The Dolphins have cut running back Daniel Thomas and kick returner Marcus Thigpen.
As those cuts have been made, I am told all is quiet on the Damien Williams front. The free agent running back has not heard from the team, and that in addition to Thomas being cut suggests Williams is on the team -- at least for now.
Remember, teams give the impression that some players have made the roster by Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline. And then add two or three other players and make cuts to make room for those new players. So there is nothing permanent until Tuesday.
Anyway, the cutting of Thomas closes the book on the former 2011 second round pick. Thomas finishes his Dolphins career with 1,312 on 365 carres (3.6 yard average). Last year was his best with the Dolphins, as he gained 3.7 yards per carry. He never rushed for more than 581 yards, that coming his rookie season.
Thomas joins other Dolphins second round busts Phillip Merling, John Beck, Matt Roth, Chad Henne, Pat White and Jonathan Martin. And you wonder why this team has to rely on free agency? Those second round picks should have netted the nucleus of this team.
Thigpen, Miami's punt and kickoff return specialist the past two seasons, was hurt part of training camp. He got one final opportunity to make the team Thursday but offered inconsistent results.
He had a nice 39-yard punt return. But that was preceded by a fumbled punt after which he kicked the fumble. Nerves, obviously. The Dolphins recovered but Thigpen's fate seemed sealed.
I asked him afterward if he thought he'd done enough to make the team.
"That's tough to say, what's enough? I've tried to make plays but at the end of the day it's their decision. I did make mistakes but at the end of the day I left all I had out there," Thigpen said.
Thigpen is great people. He's a solid punt returner. I would not doubt he catches on elsewhere.
The Dolphins will now use Jarvis Landry as their punt returner. Damien Williams is a candidate to return kickoffs along with Landry.
The Dolphins have also cut defensive back Kevin Fogg. No surprise there.
[Update: Wide receiver Matt Hazel has been cut, according to a source. Hazel is the first of GM Dennis Hickey's draft picks to be cut. He made a push to make the team on Thursday night with a nice game. But the numbers are working against him. He is a practice squad possibility.]
[Update: Source tells me rookie free agent DT Anthony Johnson is expected to make the team. Remember, however, what you read previously about Tuesday. Fellow rookie defensive lineman Tevin Mims has been cut.]
[Update: Source tells me backup offensive tackle Jason Fox is expected to make the team. Remember, however, what you read previously about Tuesday.]
[Update: Source tells me fourth-round pick Walt Aikens is expected to make the team. Remember, however, what you read previously about Tuesday.]
[Update: The Dolphins have told TE Gator Hoskins' agent the player has made the team, as seemed likely yesterday when Kyle Miller was cut.]
[Update: Central Arkansas tight end Chase Dixon, cut recently by the Seattle Seahawks, is scheduled to come to South Florida for a workout. He tweeted about the trip. Dix is 6-5 and 242 pounds and caught four TD passes despite playing in run-heavy offense last year.]
[Update: The Dolphins are clearly looking to help the TE position. They have worked out tight end Jacob Maxwell today, according Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Neither the third TE nor sixth WR are safe on this roster.]
[Update: DL Isaako Aaitui has been cut, according to his agent.]
[Update: Offensive linemen Dave Arkin, Evan Finkenberg and Tony Hills have been cut.]
[Update: Backup center Sam Brenner has been cut, according to The Herald's Barry Jackson. Assuming that is true, the Dolphins will have cut their second-team center (Brenner) and third-team center (Arkin) today. That strongly suggests center Mike Pouncey will come off PUP and the team hopes to have him ready by the fourth game of the season. In the meantime, Nate Garner can serve as the backup center.]
[Update: The Dolphins have cut kicker Jake Rogers. Caleb Sturgis is apparently Miami's kicker to start the season.]
[Update: The Dolphins are going with six wide receivers for now: Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews and Damian Williams. For now. Remember the Tuesday rule I've repeated four previous times in this blog.]
Check back often for updates on the cuts ...