After standing pat much of Friday, the Dolphins have begun making some moves.
- Running back Jonas Gray has been cut. He faced difficult odds making the roster as an undrafted free agent competing against three drafted running backs (a 2nd round pick, 4th round pick, and 5th round pick), and his fumble in last week's preseason game didn't help his chances. He's a possible practice squad candidate.
- While the team was still debating who to cut on Friday, they also bought in 6 players for workouts. All the players left without a contract offer, and the list, provided from Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, includes:
Wide receivers Da'Rick Rogers (UDFA signed by the Buffalo Bills this year) and former Bethune-Cookman wide receiver K.J. Stroud. Rogers, for those who didn't follow his offseason with the Bills, was signed immediately after going undrafted, then proceeded to get on the coaches' bad side. There were rumors of lack of effort in practice and giving up on routes in pre-season games, particularly when he knew he wasn't the first option on the play. It speaks volumes when a team signs a guy for cheap as an UDFA but decides to cut him despite his talent. Also notable - Rogers didn't receive ANY snaps at all in the Bills' final pre-season game right before he was cut: The team had decided they had seen enough of him and didn't bother giving him one last chance.
- Last note - with John Jerry still working his way back from injury, the Dolphins are apparently still open to starting Nate Garner at right guard, at least in week 1. Jerry's performance in practice leading up to week 1 will go a long way in determining if he gets the start.
UPDATE: Dolphins release offensive lineman Chris Barker. Barker worked primarily at right guard in preseason and earned a negative grade from ProFootball Focus in 4 out of 5 preseason games. He was unable to move up the depth chart at right guard, despite injuries to John Jerry, Lance Louis, and Nate Garner and averaging 26 snaps per game.