Miami Dolphins 53-man Roster Projection - Post Roster Cuts

Aug. 24, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) runs past Atlanta Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent (52) during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday I posted my most recent projection of the 53 man roster for the Miami Dolphins. Then the team went and blew it up with the trade of Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts.

Then, add in today's release of Julius Pruitt, and things are completely different on both sides of the ball now. Why not go ahead and update the projected roster.

Here is my current projection for the 53-man roster.

Quarterback (3): Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Pat Devlin

Running Back (4): Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller, Marcus Thigpen

Wide Receiver (6): Davone Bess, Roberto Wallace, Brian Hartline, Jeff Fuller, Chris Hogan, Clyde Gates

Fullback (1): Jorvorskie Lane

Tight end (4): Anthony Fasano, Charles Clay, Jeron Mastrud, Michael Egnew

Tackle (3): Jake Long, Jonathan Martin, Will Yeatman

Guard (4): Richie Incognito, Artis Hicks, Nate Garner, John Jerry

Center (2): Mike Pouncey, Josh Samuda

TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: 27

Defensive End (5): Jared Odrick, Derrick Shelby, Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Jamaal Westerman

Defensive Tackle (4): Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Tony McDaniel. Kheeston Randall

Linebacker (6): Karlos Dansby, Koa Misi, Kevin Burnett, Gary Guyton, Jason Trusnik, Austin Spitler

Cornerback (4): Sean Smith, Richard Marshall, Nolan Carroll, Quinten Lawrence

Safety (4): Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones, Jimmy Wilson, Tyrone Culver

TOTAL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS: 23

Kicker (1): Dan Carpenter

Punter (1): Brandon Fields

Long Snapper (1): John Denney

TOTAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS: 3

Notes:

  • WRs - I still don't have Legedu Naanee making the roster, mainly due to a lack of chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. To make up for Pruitt being cut, I have added Clyde Gates back onto the roster.
  • O-Line - No change from Sunday - Lydon Murtha fell off the roster this week, because I have a feeling he will spend his second straight season on injured reserve. Murtha has, reportedly, reinjured the foot that required surgery last year, and he is in danger of having to be shut down again. With him going, the dorr opens for Andrew McDonald, Will Barker, and Yeatman. I picked Yeatman out of the group because the coaching staff seems to like the former tight end, putting in the work to transition him from TE to tackle. I would not be shocked if it was Barker who made it instead. Artis Hicks could be another guy in danger of landing on injured reserve - which would open a roster spot for Ray Feinga.
  • D-Line - Jamaal Westerman takes the roster spot of Vontae Davis, for now. I don't think the Dolphins go into the season with only four CBs, but, I don't think the fifth is on the roster right now.
  • Linebacker - No change from Sunday - After adding rookie Josh Kaddu to the 53-man roster last week, I dropped him off this week.
  • Cornerbacks - Two changes messed up my CB roster projection, the trade of Davis and the cutting of Jonathan Wade. With that, I bumped Quinten Lawrence on to the roster, giving the team four CBs, a position they will probably look to upgrade in waiver pickups or a trade.
  • Practive Squad - This is probably the area with the most change this week. Wide receiver Chris Hogan was bumped onto the 53-man roster, tight end Les Brown was released by the team, along with running back Jerome Messam and defensive tackle Chad Alecxih. While any of those three could be brought back to the practice squad, the fact that they were in the first round of cuts doesn'tmake things look good for them. - WR B.J. Cunninghan, WR Rishard Matthews, OT Andrew McDonald, DT Isaako Aaitui, LB Josh Kaddu, CB Vincent Agnew, CB Kevyn Scott, S Anderson Russell
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