The Miami Dolphins trimmed their roster
to the league-mandated 75 players today by trading CB Vontae Davis
to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday and cutting WR Julius Pruitt today. However, on Friday by 9pm, all NFL teams are required to deliver 22 more pink slips, settling on the “final” 53 men. Here are players who are likely on the bubble this week, and must show the coaches they are worthy of a roster spot:
B.J. Cunningham, WR
– This year’s 6th round pick out of Michigan State hasn’t shown much to separate himself from an already tepid group of receivers.
Clyde Gates, WR
– Gates was drafted in 2011 to develop into the Dolphins main return man and deep threat. He didn’t really do either last season, and has been hampered by injuries during training camp. Frankly, he hasn’t shown anything worth keeping on the active roster. The bottom line is there are other young receivers who show much more potential such as Chris Hogan and Jeff Fuller.
Will Yeatman, LT
– Unfortunately, there isn’t room for the young tackle.
Ray Feinga, LT
– Similar to Yeatman, there just isn’t room on the roster to keep him.
Chandler Burden, LG
– I would imagine the Dolphins will keep 9 offensive lineman and Burden will be the odd man out. Either Ryan Cook, Josh Samuda, or Nate Garner will likely win the final roster spot and backup both left guard, right guard, and maybe center.
Ryan Cook, C
– Cook will be battling with Josh Samuda to backup Mike Pouncy at center. Likely the more versatile of the two will stay.
Josh Samuda, C
– See comment above.
Nate Garner, RG
– Although a solid player, Garner was leapfrogged by John Jerry in last week’s depth chart, and is only on this bubble list because of Jerry’s elevated play.
Will Barker, RT
– Barker and Andrew McDonald will battle it out to back up rookie starter Jonathan Martin.
Andrew McDonald, RT
– See comment above.
Jeron Mastrud, TE
– Although he’s shown promise in his almost full year with the Dolphins, he might be a casualty of the team going with rookie Michael Egnew despite Egnew’s struggles in camp.
Michael Egnew, TE
– He’s had a rough camp, that’s for sure, so he’s not guaranteed to make the roster. However, the Dolphins invested a 3rd-round draft pick in him, and he’s not likely to be cut this year.
Roberto Wallace, WR
– Despite his size and physical stature, Wallace has never developed into the type of receiver the Dolphins had hoped. He’s had a fresh chance with a new coaching staff this training camp, but has failed to grasp basic route running and separation techniques.
Brian Hartline, WR
– Hartline hasn’t played a snap all camp because of a calf injury. The coaching staff will have to carefully study tape on him, but in a tight receiver race, he could end up getting the axe, as surprising as it would be.
David Garrard, QB
– The injury to his knee really screwed him. And what’s screwing him more is his slow rehab and age. Couple that with the fine play of second year QB Pat Devlin, and Garrard might have to be the odd man out in Miami after being the favorite to win the starting job a month ago.
Steve Slaton, RB
– Miami is strong at running back, and while Slaton is a solid back he hasn’t been able to beat out Marcus Thigpen in the return game and on special teams. The Dolphins aren’t going to cut rookie Lamar Miller, so Slaton will be looking for work elsewhere.
Do you agree who I’ve listed here? Who would you hate to see go on this list? Tomorrow I’ll make my list of defensive bubble players, so be sure to check back.
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