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The not-so early preseason depth chart

Now that the third preseason game has been played and the 53 man roster cuts will be completed at the end of the week, the roster is beginning to take shape.  Coach Sparano has stated he believes about 90% of his roster is set and has also decided on a starting center.  Here are my estimations on Miami's final roster.


1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team/4th Team
QB Chad Henne
Chad Pennington
Tyler Thigpen
RB Ronnie Brown Ricky Williams Patrick Cobbs/Lex Hilliard
FB Lousaka Polite
WR Brandon Marshall
Davone Bess Marlon Moore
WR Brian Hartline
Patrick Turner
TE Anthony Fasano David Martin
John Nalbone
LT Jake Long Lydon Murtha
LG Richie Incognito


C Jake Grove
Joe Berger
RG John Jerry
Donald Thomas

RT Vernon Carey Nate Garner
1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
DE Kendall Langford Charles Grant
Tony McDaniel
NT Randy Starks
Paul Soliai
DE Jared Odrick
Marques Douglas

SOLB Koa Misi
Ike Alama-Francis

ILB Channing Crowder Tim Dobbins
ILB Karlos Dansby
Micah Johnson
WOLB Cameron Wake
Charlie Anderson
CB Sean Smith
Nolan Carroll
Benny Sapp
CB Vontae Davis Will Allen
Jason Allen
S Yeremiah Bell Tyrone Culver
S Chris Clemons
Reshad Jones
1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
K Dan Carpenter
P Brandon Fields
LS John Denney

Probably the hardest one to guess is the offensive line with Lydon Murtha and Cory Procter.  I think Procter is the better of the two, but I think Miami may keep Murtha until Garner recovers.  When Garner returns, I think Miami may look to release Murtha and resign Procter if he's still available.  If Miami places Garner on the IR, I think they'll keep both Murtha and Procter.

The TE position is also hard to figure out, depending on the severity of the injury to Joey Haynos.  I am guessing Haynos has suffered a torn achilles, which will need to be confirmed through an MRI.  I am not a firm believer Miami will use Nalbone as their 3rd TE.  They may choose to go with a free agent or only keep two TEs.  If Miami chooses to go with 2 TEs, I think they will keep either Quentin Moses or Erik Walden at OLB.

The next noticeable change is at the ILB position, where I think Micah Johnson has the inside track.  He's shown a lot in his limited time and was even on the field with the first team at times against the Atlanta Falcons.

I expect Miami to keep six CBs on the roster until Will Allen returns.  Coach Sparano said this week he is doing well with his rehab and lets face it, with how poorly the secondary has looked at times Miami really needs Will Allen to get healthy.

Who does that leave for the practice squad?

I think Jonathon Amaya, Austin Spitler, Erik Walden, Roberto Wallace, Kory Sheets, Ryan Baker, Nate Ness, and Chris McCoy are all good candidates to fill out the eight man unit.

My apologies to Matty for using his format in the depth chart, but it does make it look cleaner.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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