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August 26, 2014

Dolphins make moves to reach 75-man limit

The Dolphins are down to the NFL mandated 75 man roster limit after making 11 moves today.

Here are the moves:


DT A.J. Francis

RB Mike Gillislee

TE Arthur Lynch



WR Armon Binns

TE Brett Brackett

CB Steven Clarke

DE Rakim Cox

DT Cory Grissom

C Tyler Larsen

WR Ryan Spadola



QB Brady Quinn

Francis has some sort of knee issue and hasn't practiced in a week. Lynch did not play the entire preseason and practiced only a limited basis. He was dealing with a back issue. Gillislee had an open door to win the No. 3 RB job but injured a two weeks ago and hasn't been able to practice or play since.

They are out for the year.

I really like Brakett. I thought he was a hard worker with a great attitude. He was a quarterback-friendly tight end who needs to work on his blocking. I hope the Dolphins invest a practice squad roster spot on him.

The tight end position is interesting now for the Dolphins. With Michael Egnew, Lynch and Brackett effectively gone, that leaves Charles Clay, Dion Sims, Kyle Miller, Evan Wilson and Harold Hoskins. I would not be surprised if the Dolphins are looking for tight end help.

Brady Quinn cut, announces it on twitter, Binns too

Brady Quinn has been released by the Dolphins.

The former first round pick of the Cleveland Browns announced his departure on twitter.

"It was short lived but I enjoyed every second," Quinn wrote. "Thank you @MiamiDolphins for the opportunity to play the game I love again. Best of luck to..all the players and coaches this season!"

[Update: The Dolphins are also cutting WR Armon Binns, according to a source. Unsurprising.]

As I reported earlier, Quinn was not going to start Thursday's game versus St. Louis as some have speculated.

By the way, Quinn came to the Dolphins after winning a workout competition against John Skelton and Rex Grossman two weeks ago. And then he was bad in practice.

He threw an interception to Reshad Jones in practice today. That was his sixth interception in practice the past five sessions.

The Dolphins are in the process of making more cuts today. They have to make 10 more roster moves by 4 p.m.

The release of Quinn all but assures something I reported last week, which is the team has been leaning a long time toward keeping only two quarterbacks and having one on the practice squad.

Folks getting tense, season must be drawing close

The Dolphins opened practice to the media for the last time today and afterward it felt like the regular-season is looming because things are suddenly getting a little tight around here.

Talk to Mike Pouncey after practice to ask about his trip to the doctor on Monday? Nope. A communications department person escorted him off the field.

FYI, Pouncey visited a hip specialist Monday and the report was good. He is making progress. He is not yet cleared to practice. He will definitely miss the opener against the New England Patriots. There is still a possibility he is placed on the physically unable to perform list to start the regular season -- meaning he would miss six games. The Dolphins can also put him on the active roster (even though he would not be playing) in hopes he misses fewer than six games.

I asked Joe Philbin for confirmation quarterback Ryan Tannehill is not playing in the final preseason game Thursday.

"We haven't finalized anything," Joe Philbin said.

Look, if Ryan Tannehill is playing even a series Thursday there should be an investigation. Why would anyone risk Tannehill getting a helmet to the knee in a meaningless fourth preseason game? And why wouldn't Philbin say so?

Anyway, I am told Matt Moore is the likely starter followed by Brady Quinn and then Seth Lobato.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who has been a disappointment this preseason because he's been hurt much of the time after being a disappointment as a fifth-round pick last year, returned to practice today and kicked a couple of times. Afterward, he spoke for approximately 24 seconds, giving condescending one-word and one-sentence answers.

Reporter: How did it feel today?

Sturgis: "Good."

Reporter: Where do you feel you're at right now?

Sturgis: "We'll see."

Reporter: Did you feel comfortable out there?

Sturgis: "Anytime I kick the ball I feel comfortable."

Reporter: If you were in a game situation could you kick?

Sturgis: "I'm just not going to asnwer that right now."

I'm glad the Dolphins have a cool, calm, collected kicker.The injury thing isn't in his head at all. Lots of confidence in his mindset.

RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring) who has not played all preseason is on track to play Thursday. He practiced today.

RB Mike Gilislee (hamstring) did not practice today. He is not on track to play Thursday.

TE Brett Brackett (knee) who missed practice Monday returned to practice today. 

The Dolphins have 86 players on the roster. They will make nine cuts by 4 p.m. this afternoon. Check back for the roster details.

Interestingly, today comes at the end of a training camp and preseason when the Dolphins have been the most open they've been in years. They've reported injuries, which is not an NFL mandate in the preseason. They've kept practices open the past two weeks following the end of training camp.

Finally, despite the increasingly tense answers from players and coaches, a big thank you goes out to the Dolphins communications department for serving nice lunches to the media the past two weeks. 

Jake Long to Rams revisited

Last year, amid a season in which the Dolphins yielded 58 sacks, some fans (many on this blog, so I'm talking to you) continually ripped former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland for letting Jake Long go in free agency.

And many of you ripped me for advocating beforehand that Ireland should let Long go in free agency if the price to keep him was too high.

Well, with he Rams coming to town Thursday, and Long being part of that club, I think it is time to assess what that move has meant for the Dolphins and the Rams.

For the Rams the signing of Long to a four-year, $34 million deal has been a mixed blessing. Yes, he's been a starter for them -- which is what one should expect of an $8.5 million per year player.

But last year he finished the season on injured reserve. Which is where he finished the season for the Dolphins in 2012. And 2011.

He's back this year and started at left tackle last week against Cleveland.

And this happened:

Long, attempting to block defensive end Armonty Bryant, whiffed on the block. And Bryant hit quarterback Sam Bradford. In the knee. The same knee that had ACL repair last year.

And now that same knee needs ACL repair again.

And Bradford is out for the season.


Because, well, Jake Long.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, were actually better in 2013 without Long than they were in 2012 with Long -- 7-9 in '12 and 8-8 without Long.

And, yes, there were those 58 sacks. And yes, the idea of Jonathan Martin playing left tackle was a bust.

But the idea of paying Long $8.5 million? Not good. Even the Rams have already drafted Greg Robinson out of Auburn and he is the future at left tackle for that team.

And Miami has come out of that tough time. Branden Albert is the team's new left tackle and has not yielded a sack this preseason.

Let's just say Ryan Tannehill's knees are intact.