Well, it may be a day off for a lot of folks out there, but the Dolphins were back at work today, practicing in preparation for Sunday’s Week 1 opener against the Bills. The team also made some roster moves today, adding LB Bobby Carpenter, a fifth year player out of Ohio State and another former Cowboy. To make room for him, the team released Charlie Anderson.
It has been a weekend of change not only for the Dolphins, but all around the NFL, as teams have been making cuts and scouring the waiver wire for late roster additions. Today, after an initial delay, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media to discuss the changes.
Prior to the coach coming into the room, the team officially announced that they had waived DE’s Charles Grant and Marques Douglas as well as guard Cory Procter.
Today the Miami Dolphins announced that they have terminated the contract of two players, waived 18 others, and acquired versatile offensive lineman Pat McQuistan from the Cowboys for an undisclosed draft pick.
There are some definite surprises here, starting with the fact that TE David Martin, re-signed midway through training camp, has had his contract terminated. The team can, of course, bring him back early in the regular season, which could change the amount of guaranteed money that he is owed.
Tonight, the Dolphins will play their final pre-season game of 2010 as they get their first look at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Despite the interest in the new stadium and the storyline of guys like Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano returning to their old stomping grounds, this game is all business for Miami. After sputtering on offense and looking sloppy on defense in what was supposed to be the “dress rehearsal” game against Atlanta last Friday night, the Fins need to show the fans and their coaches a little bit more tonight.
Head Coach Tony Sparano met with the media today for the first time since Saturday night and had plenty to say about the 10-7 win in the pre-season opener as well as plenty of other things. First, some good news: both Patrick Cobbs and Tim Dobbins, who missed the game, are expected back at practice this afternoon. On the other side, the coach said he has “no idea what the time frame is” as far as CB Will Allen’s return from what has been reported as arthroscopic knee surgery.
Coach Sparano met with the media late this morning and addressed a variety of topics, including the kick return situation in the wake of Kory Sheets’ season-ending achilles injury. Sparano said that Patrick Cobbs will get some reps now and that he also has a couple of other guys he wants to see. He mentioned that during pre-season games there are such limited times to see kick returners in action which, to me at least, sounded like he wanted to know which guys he would be auditioning before going into the pre-season opener on the 14th.
Finally, some offense. In our first installment, we took a look at the very top of the Dolphins numerical roster, eight men who wear uniform numbers in the 90’s. All eight were defenders. Today, we move down to the 80’s and you know what that means…receivers and tight ends. Enjoy…
#89 Taurus Johnson: A potential factor in the return game equation, Johnson was one of the most prolific return men in the history of the University of South Florida.