more defensive talent than offensive talent to training camp. At least, they found that out once the players got on the field and started playing.

They're going to try to even that out a little bit in the coming couple of days by picking up a couple or of offensive players that can be added as wide receivers or tight ends or offensive linemen.

Also, don't be surprised if the Dolphins add a defensive tackle in the coming days. GM Jeff Ireland loves defensive tackles.

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I believe that leaves Only 4 WRs left on the roster? Thats a suprise. But other than that its pretty much what i figured. Am i wrong? (Hartline gibson wallace mathews)

Oh, please, what a mess! GN

Did Ireland get cut? It didn't show up on the cut list.

Wow! Wondering if they'll try to stash Gray or Bumphis on the practice squad...

No depth at receiver if someone goes down. Thigpen will be the 5th receiver, like I said last month.

Chris Harper would be a good fit

Francis & Okpalaugo should be practice squad considerations too, in my opinion.

I'm more worried about OL than WR. Any acquisitions need to be made there ... but it all depends on who's actually out there.

Question: can a team claim Bumphis or McNutt only to stash him on their own practice squad?

I hope theiy bring Francis back to P.S

Gray's 2nd season(injured 1st) why would they want him on PS?

There better rb' on waiver wire than Gray.

So Evan Rodriguez is a TE now?

You cant claim a player on waivers to stash on PS. If you sign him becomes part of your 53. But, I think if you cut him and no one claims him. Then you can sign him to your PS if he still has eligibility.

I think we should look at Danny Watkins (Guard). He was released by the Eagles. A 1st rd pick two years ago.

LETS FIGHT THE SCHEDULE NOT THE TEAM

Francis & Okpalaugo should be practice squad considerations too, in my opinion.

Posted by: Tracyh474 | August 31, 2013 at 09:22 PM


We're pretty set for the future at DE with Jordan and Vernon alone. Yes, we could sign these two, but why spend money developing players who probably will never be a part of our future?

Right now, we're absolutely loaded at DE.

No McNutt, Randal, or Francis - WTF - I'm guessing the Fins thought the extra DB's were better chips than the DT's - didn't see that coming
I'm guessing there are at least two new Fins by Tues

Again just typical and yes another 6-10-7-9 the offense as usual is boring struggling to score points. On defense can they create&capitalize on turnovers ? If they do they should be a better team, if not then just your yawn of an overhyped dolphins team !!

PHILBIN SAID THEY WOULD KEEP THE TOP 53 NOT KEEP A CERTAIN NUMBER OF EACH POSITION

I think we should look at Danny Watkins (Guard). He was released by the Eagles. A 1st rd pick two years ago.
Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | August 31, 2013 at 09:30 PM

A bust's a bust. 11st rd or last rd. Eagle's pass protection was one of the worst in the league 2012 with Watkins. Eagles dumped Watkins and a LT from last year. Giving indication they felt these two positions were worst of their pass protection problems.

For this reason I would pass on Watkins. Plus right now we would have to sign him to our 53 and drop a better player at another position for a guy who's become a definite bust.

Looks like all of this years draft picks made it.

Breed,

Mando is slipping you posted a better article than this one complete with final depth chart on last Blog.

I expect them to add at least 2 maybe 3 other players this week and cut 2 or 3 that are on the roster now.

Agree on the two new players by Tues. Jones and Stanford probably shouldn't look for a house to buy. (Seems cruel to say that!)

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 31, 2013 at 09:38 PM

I'm not sure I agree he is a complete bust. He started 18 games in the past two years. I would replace Yeatman with him and try to pick up DJ Williams while parting ways with Charles Clay.

It's all good people,Thigpen is another WR that mite get sum action,as for McNutt and Bumphis that sux they got cut,but I guess they were to inconsistent,either way the Phinz will scour the waiver wire for sum more depth on the OLine,another WR,TE possibly, we're set on Defense,our Defense and Special Teams will b Top3 in the entire leauge,our Offense is much better than Tannehills Rookie season,but it's still missing sum more depth, so hopefully we can pickup sum solid players in the days to come! It's Phinz Time !

Spitler was expected as his contract is up next year & plenty of options behind him.

D. Joneswas not a surprise as Carroll is plain awful and his contract is up next year too.

This was Irelands plan in the draft. Getting cheap young bodies to replace expiring contracts. I am surprised they cut Randall & kept Vaughn Martin. Experience over youth at a position of strength? That's a head scratcher.

I FULLY anticipate a waiver wire WR & OL to be picked up & you will see a guy like Sanford, Carroll & or Yeatman gone.

Woodshed,

Yeatman's listed as a LT, Wakins a OG. We're in enough trouble at LT to thin the position further. Has to be a LT for a LT, not OG.

Fin4lfe,

Here it is again:

Former Dolphins draft picks Austin Spitler and Kheeston Randall were among the 22 players released Sunday as the team got down to the NFL-mandated roster limit of 53 players.

Spitler was a seventh-round selection in 2010 who appeared in 43 games in his three seasons with the Dolphins, while Randall was a seventh-round pick in 2012 who appeared in 12 games as a rookie.

Also released on Saturday were four wide receivers — Chad Bumphis, Brian Tyms, Keenan Davis and Marvin McNutt, who had four catches for 99 yards and a game-winning 56-yard touchdown in the 24-21 victory against the New Orleans Saints in the preseason finale Thursday night.

The player with the longest NFL resume to be released Saturday was defensive end Antwan Applewhite, a five-year veteran who has played for San Diego and Carolina.

The other player released included QB Aaron Corp (waived-injured), CB De’Andre Presley, RB Jonas Gray, CB Julian Posey, S Keelan Johnson, S Jordan Kovacs, LB Lee Robinson, T Jeff Adams (waived-injured), G Chris Barker, C Sam Brenner, DE Tristan Okpalaugo, T Andrew McDonald, DT A.J. Francis, and DT Tracy Robertson.

All the players released Saturday are eligible for the practice squad except for Spitler, Randall and Applewhite. The Dolphins can establish their practice squad Sunday.

All nine members of the Dolphins’ 2013 draft class remained on the roster after the moves Saturday.

The initial 53-man roster, following Saturday’s cuts, breaks down this way by position:

Quarterbacks (3): Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Pat Devlin
Running backs (4): Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, Marcus Thigpen
Fullbacks (1): Evan Rodriguez
Wide receivers (4): Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews Tight ends (3): Charles Clay, Dion Sims, Michael Egnew
Offensive linemen (9): Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, John Jerry, Tyson Clabo, Nate Garner, Josh Samuda, Dallas Thomas, Will Yeatman
Defensive linemen (8): Olivier Vernon, Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick, Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Derrick Shelby, Dion Jordan, Vaughn Martin
Linebackers (7): Koa Misi, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Jason Trusnik, Jelani Jenkins, Jonathan Freeny, Josh Kaddu
Defensive backs (11): Brent Grimes, Dimitri Patterson, Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones, Kelcie McCray, Jimmy Wilson, Nolan Carroll, Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Don Jones, R.J. Stanford
Specialists (3): Brandon Fields, Caleb Sturgis, John Denney

Many of you are quite shallow and naive.

Just because McNutt catches a bomb against 3rd string reserves in the most meaningless preseason game does not make him the second coming of Jerry Rice.

Learn to look at the whole picture.

Fin4life,

The name I absolutely did not expect to see make 53 was 7th rd pick, safety Don Jones. He was the only 2013 pick I didn't see making the 53. Thought he was ps for sue.

Out of all the players of all 32 teams that didn't make it, maybe, MAYBE, 2 are worthwhile. They have all been deemed scrubs after a full offseason.

I would think about signing Michael Robinson , Seahawks dumped him and this guy has been very versatile and very good blocker at FB for Lynch, cut Rodriguez unless there is an injury issue with Robinson.

Keeping Devlin suggests the team will try to get a high price for Moore, like maybe a #3 pick for the few desperate teams out there.

Woodshed,

Yeatman's listed as a LT, Wakins a OG. We're in enough trouble at LT to thin the position further. Has to be a LT for a LT, not OG.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 31, 2013 at 09:50 PM

I see your point. I think John Jerry could be a good backup LT. I think he has even practiced there this preseason.

17

Just because someone liked your post doesn't mean you need to repost it. Get off your high horse and curb your ego.

francis to PS please!

Circle: +1. I like Bumphis, but I didn't see him at the practices and the coaches did. If they don't think he or McNutt are up to par, I can't really argue.

Any good guards or LT backups released around the NFL today?

Bottom line is that there is a boatload of players out there right now and the fins have a draft board type of situation to handle all the players out there and grades are put on them. This definitely won't be the final 53 man roster they will switch up a few players they have already targeted, most likely on the offense. Therefore some of those DB's will be gone.

Maybe they only kept 4 WR's because they liked what they saw in Da'Rick Rogers.

The only thing you can count on is more moves definitely coming. How interesting(sigh....).

odin

Friday night and now Saturday night you are here. Where are your hotties? Workin the truck stop still?

Luv Fakin'...(something)...in Your Toucheee,
Remind me next off-season when the Dolphins are negotiating contracts why putting Francis (a Defensive Tackle by the way) and Okpalaugo on the practice squad this year would be a waste of time....

odin

Maybe you told the hotties to stay home so you could catch up on your blogging. I get it. Sorta. Kinda...Well...mebbe not.

Vaughn Martin played like a GD beast in the pre-season...you couldn't cut him....

Tracy I am starting to think you are as dumb as Kris if that is even possible.

There are a whole slew of guy guys they could eventually bring in as a 5th option at WR...not like those 5th WRs aren't a dime a dozen...right???

I like the Jones kid. I did not like any of the Wrs that we cut. I thought Bumphis had good presence on the field, but he was pitiful slow.
I saw where DaRick was already out on the street after the first cut. I remember people saying he should be a third rounder. He never impressed me, but he is big. But I think it was the Bills that cut him; he must really be screwed up.

Probably the only way we are going to pick up a starting RG or TE would be included in a trade concerning Starks. The hope of getting a contributing OL, TE or WR through the waiver wire is a crap shoot. Starks is our only hope.

If we can't trade or pickup a WR. Bumphis or McNutt may find their way onto the PS and be available in case of injury.

geez, relax.....we'll pick up a few bottom of the roster players to replace the bottom of the roster players we cut--a few might contribute but not alot of surprises-yes, theyll bring in a 4th WR.....been saying for weeks that Gillislee will win over Gray (who would take the guy coming off an ACL?--huh?)--J Jenkins definitely surviving over Spitler and others.....dude can cover, good athlete, big time player at FL......has more upside than a known mediocre guy like Spitler or Trusnik, etc--not sure about Devline, but nothing else really rocks the boat (sign D Rogers.....agree Odin)

Yeatman is progressing along nicely at LT...he was a TE before last season...and he played well in the pre-season...OL depth is a concern though...

I think the OL will come along nicely if there are no injury issues...always a big if with injuries...I imagine Sims will be the starting TE in a month...and we will like him...

Randall and McNutt do surprise me though.......

Hell they could roll Egnew into the 4th WR spot in a pinch...maybe get some productivity out of him...

.been saying for weeks that Gillislee will win over Gray (who would take the guy coming off an ACL?--huh?)

Posted by: benz | August 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Have you ever heard of Adrian Peterson? God are you freakin clueless. Go to bed and don't come back.

Yeatman is a complete waste of time. He has had how many years to make even a tiny contribution and he hasn't done jackshit.

...1 year...year 2...looking good...

I would rate 97% of the bloggers here of no more value than stained toilet paper.

shutup bmw....Peterson was one of the top picks in the draft and a known stud coming out of college.....Gray was undrafted and just got cut---not everybody recovers the same from ACL injuries but wouldnt you think that Peterson was starting from just a tad higher talent level to begin with?--do I need to repeat that?

keep clicking on the link...it's good for you...

bmw--so you're comparing Peterson with Gray?

Fin4life,

The name I absolutely did not expect to see make 53 was 7th rd pick, safety Don Jones. He was the only 2013 pick I didn't see making the 53. Thought he was ps for sue.

Posted by: LOVE FAKING 17-0-IN-YUR-ASS! | | August 31, 2013 at 09:56 PM

I would remind you of ST's but he had so many BAD plays in the Tampa tune-up on ST's I thought he was in danger of not even making the PS to be honest! McCray was so dominant Vs. the back-up talent that I'm curious to see him get in on some sub-packages maybe ahead of J.Wilson at some point? I'm not a HUGE fan of Wilson outside of ST's play. The 4 WR depth in a way isn't so surprising. I was looking and looking like everybody else and really none of the guys behind the top-4 made you do any double takes.

I was very surprised both Rodriguez and Clay were kept? The only decent thing Clay does is block his route running and effort in pass game are for ch-it! Those 2 are basically the same player and figure if a T.E. can be found one will get the AX! You knew Kaddu was pushing for a spot just surprised it was Spitler rather than Trusnik who I haven't seen do anything I can hang my hat on!

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