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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:

PLACED ON RESERVE/INJURED:

DT A.J. Francis

RB Mike Gillislee

TE Arthur Lynch

 

WAIVED:

WR Armon Binns

TE Brett Brackett

CB Steven Clarke

DE Rakim Cox

DT Cory Grissom

C Tyler Larsen

WR Ryan Spadola

 

TERMINATED CONTRACT:

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.

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So much for Bracket. Francis on IR? That stinks

IR those two guys plus AJ Francis will be unavailable all year. Anthony Johnson one step closer too. WE may have 4 UDFAs make the team. Yikes...

McClain
Williams
Johnson
Hoskins

brackett gone too? yeah put down Hoskins on the 53 in ink... unless someone mysteriously becomes available on final cuts

Man just release Gilissee already he will not make the team

A.J. Francis ‏@AJFrancis410 4m
IR isn't close to the way I envisioned my season, but I'm grateful that I'm still a part of this team all year. #StrongerTogether #PhinsUp 🐬


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The above statement reveals you have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by: another one exposed | August 26, 2014 at 04:19 PM

His Brother Art Rooney Jr. is the ARCHITECT of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He the longtime NFL executive LIFER his Father famously scolded on his Death bed for passing on Dan Marino!

You want to discuss or debate me do it under your usual screen name!

Omar Khan who we interviewed for our VACANT G.M. job was in fact the candidate out of the original interviewed that I didn't care for much given in Pitt. going back to the Noll ERA it's the Art Jr. show! Today his son Art the 3rd's being groomed!

Art Jr. is the President of the team and his son the V.P. Bro Dan is the team Chairman and face at NFL functions (Even today!) The one with little clue here is yourself!

Posted by: fin4life | August 26, 2014 at 04:28 PM

I'm still waiting!

I thought Francis would make it before his injury, sad to see him, Lynch, and Gill out for the whole year. A bit surprised about Binns and Brackett being cut this early.

My new projected 53.

Bubble Players- D. Thomas, Hoskins, Garner, Brenner, Anthony Johnson, Jenkins, Freeney, D. Jones.

These guys could all be gone if we find improved depth at TE or another position.

Toughest Cut- Thigpen

QB(2)- Tannehill, Moore
RB(4)- Miller, Moreno, D. Williams, D. Thomas
WR(6)- Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Matthews, Landry, D. Williams
TE(3)- Clay, Simms, Hoskins (get a guy off waivers here, Kyle Miller is not the answer)
OL(10)- Albert, Colledge, Satele, Smith, James, Pouncey, Turner, Thomas, Garner, Brenner
DL(8)- Wake, Starks, Odrick, Vernon, Mitchell, Shelby, Fede, Anthony Johnson
LB(8)- Misi, Ellerbe, Wheeler, Tripp, McCain, Trusnik, Jenkins, Freeney
CB(4)- Grimes, Finnegan, Davis, Taylor
S(5)- Delmas, Wilson, M. Thomas, Aikens, D. Jones
Specialists(3)- Sturgis, Fields, Denney
Suspended- Jordan, Jones (Don't take up a roster spot)

Just my 2 cents at this point.

Brackett probably headed for practice squad. Looks like:

1. Charles Clay
2. Dion Sims
3. Kyle Miller
4. Harold "Gaitor" Hoskins

Are the four TE's. I'm just suspecting the fins keep 4. If keeping 3 I'm suspecting Miller's out and Hoskins is in.

I honestly think the undrafted RB D. Willimas is better than Lamar Miller I guess we'll find out over the season...

AJ, hang in there!
MIT, aren't BOTH Williamses undrafted FA's?

Doug Kyed ‏@DougKyedNESN 5m
Darrelle Revis says "the atmosphere was a little down" after Logan Mankins trade.

The only guys we could miss this year are AJ and Gillislee. Time to move on though and give quality coaching time to the guys that are actually going to be on the team.


IR those two guys plus AJ Francis will be unavailable all year. Anthony Johnson one step closer too. WE may have 4 UDFAs make the team. Yikes...

McClain
Williams
Johnson
Hoskins

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 26, 2014 at 04:38 PM

You really think Hoskins makes this team? I got a feeling we may bring someone in of another teams final cuts at T.E. Really nobody behind Clay and Sims (Whose still a bit vanilla himself)

Oh, Mark in Toronto. Later today you will listen to Joy Division and then be anointed by Lord Pelican in his Healing Balms!

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Three thousand Eskimos will pass nude by your home today.


AJ, hang in there!
MIT, aren't BOTH Williamses undrafted FA's?

Posted by: IMAWriter | August 26, 2014 at 04:46 PM

No the WR was a BALLER at USC who got drafted Rd-3 by Tenn back in 2010

Posted by: fin4life | August 26, 2014 at 04:48 PM

I absolutely see Hoskins making the team. The guy has that IT factor that Clay brings at the TE position for making big plays. I can see him lining up as a 2nd TE and a FB in certain formations. Philbin and Lazor love to have big bodies who can make big plays.


I honestly think the undrafted RB D. Willimas is better than Lamar Miller I guess we'll find out over the season...

Posted by: A Regular Here | August 26, 2014 at 04:46 PM


Moreno has proven in one swoop of an outing just how imperatively his rb corps needs UPGRADING. Inone outing Moreno has made Miller seem like a 4th string depth chart rb.

The greatest problem with this is no rb under Miller has proven a CLEAR UPGRADE to him. Yes, Darkwa and Williams reveal promise, but neither has a proven a clear upgrade over Miller. Both have promise but still disturbing.

Clearly, 2015's draft will include a rb between at least 3rd to 5th rd. Unless Darkwa or Williams clearly separates themselves from an slightly disappointing LaMar Miller.

Posted by: NeMo | August 26, 2014 at 04:45 PM

Won't bother putting together post given I believe your as close as anyone can get save a surprise here or there. I however think Hoskins is gone as well (PS) and the T.E. Pos. gets addressed through the waiver wire at this point we only have 2 with any exp. and one is still in the middle of his learning curve IMO.

I see Hoskins making it. Only had 1 play against Dallas, but it was a big play. Read some good camp reports about him before he got hurt.

We are really thin at the position with Egnew and Brackett and Lynch on IR. We only have Hoskins and Kyle Miller backing up Clay and Simms currently unless I am forgetting someone.

Why not Dustin Keller?

Love Gator...how in the world did he score a TD almost 25% of the time he caught passes. The Phins would be foolish to cut him and try and hide him on the PS. That's not going to work.

Did the Pats really trade Mankins? Damn are the Pats arrogant. I think our DT's probably think it's a great move though.


I absolutely see Hoskins making the team. The guy has that IT factor that Clay brings at the TE position for making big plays. I can see him lining up as a 2nd TE and a FB in certain formations. Philbin and Lazor love to have big bodies who can make big plays.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | August 26, 2014 at 04:53 PM

His NFL.Com Bio actually compared him to Clay which I found interesting since we signed him but I really haven't seen anything so far that would garner a spot on the 53 man roster.

Fin4life could be true. We will see how Hoskins does Thursday, I am sure they will give him plenty of chances. It will be an important game for him and many other players.

I liked Brackett as a developmental player....might be something there. Liked what little bit I saw from Gator too,

Is there any chance the fins would be dumb enough to keep Thomas over D. Williams at running back?

Posted by: fin4life | August 26, 2014 at 04:48 PM

All depends what team that te is cut from. If from a team so deep they just could not afford to another good te then great.

Any other situation and its only collecting another team's garbage. For several seasons now, we've seen the Dolphins sign other team's GARBAGE E's and have yet to see any of them stick.

Therefore, I see it as a better solution to keep and develop a young promising te like Hoskins. Hope the fins do too. The waiver wire for te's in Miami hasn't worked yet. Years of failure has fully proven it.

Posted by: It's a new year... | August 26, 2014 at 04:57 PM

Bingo! Gator is gonna turn some heads at some point this season just as Clay did last year. A 2 TE set with those two in this Lazor passing game will lead to some big plays and lots of confusion on defense. I have very little doubt of this.

If Hoskins hits waivers, he will have a Clay type year for some other team, maybe the Pats.

I haven't heard anything on Keller is he ready to play or still recovering? Lots of teams don't seem interested.

Tannehill will be in the next wave of cuts to come.YIPPEE !!

Posted by: fin4life | August 26, 2014 at 04:55 PM

Only thing standing in Hoskins way of making the team, should they keep only 4 te's, is Kyle Miller.

KYLE-FREAKING-MILLER

Are you kidding me? If you can not beat out KYLE-FREAKING-MILLER you do not belong in the NFL period. Miller hasnt stuck anywhere he's been. ENUFF SAID!

He really does remind me of Clay

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10886848

Meat to say should they keep only 3 te's @ 5:06 PM

Brackett is not a classic TE, Armando. You could see Sims lining up with Moreno in the backfield to serve as a blocker. That's the future direction of TEs in Miami. You should like them big!


Therefore, I see it as a better solution to keep and develop a young promising te like Hoskins. Hope the fins do too. The waiver wire for te's in Miami hasn't worked yet. Years of failure has fully proven it.

Posted by: Still/Wade/County | August 26, 2014 at 05:02 PM

Won't dispute you here Breed but T.E. is awful thin Sims isn't the sharpest (polished) T.E. from what we've seen till now and more of a blocker. Big gamble by team if Clay were to get injured.

Logan Mankins traded to Bus. WOW!

"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."
- mando

HOW MANY FCKKNG TE'S DO WE NEED?
I know I'm stupid but I can remember the last time I heard Philly's TE name called in the highlights, is the TE so important in this offense that 5 TE's are not good enough?

Sims played terrible Saturday. Gator! Gator!....put the back up tackle in if you need blocking. I want to see Wallace, Hartline, Gibson or Mathews or Landry, Clay and Hoskins on the field for some plays. That's an awesome display of talent.

Actually, Sims put up a block from the backfield that sprung Moreno for 8 yds. You didn't notice it?

Charles Clay was one of Ireland's hits, 6th RD.

SO LOGAN MANKINS HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR TRADE?

Hickey wouldn't have been interested because he's not a career backup. (Mankins is not a career backup Hickey is a career backup GM).

DON'T SAY BELICHICK WOULDN'T TRADE HIM IN THE DIVISION

What's to stop Tampa from trading Mankins to any team, including the Dolphins, if the price is right. Offer them a 2nd rounder right now they'll do it.

And Clay is not a classic TE either, Armando.

HOW MANY FCKKNG TE'S DO WE NEED?
I know I'm stupid but I can remember the last time I heard Philly's TE name called in the highlights, is the TE so important in this offense that 5 TE's are not good enough?

Posted by: FckFace | August 26, 2014 at 05:13 PM

Actually I can recall the T.E.'s in Philly plenty with them using double T.E. formations. Didn't you at least catch there Playoff game with Celek and Ertz on the field alot with only 2 WR's and McCoy out of the "I"

Don't know if it had to do with sub-par WR's more than going Double T.E. as part of O philosophy but they ran with the formation plenty.

Posted by: It's a new year... | August 26, 2014 at 05:13 PM

With all the motion we run, could you imagine lining up Hoskins as the FB? He could then motion to aTE on either side of the Oline or split out as a slot receiver. There are so many options with he and Clay in this lineup, especially in the redzone!

Barry jackson reported that Keller is still not phsyically ready one year later. SOmeone will give him a chance at some point but how good will he be considering it will take him a year plus. Too bad because he was one of the more talented guys out there at that position. A pro bowler last year if not hurt, I speculate... damn DJ Swearinger!!

DOESN'T BLAKE BORTLES LOOK WAY OLD THAN

Tanne? He should be like 20 since he came out after his Jr year but he looks older than Henne, he looks like he's 30.

ETF @ 5:15, watch Philly again .. their TES are all over the field. Celek and Ertz get lots of action then they also have others on the roster. We probably won't go with 4 given we are deeper than the Eagles were at WR last year and we are three deep at very good slot WRs - probably four if Hartline goes back there... WE won;t keep four, but I'd be very surprised if we are not 3 deep in this system.

If there is one Player in the Miami Dolphins that Belichick fears is Charles Clay. He will do everything possible to neutralize him. If we get another one like that, BB won't have enough Players to cover.

SO LOGAN MANKINS HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR TRADE?


DON'T SAY BELICHICK WOULDN'T TRADE HIM IN THE DIVISION

What's to stop Tampa from trading Mankins to any team, including the Dolphins, if the price is right. Offer them a 2nd rounder right now they'll do it.

Posted by: FckFace | August 26, 2014 at 05:22 PM

Dude, you answered your own question. Uh... yeah, there is a criteria Belli would trade within the division, but that's called:

S...C...A...L...P...I...N...G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Tampa Bay now trading Mankins, how can I say this:

NO...FUKKIN...WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Both their OG positions totally suck. I still expect something maybe going on with Mankins. Belli let him go awful cheap.

Actually mando tweeted that Ireland called about Mankins two years ago during his holdout and it was A NO GO!

I noticed a horrible fumble at the 25 that seemed to cancel the guy doing his job on a blocking assignment.

Remember the play where Sims split the seam? Me neither but I saw Gator do it and score a TD.

Logan Mankins traded to Bus. WOW!

Posted by: Still/Wade/County | August 26, 2014 at 05:12 PM

Remember they were the ones who took the flyer on John Halapio out of UF. Another 1st Rd guy with issues BUT with the talent for sure! Seems he showed enough to Beli in Pre-Season (Were he and LT Cam Fleming played alot) that they made the CAP space while adding to there usual pile of extra picks.

No need really for the CAP space right now and wonder about the conditional draft pick they got given Mankins was under contract till 2017 and it would have taken a #1 for me also wonder if the money is part of longterm deal to keep Revis in N.E. Remember he hasn't had that CB to run his D since Ty Law.

Oscar, your man boobs are enormous and disgusting. Put on a bra.

We should keep 4 TEs, 2 H-backs, 2 blockers.

S/W/C,

Belichick has a degree in economics from Wesleyan.

He trades/doesn't resign players that cost more than they benefit. Every position on his roster fits that criteria. Therefore when he trades he does it for the highest price not because of who may get him.

Mando says he wouldn't trade him in the division because Mando does not know any better.


Too bad because he was one of the more talented guys out there at that position. A pro bowler last year if not hurt, I speculate... damn DJ Swearinger!!

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | August 26, 2014 at 05:25 PM

On 560 AM Joe Rose said the issue with him is related to nerve regeneration. To bad! He signed a 1 Yr. deal BANKING on himself (Rare today) and has that happen to him! I called it cheap then and it still looks cheap to me the way he came in at the knees with Keller turning himself around. By the way didn't that A-Hole just catch issue with the NFL for another senseless hit on defensless player this Pre-Season?

f4l, if Mankins wasn't 32 (the magical drop off age for non qbs it seems), they would not trade him no matter who flashed what in preseason. This is simply an example of the Pats getting something (although in substance it's nothing) for a guy who has one year left in the tank.

I think they would've been better off keeping him. No chance the Pats pull something out of that 4th round pick. When was the last time the pats got anything of substance beyond the first round? I can't remember.

They were a bit arrogant here IMO. There isn't even any guaranteed cap charges against Mankins deal from here on in. I think a 6 time pro bowler is a guy you keep until he can't play anymore. the return? A 4th rd pick... the average 4th rd pick plays ~ 5 years in the league and averages about 4 starts a year with only a 2% chance he makes a pro bowl (during the last ten years). So in effect the odds are they traded him for a guy that will be less than a 2 year starter in his career....

Yeah, thats what they talk about value. Belichick thought that what they gave for Mankins was value. But what does BB knows?

yep f4l, he put a concussion on Wes Welker and peyton chewed him out in front of the world. Obviously this guy doesn;t get the preseason code. This guy will eventually be phased out by the NFL ... he's not lasting beyond his rookie deal. remember Chuck Cecil from Green bay? Same deal ... when his time was up, he aqs cut by the Packeers and not one sould came a calling.

Same deal with that Jets dude that almost beheaded Anquan Boldin in the most painful hit I've ever seen and Boldin still came back ... that was the biggest Tough SOB moment I've ever seen.

" When was the last time the pats got anything of substance beyond the first round? I can't remember."
- MIT

Dude who were the Pats WR's last year and where did they come from?

BELICHCIK DRAFTED OL FROM UF & STANFORD

Hickey drafted OL from North Dakota A&T and Coastal Carolina. Then has to hire Collegde and satele off the street.

Just because Billy Injun is not NFL ready does not mean that Belichicks picks are not NFL ready.

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