Today the Dolphins cut their roster down to 53 players in advance of the start of the regular season. The roster moves were made in three different categories:
-20 players were waived. These are players with less than four years service time and they must pass through the waiver wire.
-Six players had their contracts terminated. These are veterans with four or more years in the league. These players are now unrestricted free agents.
-One player (OT Lydon Murtha) was placed on injured reserve.
As for the guys who “made the team,” remember that there will be plenty of churn on this roster all season long. Additionally, players that were made available by other teams could be added, which means that more cuts will be coming.
That said, I’m glad that both WR’s Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace made the team. Also interesting to note that OL John Jerry is still around–a lot of people were worried about the former third round pick, but Tony Sparano is clearly not quite ready to move on.
The one thing that caught me totally off guard today was that Murtha has been placed on IR. That’s a serious blow to the depth on the offensive line, especially after Murtha looked like he took major strides forward this preseason.
At quarterback, both Pat Devlin and Kevin O’Connell were waived today. If Devlin clears through, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back on the practice squad. This means, of course, that Chad Henne and Matt Moore are the only QB’s on the current roster, so the team will have to add a third at some point in the next day or so (and release someone else).
In the backfield, plenty of people will be saddened to see FB Lousaka Polite go–and they should. One of the best men on this team, Polite was a pillar in the South Florida community. Wherever he ends up, the community will benefit. As for the on-field part of it, expect to see a lot less formations with a fullback and when you do, I imagine some combination of Charles Clay and Lex Hilliard will fill the role.
In case you’re wondering, Reggie Bush tweeted that he plans on keeping #22, even though Will Allen, who had been wearing #25, was let go.
Finally, a nice observation by Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, who noted on Twitter that not a single undrafted free agent made this version of the 53 man roster. We had said all camp that this would be a tough year for those guys to make it and that proved to be the case. I thought RB Nic Grigsby was the standout of the group, but there was obviously not a spot for him. Meanwhile, all of the Dolphins drafted rookies made the team, which is a very nice reflection of the work that the team was able to do in April.
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